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pictures of my new "buggy spring" suspension

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bigdaddy89, Jul 31, 2000.

  1. bigdaddy89

    bigdaddy89 1/2 ton status

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    pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    I took a few pictures of the install and then some afterwards. By doing this new
    suspension I was trying to accomplish more droop and tuck. Another
    reason
    was to improve the ride while maintaining the same ride heighth. I
    started
    by using a stock chevy main leaf spring. I then cut it down to 16 1/2
    inches. I bolted it through the frame using grade 8 bolts. I then took
    Procomp 6 inch springs and removed the 2nd and 4th springs. By doing this
    I
    retain the same length and arch. I kept the shackles the same length,
    but
    made the center to center holes and 1/8 of an inch longer. I still have
    the
    Rancho 9112 shocks on in the pictures, which are 26 1/2 inches long.
    They
    are stopping me from drooping anymore. I am installing the Ford shock
    towers
    on Friday (with the help of Moose) and changing my shocks to the Rancho
    9012
    which are 32 1/2 inches long. I figure I should be able to get another
    3-4
    inches of droop with these shocks. Since I changed the shackle angle,
    the
    tire no longer hits the back of the fender as you can see in the
    pictures. I
    used Daystar greaseable shackles which helped out with the ride and
    articulation. It now rides as if it had stock springs. I am going to
    build a
    shackle that will come down over the "buggy spring" to keep it from
    moving
    up and down or side to side during on road driving. I will also have to
    do
    some more exhaust modification along with a driveline spacer. The
    steering
    will need a drop pitman and either a steering block or drop draglink.
    This
    install took about 8 1/2 hours to install and that was with every
    possinble
    tool available to me. This has been the most difficult modification by far I
    have
    done to my blazer. If you have any questions, please ask. Give me a
    while to
    respond on the posts, because I won't be around my computer much tomorrow.
    Copy and paste this to address window.

    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=982527&a=7216487
     
  2. James90

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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    kick ass!!!!!!!!!!!!

    [​IMG]Go prepared

    I have a Shotgun a Rifle and a 4WD(K5) and Country Boy Can Survive!!!!
     
  3. CK5

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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    David
    Would you mind if I put this in the tech section here at ColoradoK5.com? This is the kind of stuff we all like to check out.

    Steve Fox
    90 3/4 ton K5
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  4. bigdaddy89

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    Steve,

    Sure thing. If you need anymore information, let me know.
     
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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    Am I missing something? I don't see an attachment-was there a picture?
     
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    address at the bottom, dude

    shaggyk5

    aint nuthin in the world like a heavy chevy!!
     
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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    When the single spring drops, allowing the entire spring assembly to droop, does it strike the exhaust? and about the pinion angles, does it change the angles ( making them different), and have you had or have problems with the entire axle shifting right and left under full droop. Very cool project and nice looking rig by the way!!![​IMG][​IMG]

    <font color=blue>White Knight</font color=blue>[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    It will probably end up hitting the exhaust once I put the other shocks on. Since the buggy spring is bolted into the frame by two bolts, it does not move side to side. I am also putting another shackle on that will bolt the buggy spring to the frame, and keep it from possibly moving side to side. Since I did not change the ride heighth at all, it did not change the pinion angle. I am putting a spacer in the driveline at the transfercase to help keep the driveline from coming apart at full droop.
     
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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    Saaaaaaaaaaaaa Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet, Man,,,,, that's the kind of inovation I like to see!
    Nice Job, Dude,,,



    Todd 78/87[​IMG]
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  11. AJMBLAZER

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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    Cool, like the custom nerf bar too!

    1992 Blazer Sport, 350 TBI, 4L60, 3" Gibson, K&N, 3" Rancho, 285/75R16 on 16x8 Baja's
     
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    Thanks BigBurb.
     
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    Thanks BigBurb.
     
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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    great work bigdaddy, can you say looong travel driveshaft. or limiting straps. with those new ranchos you will be drivin off the end of the ramp. im just curious how much lift you had in the first place and how you retained it with the buggy conversion. i thought longer shackles lifted a rig half their height.
    anyway, looks awesome!
    gotta love those projects!
    MTPockets.
     
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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    Have you had much sidesway or did you mount a panhard bar?

    Mike [​IMG]
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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    After looking at it(which it looks great), can you use the stock shackle location to bolt a quick disconnect to the frame, and then bolt the other end to the buggy shackle. then when you need full flex, pull the pin and rotate the frame/buggy shackle down. i don't know just a suggestion

    Michael
     
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    Re: pictures of my new \"buggy spring\" suspension

    AJMBLAZER- I will customize any nerf bar somebody wants to send me. I going to have some rockcrawlers make soon.

    MTPockets- I installed a spacer in the driveshaft today to help with the length. I am going to set up the shocks to limit the droop. Since I will be driving so slow offroad, it won't hurt anything. I was originally a Procomp 6in lift. I used the same springs, but took out the 2nd and fourth leaf. I also used the same length shackle, but since I moved the mounting point down 4inches I didn't have to lengthin them at all.

    Emmettology101- I used two 1/2 bolts running through the entire frame plus I put 1in squared tubing inside the frame where the bolts run through it. I will answer more to this in my next response to Jmpd.

    Jmpd- I intended to put a seperate shackle in the exact area you are talking about from the very beginning, but ran out of time. I will probably do it this weekend. It will bolt into the existing shackle holes and hold the buggy to the frame and if it does move side to side the shackle will eliminate this.
     
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    Leave you and Moose alone and look what you guys do! Looks cool and functional but i'd be asking Moose to get you some ORD shackles asap! The stock ones tend to bend rather easy! Got this saturady off...if you guys plan to tinker email me as having sat off is pretty rare...if not i'll see you on the 12th!

    AZBLAZER

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    AZBLAZER-I managed to pull this one off on my own. Well a friend of mine that works at a bodyshop helped me with the use of his tools and getting everything lined up. I made those shackles that are on there. They are about 1/4 inch thick. I think me and Moose are doing the ford shock brackets Friday, if he has time. I have to work Saturaday until one or two. See you on the 12th. YYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.
     

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