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Spring Question Which do you prefer?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 87BrnRsd, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. 87BrnRsd

    87BrnRsd 1/2 ton status

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    First off, I did do a search but need information more specific to me so......
    I have an 87 K5 and am putting an echobit shackle flip on the rear. I am putting new 4" springs up front and cant decide on which ones to get. I want to keep it pretty flexy, but I am worried about too much body roll with really soft springs. I 4 wheel in some places that can get kinda scary at times and the last thing I want to do is roll my blazer. I was looking at tuff country ez rides for the front for $215 cause most people use them around here and are soft for flex. This is what I had first decided on but now am having doubts about. I want front springs for under $300 that can give flex but wont give too much body roll in those off camber situations. My blazer is a daily driver and weekend mudder, and do some rocks like uwharrie, and hopefully tellico sometime soon. I have heard of BDS but dont know about the prices on them so...? Let me know what yall think.
    Harrison
     
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    I was quoted $253 from a local shop for 4" BDS springs with bushings.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I was quoted $253 from a local shop for 4" BDS springs with bushings.

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    I have heard that they are flexy springs, but are they soft?
    That is a good price though. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Don't know of a flexy spring that isn't soft. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    yeah, go for BDS. not as soft as tc ezrides so it will be somewhat stable but at the same time they are nice and flexy/soft.

    j
     
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    Flex and soft are the same thing. You can't have a flexy spring that does not allow more body roll and vice versa. Why not just run sway bar quick-disconnects?
     
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    I plan on doing that in the near future, but I dont have enough money right now. I think I am going to go with BDS though now. Thanks.
    Harrison
     
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    Thanks for the help and picture. And your right, it doesnt really seem that flexy.
    Harrison
     
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    Is this as flexy as BDS springs get, or do yalls flex better than that?
    Harrison
     
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    pics dont look too flexy. are other things binding up (steering, driveshafts, shocks etc)???? or are the springs just too stiff??? Ive seen pics of a rig with 4" bds springs, seemed to flex pretty well. 6 inchers have more arch to em, but that should limit flex THAT much. <shrug> /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

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    I know what you mean. I was wondering the exact same thing. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    It doesn't seem that anything else is limiting flex...just the spring...?
     
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    Thats what it appears to be to me. There was a whole discussion about that on the page with the picture, but it looks like the only thing that could have limited the flex was the spring. I am thinking that the 6" spring just doesnt flex as well.
    Harrison
     
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    Real men ride Rancho's (and wear kindney belts- hehehe) /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Yeah, thats what my brother has and they bounce us to death!
    Harrison
     
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    I have owned 2 sets of Rancho springs...I will NEVER own another.
    But I do like their shocks...
     
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    Their shocks kick some a! Just a little too expensive for me. I'm going with doetesch's. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    Harrison
     
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    You said you will do sawy bar Q/D's in the future when you get the money. You can build your own sway bar q/d's for about $20 if you want. I built my own although I cant use them anymore because I moved my front axle forward 1". I will sell them to you for like $10 if you want them. They are missing 1 of the pins but you can buy it at Orchard Supply or any hardware store for like $5. They took about an hour to make. I would definitly go with the Tuff Countrys and a set of sway bar q/d's. We put some on my friends blazer and it drives perfect with the sway bar connected. Hope this helps. Later
    -fLeXy K20
     
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    Is there any way you can send me a picture of those? I am definitely interested.
    Harrison
     

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