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rear springs in the front for 4 in

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jacksprat1599, Mar 28, 2004.

  1. jacksprat1599

    jacksprat1599 Registered Member

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    In another post someone mentioned using factory rear springs in the front for a cheap 4 in lift.wouldn't this be really stiff because of the load carrying capacity of the rear springs? is the overload removed or flipped?are the springs the same length? I am interested in this but would like to hear from someone who has done it and if they like it.sorry for all the questions and yes I used the search function first to no avail.
     
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    i haven't done it but plan to, and have researched it quite a bit.
    the front springs are 46 or 47" and the rear are 52" so you will have to move the front srping mount.
    the front axle will be moved forward 2" from stock.
    the ride would be softer because the springs are longer and the front lift springs are stiffer than the stock rear springs
    not sure on the overload, some use it some don't

    this is all i can help with now. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    If he's talking about his '89 Burb, then he has most likely got 56" rear springs, would probably just be better off getting a complete spring lift kit.
     
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    I was told by one of the guys here on the sight that stock springs will work but give you the forward 2" on the axle and the ones that I measured on my blazer were the same length so you don't have to move the spring hangers forward from what I can tell. But it may be different on a Burb. So yes it's an option! There was another guy who put rear 4" springs in the front and it gave him 8" and a nice soft ride! This is what I'm considering doing! Good luck /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    So for 6" total lift I would need 2" rear 52's up front I'm guessing?
    Bill
     
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    I have 4" BDS 52" rear springs in my front. SUPER soft. I took the overload spring out and added a z-rate. put me at just over 8" lift.
     
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    I have stock rear Blazer springs on the front of mine. The springs are 5" longer then the regular stock front springs. Moving the front hanger forward 4" (easy to do) lets you put them in and moves the axle forward 2". I left the overloads in and it rides much smoother then the Tuff country 6" easy rides that were in there. I ended up with 4.5" of lift and I'm happy with it. Flexes great also.

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    Sandman, that looks so cool. It makes me want to go right out and do that to my truck. Thanks for post that pic!! /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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  10. 87sickboy

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    What about the steering? in terms of moving the axle 2"
     
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    Better go crossover. I dont think the stock setup would work out very well.
     
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    you didn't have to move the spring hangers?
     

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