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several questions

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by hailey, Dec 13, 2002.

  1. hailey

    hailey Registered Member

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    first off, let me tell you guys about my stuff. my dad bought a 72 blazer brand new. it has been sitting in a garage for almost 20 years. i have been wanting it since i was 15. well, after 8 years of bugging him, he gave me his mostly stock blazer with 70,000 miles on it. it's kinda in rough shape (just hasn't been kept up with...), but when i sell my truck i'm going to fix it up. now, on with the questions...
    1. after thinking about it for a while, i have decided to lift it 2 - 3 inches and run 33s. does anybody have pics of a blazer running this setup? since its my daily driver, i want to keep stuff kinda simple for now.
    2. i have the oportunity to buy a warn classic winch bumper off of an 89 silverado real cheap. would this fit my blazer? i'm not sure if the frame rails on the 1st gen blazer and 88-98 trucks are the same width. i called warn a few weeks ago, but they said they don't even have the first gens in their books...

    well, i have a lot of plans (which i'm sure will lead to a lot of questions), but i'm going to wait till i get some cash together before i start with those. i just need to know about the bumper soon before he puts it in the paper. thanks for all the help

    hailey
     
  2. silver

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    bouncytruck 1/2 ton status

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    Congrats on the "new" truck. You might be able to get the bumper to work if you fab up some new brackets. I doubt it will be a direct bolt up. Also, the bumper may not follow the body/grill line.
     
  4. Topdown

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    I dont have any pics yet, but I am working on them... I am currently running a 72 with 2" lift and 32" tires. I am moving to a 4" lift right now, and will be selling my front springs & rear lift blocks (very cheap) as soon as I go buy my rear packs. I am also going to add a 1" zero rate to eliminate the appearance of gravy booty that the 1st gens have.

    The 2" lift with 32's looks ok, but the 4" with 33's looks much better. Besides, if you have decent rear springs you can get some soft Tuff Country (softest spring rates compared to Skyjacker or Superlift - I just called all 3 companies and investigated that one myself a few days ago) front springs pretty cheap ($190.00 a set or so) then get the shackle flip kit from ORD ($185.00 or so @ www.offroaddesign.com) and keep the stock ride.

    Hope that helps a little...

    -Ryan /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    thats a good looking blazer. do you have any problems with the tires rubbing? also, where did you get your grill guard? thanks

    hailey
     
  7. Burt4x4

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    Congrats!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    I say do not get the warn calssic bumper. It is somewhat flimsy and someone already said it won't fit/look right. Our first gen front end grills are angled and the others are more flat. For a winch bumper there are a few guys out there making custom stuff. I have an old version KMA bumper. the style has changed nowa days but you can see pics at the link below. There is also a guy here www.4x4iron.com that can make peerty much whatever you want.
    Best of luck with your awsome score!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I think the frame rails on later trucks are not the same distance apart. The brackets may not line up. Those Warn bumpers are pretty flimsy. The problem with a 2-3" lift is the steering geometry. If you lift it 4" you can get a 4" steering knuckle. I have a 3" lift on my K-20 and the draglink angle is not quite right. I'm not positive but I think to lift a Blazer with new springs you need the rear spring to be 6" to get a 4" lift. With a shackle flip you should not have this problem.
     
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    Sorry... I was wrong on the price of the rear shackle flip for the first gens... they are $160.00 for 4" of rear lift plus, I think ORD is having some kind of sale on shipping...

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    Click on the my pictures link on the bottom of my post and there are several pics of my 72 with 4 inch lift springs and 33x12.5x15 BFG Mud Terrains. Also on my Avatar to the left.

    John
     

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