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Suspension Has Arrived!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Waxer, Jul 12, 2000.

  1. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    I will begin the install of 4" Tuff Country EZ Rides up front, Replacement Rear leafs from an 88 K5 with Teflon pads and tapered edges, 4" Shackle Flip Kit from ORD, HD Front shackles from ORD, and greasable Polyurethane bushings all around. I'll try to take pics as the process is being completed. Thanks to all you guys I learned what is best for our rigs and what works, so I knew what to order. I'll keep ya informed.
     
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    I'm running 35 BFG Mt's and already have a 2" body lift.
     
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    What brand body lift do you have? Are you happy with the 2 inch lift? Any regrets?

    CHEVY - "THE HEARTBEAT IS GETTING LOUDER"
     
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    Yup, buddy, let her grow and keep us informed!
    Good luck
    MuleMaster

    <font color=blue>K5 Blazer...because size DOES matter
    http://projectmule.coloradok5.com</font color=blue>
     
  6. Waxer

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    I am extremely happy with the 2" body lift. I used to have a 3+" body lift with worn Rubber body mount bushings. I replaced those with a 2" Body lift kit "Performance Accessories" and a Polyurethane Body mount kit. No regrets, everything is solid now, when before I had all kinds of body flex.
     
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    Aye Waxer... How much did that whole set up cost you.

    BLAZE IT UP!!!
     
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    I bought everything from ORD, the 4" Tuff Country front springs, the HD Front Shackles, The 4" Shackle Flip, Greasable Polyurthane bushings all around for $643.
    The 88 stock rear leafs a friend got for me for $50 from the shop where he works at.
     
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    Do you guys think a 6" suspension lift is better than a 4" suspension lift and a 2" body lift? Just seems like the work almost doubles if you install a 4" lift then a body lift. Why not install a 6" and be done? Anybody have any suggestions about the pros and cons?

    CHEVY - "THE HEARTBEAT IS GETTING LOUDER"
     
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    Great question, I'd like to know too.
    I've got a 4" in already. Fender clearance worries me.

    Also, if you put a spare, hi-lift jack, 30 gallons of gas....is it better to get an extra 2 inches higher in the back to prevent the sag?
     
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    Yea, what about the sagging in the rear? My dad has a 88 Jimmy and it sits level - no sag in the rear. My 89 front springs are just about straight! I see several lifted blazers that are sagging in the rear. I wouldn't want to take the time and $$ to install a lift just to have the rear end sagging going down the road. What's the solution to a sagging rear end (on a blazer that is)??!!

    CHEVY - "THE HEARTBEAT IS GETTING LOUDER"
     
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    The sagging in the rear end is caused by sacked springs (worn springs). The ultimate fix for that is to put new springs on. That can be expensive. Another cheap fix that I have seen is to put an add-a-leaf, which will bring you back up level, but your rig will ride like a tank, like mine DID. Or another one is to put a second overload spring, but either put it upside down so it wont affect the ride, or cut it and it will act like a 3/4" lift block.
     
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    Or you could get 5" lift springs instead of 4" for the rear. (if you're going with 4" susp lift ofcourse) Burt4x4 told me that. He runs 4" springs up front and
    5 1/2" springs in the rear. He said it sits almost level. The rear is a tad bit higher, but very hard to notice.
    Boss
     
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    I have 4 inch Skyjacker springs in the rear. Installed July 88, started sagging this spring. Not even two years. If I go higher, I'll get an extra inch or two for the rear. From other posts, it sounds like bigger springs in the rear is the way to go, rather than adding a bodylift.

    89K5
     

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