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The cure for "Saggy Butt"

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Oct 19, 2000.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    Thought I would let you all now of yet another great product from Offroad Design.

    After installing the 1" Hill shackles the butt end sits a tad low, but off road design sells a 1" 0 rate add-a-leaf (basicaly a lift block) to raise the rear 1" to level her out. They bolt in with the spring pack like an add-a-leaf but act more like a block. You will not find these on their site yet due to the fact they are not sure on how to market them yet. I will be installing them this Saturday with a review to follow. This is a great product to cure the saggy butt that most K5's have, even the ones without a lift. They are available for sale now through offroaddesign.com.

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    Hey CK5, What size lift springpacks do you have in the rear??
    Now that I may have the hard top off for good, and with the top of I have just the opposite effect. So mabie I need the longer front shakes to level mee?? Yaa More parts to buy I love it!!

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  3. CK5

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    I run the stock 90 springs in the rear with the ORD 4" shackle flip, and with the top off (for good) it sat level, then I put the 1" lift Hill front shackles on that lifted the front another 1" so now I will put the 1" add-a-leaf in the rear (no affect on spring rate) to bring the rear to 5" of lift. (In the front I am running 4" Rancho springs).

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    I found the cure. 2.5 inch springs and half inch longer ORD shackles in the front. 4 inch shackle flip in the rear. By lifting it another 1.25 inches in the back, it sits perfectly level.

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    How much did it run?
     
  6. CK5

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    The only problem with using x amount of lift in the front or rear is that all springs will not lift the same amount, spring rates, hardtop on or off small block, big block etc., so it is kind of an experiment, but most K5's do sit about an inch lower in the rear.

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    This is exactly what i need to cure my sagging problems. So if i am reading this right, it will not make my rear end ride stiffer? I really didn't want to make the rear leafs more stiff b/c i like the way it rides right now.

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  8. CK5

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    Yes, you are reading this right, it will not effect your ride at all, it is more like a block that gets installed into the spring pack, for more details give Offroad Design a call.

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    After installing the front shackles, did you have to replace the driveshaft?

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  10. CK5

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    Nope

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    If I had a 6" lift in the front and wanted to go with the shackle flip in the rear, would it be wise to use 2" blocks along with the 4" shackle flip to level it out? Does anyone know why ORD doesn't make a 6" shackle flip. I'm thinking it might screw up the pinion angle.

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    One last question...........Steve, do you think this will "act" more like a spring or a block (in regards to axle wrap/clunk).

    Thanks...........

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    I would say it acts more like a block, but I don't think a 1" block will cause any axle wrap, it would be to small. Give Steve at offroaddesign.com a call, he can explain it better than I can.

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    Steve, just wondering how much are they going for? Funny you mentioned this too, b/c I was considering a 1" lift block for the rear after i put longer shackles up front. This is pefect.
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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    Good question, I'm not sure.

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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    Here's the e-mail I got back from Stephen Watson at ORD about these "zero-spring rate" add-a-leaves.

    The kit is $30, and we have them in stock now ready to go. They weigh a bit due to being solid steel, but shipping still isn't bad. About $8.00 to most places.
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    Re: The cure for \"Saggy Butt\"

    I had to do about the same thing. With 4" springs all around, the back sat a little low. I used 1.5" cast iron block to even things out. It was a little bit cheeper, but to get a solid piece of steel, I am assuming ORD's is a solid block, it would have been worth it.
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