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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 85GMCJimmy, Apr 26, 2001.

  1. 85GMCJimmy

    85GMCJimmy Registered Member

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    well i know you all have seen this one post so much, and beleive me i searched and searched for previous post. I never found what i was looking for. I want just enough lift to fit 33 x 12.50's. I am looking at maybe getting the 2.5 shackle flip and 2 inch springs in the front, most likely BDS for qaulity. I know you will all say go to a 4 inch lift, but i am just a kid, when i get out of college, it's just going to be a project Jimmy. and i will get my something else to drive around. My friends and I go mudding every now and then so i need a little bit of clearance. I live on acarage, so when driving in fields i do not want to worry about tires coming in to eat my sheet metal, if you get my drift.

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  2. ChevyCaGal

    ChevyCaGal 3/4 ton status

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    You're right...I am gonna say do the 4 inch lift. If you plan to lift it to 4" later then it's a waste of money to just do it 2" now. You'll have to rebuy everything to fit that size. Do it once and do it right....it'll save you money in the long run. If you're like me you don't have a ton of cash to toss around and want to save where you can.....

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  3. FatBoyBlazer

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    just get a body lift

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  4. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    A 2 1/2 inch lift will fit 33's. a 3 inch definatly. I'm going with a 4 inch cause when i get swaybar disconnects, the blazer might articulate enough to still rubb the 33's with 4 inches. If you aren't going to be articulating, then I'd go with 3 inches, but i have to warn you, you always want to go bigger. Your blazer will never be finished. Good luck!

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  5. 85GMCJimmy

    85GMCJimmy Registered Member

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    Yeah i know about body lifts, i can't stand that gap between the bumper. it's just not that pleasing to me for some reason. I will not scrub from mild off-roading with a 2 inch will i wiht 33 x 12.50, the 33 x 10.50's just look wenny looking to me
     
  6. Grim-Reaper

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    Well no such thing as a 2.5 inch shackle flip as far as I know. It's 4 inches. Fact of the matter is your talking less than $100 more to go 4 inch and it may be a break even deal at that. That extra $100 is for steering correction and you may still need to do it even with a 2 inch lift. Also I can garrantee your going to have scrub problems with a 2 inch lift off road. I can scrub all 4 tires with a 4 inch and 32's. As for springs...Call Stephen Watson at ORD and get a set of 4 inch EZ lifts. Best spring for flex for the cash. I think your looking about $225 for front's plus shipping. Also plan on new front shackle frame bushings. Most are worn out by now. Also figure in new Sway bar bushings while your at it. Same deal. This is is best do it (4 inch) now cause it will save hundreds later. If this was a street queen then yeah you would be ok for 2 inch to clear 33's but you already indicated you plan on mudding and it only takes slamming one tire into a fender cutting the tire and bending up the fender and you have spent FAR more than it will cost for that Streering arm. If you need to save cash then do it with shocks and get them at Autozone. Set of Gabrials will work just fine and save you plenty over the Rancho's that most people go for. Best way to buy shocks is get the lift on and with no shock get the truck flexed some way. Might take driving over to that freind that works in the warhouse to get him to lift a tire with a fork lift. Take comression mesurments and extension mesurments. You can take these measurment to Auto Zone and they can pull the specs to see what shock will be the closest match to that figure. The big problem will be the front. You will have more travel than you can get a shock to handle in the stock location. also take the compressed lenghts and add 3/4-1 inch to them so they don't EVER bottom out. You may loose some droop but that will geek you from busting off shock mounts. The bump stops need to stop the upward travel not the shocks. Don't forget to lower your front bumps. There is not enough travel in rear springs that you need to worry about it.
    I will tell you this. Plan on a steering brace as next purchace after you recover from paying for the lift. Again it's a $100 that can save you atleast that with the extra Torq the lift puts on the frame.
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    $225-$250 front spings with plus shipping
    $125 Shocks with tax
    $75 for bushings Get good ones like Energy or some other good quality Polly for the frame shackle mount and sway.
    $30 for shims ( you will have to shim the rear axle to get correct pinion angle if you do a shackle flip.)
    $175 for flip kit from ORD or about $40 for blocks. Flips is best but here you could save some cash with blocks for a while and most blocks have the correct angle os you won't need the rear shims.
    $50 for U joints for the front Usualy a give since stock springs are 2-3 leafs and replacements are 4-5
    $100 for new steering arm.
    That will be pretty close to what you will spend to do it right the first time.
    $100 plus shipping for brace
    $100 for quick disconnects. This is not a HAVE to have but I really like them. They really made the truck ride better on the street and got rid of the bump steer that happens with lift since the sway is at the wrong angle after a lift.

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    It dont get any more detailed than that!!! [​IMG] Well done Grimmy! Pat yourself on the back!
     
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    i got a 2in lift w/ 33x12.50 and they fit fine w/ room to spare.

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    ORD has a 2.5 shackle flip kit. I have 33x12.50 bfg on 15X10 eagles and they run at full lock going over a curb. you could buy a rough country 2 inch with blocks and shocks and use the 2.5 shackle flip kit. I paid less than 300 for my 2 inch. No steering correction or driveline problems. But do wish I would have done a 4 now.[​IMG] Will be trimming the fenders soon!
     
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    Well done. But steering arms are around $60.00. I just bought mine about 6 weeks ago.........

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  11. Grim-Reaper

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    Yeah I padded the prices a little to acount for Tax if a local buy and shipping if a phone order.
    On the fit issue...yes you can fix a 33 with a 2.5 no problem and if your on the street then yes you can go for it. Hell clipping the fender you can fit 33's with NO lift. If you wheel I advised against it. Now there are more variables. Depending on the brand tire you have you may be closer to a 32 than a 33. My 32 BFGs are as tall as many other brands 33's. BFG is pretty close to the marked hight. There is also a variance with the springs. I run Rancho 2.5's and they lifted my truck 4 inches over stock. I measured it against my wifes stock 79. That is even with my Massive bumper on the truck and I sit dead level with a shackle flip. Even so I can stuff every tire on the truck enough to scrub. both fronts scrub between the inner fender to floor bolts. they did hit the bottom lip till I cut out the fenders. The rears scrub the wheel tubs. Now I run stock 8 inch rally rims. You go to a 10 inch rim or a different offset and you will make the problem worse.

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  12. muddin4fun

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    I agree with Grimmy (who wouldn't). On the street, 33's will do fine with 2 or 2.5"s, but even when you're mudding, you might hit an unexpected bump and there goes the fender or your $140 tire OR both. You could extend the bump stops maybe, but then on the street you'll be hitting them. If you don't want to lift it very high, then you're either gonna have to do some trimming or smaller tires.

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    i just put in a rough country 4" lift , i paid 300 bucks for the kit and that came with the steering arm, shocks , front springs, rear blocks and all the hardware. i then bought extended front bake lines for $50 .it's worth it just going with the 4" lift from the start you won't regret it. i put in a 4" lift and wish i went with a 6" i have 33's on it now , down the road i'll get 35's..............don't waste your money go with the 4"
     
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    I put a tough country 6" lift on my jimmy. That is about as high as you can go without getting in the more major mods. I have 35x12.50r15's on 15x8 rims. When I flex hard they will rub a little. That is with the sway bar connected. 6" and 33's shoulden't look bad.

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  15. ChevyCaGal

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    I have a 6" suspension lift and currently have 33's. The 33's look too small. But I didn't have the cash to put out for the 35's or 36's I wanted. I am going with bigger tires as soon as I eat the 33's up......(don't go by my site pics though, those are the old 36's I had that looked way cool [​IMG])

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