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Rear shock mount

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rts, Jan 19, 2002.

  1. rts

    rts Registered Member

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    The left rear upper shock mount is broken. How hard id it to replace? Does it bolt on, or weld on? Do i have to lift the body off the frame to get to it?

    The Chevy house wants $18 for the bracket. Is it avaliable cheeper?

    Thanks.
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    That bracket is riveted on from the factory. I repaired my upper left bracket once, lower right side twice and upper right side once then I got fed up and relocated the upper shock mounts to fix the problem for good. The rear suspension on a K5 has a lot of flex and the shocks mounted in the factory locations tend to bottom out easily and shear mounts off.

    Here is a look at relocated shocks on Steve Fox's Blazer.
    <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/ranchoreview.shtml> Shock relocation</a>
    You'll see the fronts and rears relocated...in my opinion the rear is much more critical because it will prevent further breakage as well as allow for more flex.

    As for repairing what you have...when I did the left side bracket I welded up the broken bracket. It is difficult to get to and I would guess even harder to replce than to re-weld.

    Rene

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  3. 55Willy

    55Willy 3/4 ton status

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    I have one I can take off my frame, I'm not using it..I'm doing a relocation set up too.
    let me know.

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    When the S#!T gets deep, you have to keep moving and friends can always pull you out</font color=blue>
    55 Willy's
     
  4. TorkDSR

    TorkDSR 1/2 ton status

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    im a k15 guy, but on the k5's dont you need to get rid of the fuel tank?

    beligerence doesn't justify intelligence.
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  5. Mudzer

    Mudzer 1/2 ton status Author

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    If you want to eliminate those problems all together, then contact <a target="_blank" href=http://www.mooffroadoutfitters.rockcrawler.com>Steve Frisbie</a> and order the new upper shock mount crossmember and housing brackets for your application. I have this setup and it is going to be awesome. I will let you know how things go after the installatoin.

    Later,

    Neil

    Mudzer 1978/91 K5
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  6. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    I broke my upper rear right shock mount off as well. I ordered the replacement part from GM for $14 but then I decided to do with Steve Frisbie's shock relocation kit...so that is now on order....I still have the factory bracket if you want...I'll sell if for $5, you pay actual shipping...

    Chris

    Was that a speed bump? No, just a Rice Rocket </font color=red> <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/fortcollinsram>My 87 Blazer</a>
     
  7. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    Which side? passenger or driver? I need the drivers side.

    My Chevy isn't broken, its just out of gas.
     

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