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shackle flip

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Cornfed-90K5, Jan 2, 2001.

  1. Cornfed-90K5

    Cornfed-90K5 Registered Member

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    I am considering putting the ORD shackle flip on my blazer, and I am interested in hearing from people who have already put this on. My main concern is on road handling since my Blazer is a daily driver.

    Cornfed-90K5
    1990 K5 Blazer
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    UseYourBlinker 1 ton status

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    I am also thinking about doing the flip......I am ether going with a 4 or 6 inch lift.

    If it ain't a Chevy, don't raise it up!
     
  3. Stoopalini

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    I am planning a shackle flip here pretty soon and have been researching it a lot lately.

    The general consensus seems to be that the shackle flip is more desireable over lift springs because the shackle flip retains the stock springs and keep a smooth ride. All the reviews I have read commented on how the handling was improved over blocks.
    Anyime you lift a K5, you're going to get a decrease in handling; the shackle flip seems to have the leasat amount of handling loss.

    I plan on installing mine in a few weeks, so maybe then I can give you 1st hand info ..........

    Thomas.

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    Now, when you do a shackle flip do you flip the shackles in the front as well as the rear? If not how do you go about getting the front end lifted?

    Dan Hathaway
    '86 K5 Silverado
    Pretty much stock for now but I've got big plans like most Blazer owners do :)
     
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    The Shackle Flip lips only the rear shackle. You must lift the front with Lift Springs ........ or some other way ??

    I plan to use a 2" Lift Spring along with ORD's extended front shackles

    Thomas.

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    I have a 2.5 inch lift now, and wanted to go with a 4 or 6 inch lift, so if I went with a 6 inch lift how would I raise the rear? 4 inch shackle flip and new 2 inch springs? or 4 inch shackle flip and old springs with 2 inch block?

    No machines are perfect !
     
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    Either one of those options would work, although I personally would opt for the 4" Shackle Flip and 2" Lift springs.
    The blocks tend to cause "Axle Wrap" while the lift springs won't.

    Then for the front, you will need 6" lift springs ........ Or maybe 4" Lift springs along with ORD's Extended front shackles.
    I remember reading somewhere that ORD's HD Front Shackles will lift the front apx 1 1/2" or so.

    Thomas.

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    I helped Steve install his shckle flip which was not too hard, and I have ridden in Steve's blazer both on the highway and watched it work on the trail after the flip and it rides and performs as well if not better than the stock set up with four inch lift blocks. He still uses his as a daily driver so go for it.
     
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    Thanks for the help I currently have 6" springs in the front and 4" blocks with a 2" add-a-leaf in the rear and I am going to leave the add-a-leaf and use the 4" flip.

    Cornfed-90K5
    1990 K5 Blazer
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    Yeah, definately go with the flip. I pondered this question a while back and was deciding to go either springs or ORD flip...anyways Shawn convinced me to go with the flip and I thank him for it. Not only is it cheaper than newer springs, its much better. Springs and blocks, yes even blocks, have their positives, but the flips positive outweighs both. Anyways, I've been running the flip for about 5 months now and no problems. I'm very happy with it. Check out my site for more info on the flip if you like.
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  11. kpanza

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    Yes, go with the flip kit. I used to run a 4" lift with springs up front and blocks in the rear. I used to get axle wrap bad, plus the blocks seemed to move around a little under severe usage. I just completed my 6" lift with Superlift 6" springs up front and the ORD 4" flip kit + Superlift 2 1/2" lift springs in back. The 2 1/2" springs help "even out" the stance of the truck, looks much better than when the rear sits lower. The ride is very nice (Superlift Superride springs, not Heavy Duty) and the flex is pretty good, although not quite as saggy as my stock springs I used to have (they were 13 years old, so they drooped a lot!). But with Detroit locker in back and ARB in front, max flex is not as big a deal anymore! :) Anyways, you will be happy with the flip kit, is very high quality!

    The only two problems I ran into were 1) The driveline angles were thrown WAY off by the combination of the flip kit's built in correction + the lift spring's correcting shim, so a lot of experimenting was needed to get the angles better (still not perfect) and 2) Maybe a small oversight by Steve when he designed the shackles, but if you have a standard trailer hitch on your Blazer, you will have to modify the shackles to get them to fit around the hitch frame supports. Luckily we had a torch and we simply cut off a portion of the shackle to make it fit right. Keep that in mind before you disassemble everything, cause it caught us by surprise!
     

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