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Rear Shock Problem!!??!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by stimpy, Jun 30, 2001.

  1. stimpy

    stimpy Registered Member

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    Hey All,
    I have a little problem. Last week when I went to put new shocks on my 84' K5. The forward facing shock on the rear axle has started streching the mount hole. It has gotten to the point where it is almost to the upper frame rail. What is the best way to fix this? I thought about welding a plate on there, but the brake and fuel lines run right under the hole. That would involve a lot of work. Would it be possible to bolt in a plate. Do you all have any other ideas.

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    Todd Miller
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  2. Pugsley

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    You might be able to drill it out and put a bushing in it, or tack washers around it for a quick fix. Another Idea would be sandwiching pieces of 3/16" plate around it and bolting them on with atleast grade 5 bolts. It's also wise to use a bushing of some sort if you go that route.

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    Or you could relocate the rear shocks from the outside to the center in a angled fashion. They say that it makes for better articulation..... Just a thought.
     
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    Weld the stud for the shock in the bracket. GM got smart later on and actually pressed in the stud, instead of using the nut arangement that is prone to "walking". Make sure you use a good shock stud, and make sure NOT to use those locking nuts they give you in the shock kits. The locking nuts absolutely ruin the threads, and with the stud welded in, you need to keep the threads in good shape. Use nylock nuts, lock tite, anything that holds the nut on tight, except the crimped steel nuts.

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