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ORD shakle flip and?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 77K5Blazer, Apr 12, 2001.

  1. 77K5Blazer

    77K5Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    I want to go with the 2.5" ORD shakle flip, but I am not sure what to do about the front! I was thinking about the 3" Tuff Country lift that ORD carries, and doing a steering box brace at the same time. Would 3"s be enough to copensate for any droop and level off my 77? I want 33's with this kit, and this will be the most likely route, but what do y'all think? I would like to install it with the help of my dad, so would it be straightforward? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. fad2blk99

    fad2blk99 1/2 ton status

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    I'd just go with the 4" lift. Its a good all-around lift and can accommodate up to 35's if you so decide. Its also easy to install.
     
  3. 77K5Blazer

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    I cannot afford gas mileage on 35's! Hell, I can't afford it on 33's! Plus, at 4 inches, I would be on the verge of having to get new drive lines and brake lines and all that other bull$hit that goes with 4" and up lifts! So...any other ideas?


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  4. 77K5Blazer

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    I cannot afford gas mileage on 35's! Hell, I can't afford it on 33's! Plus, at 4 inches, I would be on the verge of having to get new drive lines and brake lines and all that other bull$hit that goes with 4" and up lifts! So...any other ideas

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  5. Brady

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    I would also go with the 4" lift.The only thing you would need is a raised steering arm.Which I would put on with the 2.5" lift also.In the long run you will probally be much happier than down the road you want it taller and need to fork out more cash.Brady

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  6. BurbinOR

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    Actually, I agree with fad2blk. A 4" lift gives you options............as he said to run either 33's or 35's (when you get that urge, and you will!). No driveline mods are needed, maybe a drop of the transfer case, but that is simply moving the already installed spacers from inside the frame to outside the frame where the mounting plate is. Also, longer brake lines are NOT needed for a 4" lift either.

    You should do a steering arm change for a 4" lift, heck, you would probably need to do it for your proposed 3" anyway. Cost of those is $55.

    Just my $.05........inflation adjusted. [​IMG]

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  7. BadDog

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    I gotta throw in with the rest, go with 4". You can generally run a 4" without any more problems than a 2.5 or 3". Worst case, flip the 1" factory spacers in between the x-member and the frame to lower the tcase 1". Usually that is not even necessary with a 4".

    Bad Dog

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  8. '73 K5

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    I think you've got your idea crisscrossed about the saggy rear of the Blazers. You mention the 2.5 inch flip for the rear and 3 inch springs on the front...that is going to make the front even more nose high. What you want to do is lift it more in the rear. I have 2.75 inches in the front and a 4 inch lift in the rear of mine and it sits PERFECT and level with the hardtop on.

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  9. 90STYLE

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    for the love of pete..... listen... heres your Rx for 4x4 fun:
    tuff country E-z ride springs.
    ORD 4" flip kit. keep the stock rear springs
    lift correction steering arm (see any article on BFH for installation tips.)
    2" drop drag link
    greasable shackles.

    all of this should be had for less than 1000.00 including longer shocks and brake lines.
    Now you can fit 33 with no rub, or if you have 3.73 gears go with 35"s but trim up those fenders!!!

    good luck
     
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    Yup, what everyone else said...[​IMG]

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  11. Stoopalini

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    Hey 77K5Blazer,

    I did the 2 1/2" shackle flip in the rear because I didn't want the 4" either. Most guys on here will try to convince you to do a 4" because, well, of what they already said.

    If you're still intent on doing the 2 1/2" shackle flip, I'll tell ya what I did.

    I installed the 2 1/2" flip kit in the rear and replaced my rear springs with those out of a 1990 K5. The 1990 and later springs have teflon padding which greatly increases ride quality.

    For the front, I installed a set of 2" EZ Ride lift springs and also installed a set of the ORD Heavy Duty Front Shackles. This gave me a lift height of apx 2 1/4" in the front. My front and rear now sit very level.

    I'm running 33"x12.5" tires right now, and I'll bet I could go to 35" with some minor fender trimming. But the 33's are fine for me.

    It's probably important to point out that I installed a 14 bolt FF at the same time I installed the shackle flip. I don't know if this affected the rear height, so I thought I would mention it.

    After the 14B FF, 2 1/2" lift, and 33" tires, I would estimate that I got a total lift of about 3.5" - 4"

    I did not have to get extended brake lines, didn't have to get a pitman arm or a steering arm, no adjustment of driveline angles were necessary, and didn't have to shim the rear either. Basically, I didn't have to do Jack after the lift was installed.

    Good luck in whatever you choose,

    Thomas.

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  12. 77K5Blazer

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    I will say this once, I WON'T EVER trim my fenders! I have all the factory chrome trim in tact and perfect shape, and 77 was the only year that the trim had gold inset in it! It looks SOOOO sweet. I have not decided what to do on the lifts, but I need another two months or so to gather some cash! I am still not believing this about no mods after 4"s! I have a bud with a 79 bronco sitting on 4" lift and 35's and he has all sorts of problems with driveline angles and steering and transfer case height! So I am a little skeptical! Thanks a lot for the help!

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  13. reddog64

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    You'll get better MPG with 35's vs 33's...

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  14. Cavalry

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    Hey 77. Go with what you want and what you think looks good. Sure a 4" and 35's are great for wheelin or if you want a bigger look. I personally just wanted 33's and a little lift on my truck since its a daily driver. I'm going with the 2.5 flip and TC springs.

    "There is a fine line between hobby and mental illness"
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