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Shackle Flips

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by pr1aw, Jun 7, 2002.

  1. pr1aw

    pr1aw 1/2 ton status

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    I'm going to do a 4" lift. Will a shackle reversal hold up to towing 5500lbs? Or go with the springs in back.
     
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    Do springs.
     
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    Doing a shackle flip (using ORD's brackets) will be stronger than stock hangers. Buuuttt... the load carrying capacity will be exactly the same as stock and you will (as with any type of lift) have a higher center of gravity. If you are towing on a regular basis you would benefit from the higher spring rate of new lift springs. Another option might be ORD's 2 1/2'' shackle flip and a 2'' add-a-leaf. That way you would end up with about your 4'' lift, and a slightly stiffer rear suspension, and the cost would be lower than buying new rear springs.
     
  4. Rebel88

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    i say do springs...thats what i did but in a 6 inch...never had any problems towing or in any other circumstance...

    Later
     
  5. 70~K5

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    Or do the shackle flip for your lift and install some overload air bags for when you're loaded heavy or towing. Then you have the nice ride when light and weight capacity when heavy. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    Would air shocks work? Whats an "overload air bag"?
     
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