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Spring Lift or Shackle Flip

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ike, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. ike

    ike Registered Member

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    Looking to lift my 76 Blazer 4''
    From reading the forums it looks like BDS or Tuff Country lifts are both good.
    Blocks in the back are not the best option,and it's explained why.
    Now....All Spring lift in the back ? or Shackle Flip ? or part Spring and part Shackle Flip??? and Why +'s @ -'s pro's and con's ?
    Thanks for all the great info !!!
     
  2. TravisO

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    I've got a rear spring lift and like it just fine, except one thing. I ordered a 4" kit and they sent me 6" rear springs. For the past two years I've gone without a top, tailgate, and doors. The front has slowly sagged while the rear hasn't moved much due to the lesser weight. It really sits too high out back. So now I'm contemplating selling the rear 6" springs and putting the stockers back on with a shackle flip. Food for thought.
    Travis
     
  3. 74 chev

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    i would go with a flip its just a lot better design and will allow for a better shackle angle and some better flex.
     
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    if you tow with it spring lift if not shackle flip it
     
  5. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Depends on what you tow , the hitch system , condition of springs , etc .

    Light towing probably won't be an issue , like a utility trailer or bass boat .
     
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    Depends, I'm doing a combination because I wanted to replace my shot stockers, but still wanted a decent ride for the height. A combination was my best choice istead of all spring. If you only want 4-5" and your rear springs still have life in them, a Flip would be the best choice for price,ride and performance. I've even talked to people who tow with them and no problems. If your stockers are shot, JCWhitney sells stock replacements pretty cheap that would go well with your Flip also.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I have a shackle flip and love it. I also tow (boats, a m105 trailer loaded with gear, and a utility trailer) with no problem.
     
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    I did a home made shackle flip. The best part was the only thing I had to pay for was a couple of grinder disks.

    With a shaclke flip you are using your old springs that have alredy settled so you know how high the rear will sit two months from now. That way if you alredy determined that you need another inch you can throw some zero rates in there at the same time and be done with it.

    I swear my Blazer rides smoother after the flip too.
     
  9. ike

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    Flip is the best?

    Looks like the flip is the best way to go for the ride ....Thw only advantage to the spring is towing....and some tow with the flip...? My springs are totaly shot so its going to cost about the same $$ no matter what,,
    Thanks
     
  10. pauly383

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    What do you intend to tow ?

    I hauled a Blazer tub with top on , didn't feel it , did 55-60 on flat freeway fine .

    If you bear in mind what the truck is supposed to do , in its GVWR , and don't exceed it , its no biggie with a simple flip and good springs .

    I wouldn't try doing any work a real 3/4 ton or 1 ton pickup truck is supposed to do .
     
  11. ike

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    I want the best ride

    Im not going to tow I just want the best ride with light off road fun
    Thanks
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Then pick your poison and get on it :D
     
  13. ike

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    any brand will do it
     
  14. randy88k5

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    hehe, yeah, scotch, many memories...
    Id recommend tough country EZRide. Very good for the price, plenty of sizes avaiable, many people carry them, and [ive heard] they ride real nice. I got a set for mine. Steven at ORD can help you out, and hes a big supporter of the site. He can answer any questions you have, and recommend a setup that would suit you well.

    www.offroaddesign.com

    As for the lift, and/or shackle flip, its up to you. I would recommend new springs, cause im sure yours have seen better days, mine sure had. I would reccomend to get a 2" spring rear, 2.5" shackle flip, and 4" front spring. Id start there, and work your way up. Word of WARNING, it gets expensive quick. Ask me how I know :crazy: ...
    :D

    PS: get a membership with all the knowledge youve gained and the money you have saved :D
     
  15. ike

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    I will real soon thanks
     
  16. ike

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    Ok... ordered a kit today

    Ordered a 4'' BDS all spring lift, complete kit , springs , bushings , u bolts , hardware , shocks , steering arm , and steering stabilizer....<Ordered from a local shop,should be here in a day..
    Ordered a steering box mount,weld in repair kit and cross brace from ORD,should be here in a few days....
    Joined as a member of this site today<<seems the same as before??
    Thanks all for the tech help
     
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    Yes, it might on the surface, but you can do so much more now.

    You can have your full profile
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    You can have access to 'all' forums
    You can personalize your viewing mode
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    You get the respect of the other members
    Im sure I missed something else

    All of this, $25 a year seems pretty cheap. Ive saved hundreds on unnecissary modifications. (Ive spent thousands on the necissary ones :doah: )

    Enjoy, and again, welcome...
     
  18. ike

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    You did miss one

    It says member under my name...lol
     
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    yeah, I wouldn't tow with my shack flipped k5... but that has more to do with my 700R4 and wheelbase than anything else. Anyway, yeah unless you plan on towing heavy trailers a flip should be fine. Its definitely more flexible than replacement springs.. nothing flexes like a worn out stock spring. :thumb:

    j
     
  20. TravisO

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    Everyone's post says that. It just means you are a registered member (you gave them an email address and set up a user name), and not just a guest. The people that donated $$ get the lit up green dot in place of the darkened gray dot next to their name. Like mine, see (I'm pointing to it on the computer screen right now). I also paid for the upgraded service to save a couple hundred so I could spend a couple thousand. I call it my disease.
    Travis
     

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