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Rear hinge spring question / problem 1979 K5 blazer

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BozoWise, Apr 3, 2002.

  1. BozoWise

    BozoWise 1/2 ton status

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    Another 3" 1979 K5 bodylift question...

    What have you guys done to modify the rear tailgate hinge springs. They are mounted to the frame and provide torsion upon lifting the tailgate. Mine are TIGHT and I even removed them from the frame, They are now resting on the thin metal between the bumber and frame. Would it be ok to remove these and just use brute strength to shut the tailgate?
     
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    why do you want to remove them? If the tailgate sticks when opening and closing it is probably becausee the hinges are gummed/ rusted. Mine were, I took them out, lubed them up good w/ some penetrating oil while heating them (sucks the oil into the pin). When I was done they moved freely.
     
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    sorry, I just realized you were questioning about the 3" body lift. nevermind
     
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    No problem.. no offense taken
     
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    I cut mine and removed them... kinda tricky getting them out but a good pair of bolt cutters and some strength...
    you dont need them... just gets a little heavier to close the tailgate...
    Mine binded too... with the 3 inch body lift...
     
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    Well I am planning on getting the airsaw or cut-off wheel after them tom. Thanks for the info I just wanted to get confirmation that I did not "have" to have them.
     
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    I noticed no difference lifting the gate up when I removed them.
    They were such a PITA to get off I never bothered putting them back in.
     

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