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super low buck shackle flip!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by **DONOTDELETE**, Jun 3, 2001.

  1. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    cool![​IMG]

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  2. HispanicPanic

    HispanicPanic 1/2 ton status

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    now that is bad ass been looking to cut mine and making it myself but that looks alote stronger than cutting it thanx man PS when you say weld the boot are you refering to welding it to the frame as well as having the bolts

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  3. ChadH82

    ChadH82 1/2 ton status

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    Did you end up with 4 inches still?

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  4. Twiz

    Twiz 1/2 ton status

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    Looks cool. Pretty ingeniuse

    I took a look around too, I like your web page, Wheelin pics came out good. Bonus points for the C5!

    Twiztid
     
  5. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    Looks good - I'm off to go prowl the junkyard for a set of hangers!

    I'm so poor I can't even pay attention [​IMG]
     
  6. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Will ANY set of front hangers work? I was looking at mine and they look the same. Just need to swap in some new bushings. I don't need a 4 inch lift so I'll hafta go a little shorter. Looks pretty straight up tho'.

    "My blazer may be slow, but it goes faster at higher speeds"

    Jim
     
  7. you need to get the hangers off a pick up. the blazer ones are different. they don't hang down far enough plus they do not extend far enough from the frame to keep the springs the same distance apart in the rear- at least on mine, i have a 78, the year they changed the frame and floor pan. i'd bring a tape measure with you to the salvage yard and make sure it will work. i took tons of measurements before and during my swap. the ones i took off the 81 short bed are beefy. i kept the bracket that the goes on the back side and mounts to the under side of the frame too. when you look at one you'll see what i mean. i can give more info and pics if anyone wants. it did come out to a 4 inch lift. i need to shim my pinion down and i haven't had a chance to wheel it yet.

    hispanic panic, i do plan to weld it in addition to the bolts. just want that extra strength and insurance. i can't reach the nuts on the inside of the frame cause of the tank so retightening ( is that a word?) will be a pain.

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  8. CV202

    CV202 1/2 ton status

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    Now that's slick. How's the ride, any difference? Did you have blocks before?

    Why do people keep calling it a Bronco!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. i can't really tell much difference on the street. i haven't hit the dirt with it yet. i had 4 inch blocks before. it actually sits a tad higher in the back now than it did with the blocks. i really like how it came out. i also moved the hangers forward 3/4 inch so my shackle angle would come out right.

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  10. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Jason, GREAT job on the shackle flip - GREAT job on the site...............GREAT job being an Oregonian......lol.

    What sand dunes were you at that you saw this "newfangled" shackle flip?

    Is that Colin Quinn from the Oregon Bushhackers?

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  11. POWERMAD

    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    Nice job.
    Lookin good.


    my truck's not dirty, it's earth tone paint
     
  12. Twiz

    Twiz 1/2 ton status

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    With all these guys in Oregon, wheelin' around and comeing up with stuff like this, I think I need to relocate!

    Jason, are you running those 52s yet?

    Twiztid
     
  13. mpascino

    mpascino 1/2 ton status

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    I cut mine like mentioned and honestly it was simple and quick. As for strength I've pulled wheelies in low gear, jumped it, towed 5000lbs and done full out dounuts with my truck and not a single problem or anything that would stop me from doing it again.

    You call that dirty!?
     
  14. Frank, i was at the Christmas Valley sand dunes. o lot of fun. first time in the sand with my rig. made me wish i had a locker and about 500 hp. yes that is colin quinn. funny thing, i met him on obh and it turns out he lives right down the street from me. like 2 minutes away max. i also live about the same distance from brians60s. he's about a stones throw from colins house. small world, huh!

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  15. twiztid, i'm just spring bushings and extended shackles away from putting the 52s on. i wanted to get the shackle flip done first so it would be easier to level out my ride once i see how tall it is with the new front spings. i don't plan on taking any of the leaves out. you never filled me in on those 63" rears!!! whats the scoop?[​IMG] hows your project going?

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  16. Blue85

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    Yes, this is a good way to do the shackle flip. It has been discussed on this board a few times before over the last couple of years and there are at least a handful of guys that have already done it, all reporting good results. The only advantage that the ORD kit has over this is that it reuses the original holes for the rear bracket, whereas your method requires drilling new holes. Myself, I prefer your method because I believe in building a truck out of factory truck parts as much as possible. Plus, it looks completely stock to the untrained eye. I actually have the "cutout" flip on my rig and I have showed it to several people, most of whom described it as "stock rear suspension". With your method, only real Chevy guys would be able to pick out the change, except for people questioning the extra holes in the frame and of course a side-by-side comparison with a stock setup.

    The "cutout method" is by far the least expensive and the least amount of work" It can be done literally for a couple dollars and a couple hours, unless all the hardware is rusted up and has to be cut out and replaced.

    One question for you: Is it possible to drill new holes in the bracket and reuse the original holes in the frame? I understand that this might not yield the optimal shackle angle.

    <font color=green>If a K-5 is "Built not Bought", why does this stuff cost me so much money? [​IMG] </font color=green>
     
  17. 84Sierra

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    I like it
     
  18. i was only able to use one existing hole. the new spring hanger is shaped differently then the original. the "ears" of the bracket go up at an angle so they don't line up. plus i had the bracket cut down as the ears are about 6 1/2 inches long and the frame is only 4 1/2 inches tall. hope this makes sense.

    thank you everyone for the great responses.[​IMG]

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  19. Twiz

    Twiz 1/2 ton status

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    Great, let me know how the 52s work out!

    Mines still along ways off from seeing some action, But I think I finaly have the suspension diald in! I took the RF tire off, strapped my cherry picker to the knuckle and cranked her up until the LF tire finaly came off the ground. Front axle was at a 38 deg. tilt. and measured from the center of the RF axle to the ground was slighly over 60 inches! (36x15x15 bias D/C on the other 3 corners) But the body is not fully bolted on, and it dosn't have a cage yet (my next project!)

    I was trying to figure out how to post some pics last weekend, with my freinds help- we both got fed up and I think I'll try it again next weekend. (I'm new to the net thing)

    Keep me posted on what you find out!

    Twiztid
     

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