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Rough country lift kits, can please i have a product review?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by cheyenne_77, Nov 18, 2002.

  1. cheyenne_77

    cheyenne_77 Registered Member

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    I have recently asked a question here about the full 4 inch spring lift and alot of users point to rough country lift kits. Can i please have rough country user opinions on their views on this product and how they fair for wear rates (if springs have sagged) and on what terrain. (BASICALLY if you guys recomend them and swear by them.) Thanx /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  2. heavy4x4

    heavy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    I have the 4" Rough Country system (w/ rear springs) installed on my truck. You can see pics in my signature.
    Here are my opinions on the lift:
    - Directions are crap, so you either need to know what you're doing, or read up on the install procedure covered several times on this board.
    - Price is very good for the product you get. I'm very happy with the system. BUT, the springs are stiff. If you are planning on doing a lot of rough-road driving or want a grandpa-car ride, this is not the kit for you. If I had to do it again, I'd spend the extra $ for the Tuff Country system.
    - The system is a big 4". I don't have any sagging and it's been on for two years.
    - Overall rating out of 10, 10 being the best: 8. The two point deduction is for the stiff spring rate. (When you go over rail-road tracks, it's hit the brakes and cross your fingers and hope your truck continues on the other side in one piece)
    Hope that helps you make up your mind/answer some questions. Any more questions, just ask.
    Also, the other members that I know of that run this kit are Gary_86_K5 and milspecjimmy. (I hope I got the names right)
     
  3. frankin5

    frankin5 Super Mall Crawler Premium Member

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    I have rough country 4" lift on my blazer. I love the the ride and the stance. Had rancho 4" front and tuff country 4" springs before this lift. The blazer rode like a steam roller. The rear appeared about 1 1/2 lower than the front. It now has a very even lift appearance. Used the 3/4 ton springs.The only negitive I have is the kit is more like a 6" lift than four. This kit is 2" higer than what I had before.
     
  4. Scooter

    Scooter 1/2 ton status

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    I installed the 4" all spring kit on mine about a year ago. It is a FULL 4" kit (read: closer to 5") but it has settled some, not much, but some. So far as directions go, well, they are terrible but its not rocket science to figure out what goes where. The ride is firm but not uncomfortable for a lifted truck (if you want a Caddy type ride then get a Caddy /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif). Mine actually rides better now than it did with the stock stuff. They will flex more than you think. I had mine on for all of 2 weeks (less than 500 on road miles) when I first took mine off-road. First time I got it crossed up I put the tires into the fenders. At the time I was running 33's (measured lil less than 32" installed on the stock rallys) and no swaybar. I primarily wheel on wooded trails but have recently gotten more into playing on the rocks.

    IMHO the kit really cant be beat for its price and everything that it includes. Especially if you will use the truck to tow or haul much. Overall I have been very happy with the kit and would use it again. My only real complaint had to do with the brake line extensions, they are as bad as the directions. Do yourself a favor and order up some extended brake lines and pitch the little brackets.
     
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    milspecjimmy 1/2 ton status

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    i am with heavy, i have the same lift and some 35" tires. pics in signature, and yeah i dont like rail road tracks at all. but it is a daily driver, and i couldnt be happier with the street manners of this kit.
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    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    I have the 4" full spring kit and agree with everything that has been said so far. You can't beat it for the money. Poor directions but how hard is it to bolt up a leaf pack, really?!?

    I also agree with the brake line thing. Ditch the brackets and go get some extended SS brake lines. That is what I did and it was smart. Do it now or do it later, but you will do it.

    My RC springs flex pretty darn good. I have BFG MT 35s on 15x10 Hellcats. With trimmed fenders and bushwacker cut-out flares and a 3" body lift, I can still mush the tire into the fender while offroad. Should be interesting what I have to do with the fenders once I get the 42s bolted on!

    I alos tow a 3,000lb travel trailer with my rig (about 400 lbs tongue weight) combined with a storage locker in the rear with probably 200-300 lbs worth of tools and spare parts. No sag.

    Go to my link below and you can see some pics of my install. And I didn't measure, but it is a BIG 4" lift.
     
  7. heavy4x4

    heavy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    You K5 owners won't have to worry about this...but attention all 3/4 pickup and suburban owners. The rear springs are 56" long instead of 52". In order for Rough Country to accomodate this, I had to get the rear springs for a 3/4 ton pickup. I'm very happy with them. I have so much crap loaded in the back of my 'burb and it still sits level. It also flexes nearly as well because of the added length.
    This brings up a point about Rough Country's customer service. When I got the system, because it was basically a 4" system for 3/4 ton pickups, the u-bolts for the back were for a 14 bolt (I have a 10 bolt) So, I e-mailed them explaining the mix-up, and within two days, I had 10 bolt u-bolts at my door. How's that for customer service!!! Also, the 56" rear springs are supposed to be $50 more. That figure never added into my total bill /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah I was really happy with my kit!
    I bought a 4 inch for my old 78 K5... Springs/blocks...

    One of the shocks got damaged in shipping... nothing major, but a nice big ol dent... I called them up and they ups'd me one and I had it in a few days!

    Great Service!
    Good Product!
     
  9. cheyenne_77

    cheyenne_77 Registered Member

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    You all sound very convincing, but the question is, well i tried their website and there is no email address , can anyone please give these guys my details (fpsaila@vtown.com.au) and ask them to email me if they can freight these to Australia? I am currently looking at ARB here and am not satisfied in my own mind that they have built a specialised product for our trucks as we have NOT got many at tall here. (from what i heard there are only about 4 77 K5s getting around here) and i would really like to import from people in the know. Thank you. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    answerman @ heckethorn.com
    (Don't include the spaces - I did that so it doesn't show up as a clickable link - type it into your vtown.com.au account)

    Use that as an e-mail address. Whoever answers the e-mails does a good job. (I had to use this when I ran into the u-bolt problem I stated earlier. I got an answer the next day) I'm sure whoever it is, is able to answer questions regarding install problems, as well as shipping and other issues. Give it a try!
     
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    Gary 86 K5 1/2 ton status

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    I just got done installing the 4 spring 4" lift last week. For the price, you can't beat it!!! My Blazer definetly rides alot rougher now too!! The only thing bad I have to say about it is that my lift kit came with NO instructions at all!! Other than that everything else was good to go. Oh and by the way, mine looks like its about a 6" lift right now, I think my springs need to settle some though. Overall I'm very happy with the kit for the price! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    cheyenne_77 Registered Member

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    Thank you all above for your contribution to my post but i have been doing some calling around and what i have discovered here is, Yes it would be good to bring them in on the caes that if CUSTOMS did not make it a c&*^ for me as the import taxes are abit over 100% of purchase and freight prices put together!!! But what i did learn is that aslong as i get my spring rates right and going through the technical table on this sight then i am able to get the front springs retempered with extra leafs and then go through and level up the truck by getting the rear ones re-tempered. I have no choice on this as every one here hasnt got a clue on the Blazers. Thank you all and sorry for wasting your time. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    I know you are talking of the 4" but I put the the 2" add a leaf under my saggy springs all the way around and I now love the ride it used to be very bouncy, you could almostget the rear off the ground by running a beer can over!! Maybe not but it seemed thata way. It wound up that the 2" measured out to be 3.75" of lift measured from the receiver hitch and the rockers as well. It sits very level, just a little bit of slope to the back. About like stock. I would rate mine at a 9.75 out of 10 with 10 being the best only because I wish that I would have went with the 4 inch I think!! But for $100 for springs and $120 for shocks it is great. I haven't had it real long but it hasn't sagged in the last 5 months and hopefully won't until I get my taxes back so I can go to the 4". Good luck.
     

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