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Thoughts on this setup

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by evilandangry, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. evilandangry

    evilandangry 1/2 ton status

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    On March 1st I am ordering all the parts for the next step in the ongoing inprovement of my blazer.

    My goal for this round is to FULLY clear true 35" tires. I have trimmed the fenders a bit and would like to avoid any more sawsall surgery so more lift seems to be the answer.

    After reading many threads and asking many dumb questions I have decided to run the following equiptment.

    Front: 4 in BDS spring, ORD heavy duty greasable shackle, ORD anti-swaybar disconnect, single BDS shock, SS extended brakelines

    Rear: "stock" spring (bought new with my old lift), Echobit shackle flip, Greaseable bushings, single BDS shock

    Does anyone have any comments or suggestions (rude or otherwise /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif) on this setup?

    I run rocks, fire-trails and a little mud and am trying to keep it close to legal.

    As always I value your input. Thanks
     
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    UseYourBlinker 1 ton status

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    The only thing I see wrong is the BDS shocks. I've heard there crappy,and seen pics. I'm going with Rancho 9000's with my BDS springs. /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
     
  3. MilpitasK5

    MilpitasK5 1/2 ton status

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    Looks like a pretty good plan /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif. I'm not sure if you've considered it yet but you'll probably wanna step up to some 3/4 ton axles to avoid breakage on them rocks.
     
  4. evilandangry

    evilandangry 1/2 ton status

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    Check my bio and you will find a 44 front and 14 with a detroit backing me up!!!!! Don't that give the ABS computer fits /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif!
     
  5. evilandangry

    evilandangry 1/2 ton status

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    The BDS shocks that are on the rig are still good after 18 months of service and 2 Maine winters. Have other people had trouble with them?


    I ran a rancho steering damper on my Suburban and it died in 3 months, could that have been because it was mounted sideways??
     
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    Right on then! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif For some reason, I thought that wasn't in your bio when I looked earlier. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
    Your set up is close to what I'm going to be doing in the future.
    I don't think I'll be running a shackle flip b/c I tow (however I am starting to hear that towing is okay with the shackle flip). And no locker for me b/c I drive to the snow in the winter time quite a bit.
     
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    I was worried about the locker because of the crappy winters we have here in Maine but a soon discovered that once you get use to it LOCKERS RULE IN SNOW!! The leaning curve is a little steep but once you have it down open diffs will seem a little weak.
     
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    That's what I hear too but I'd hate to learn the hard way! I don't live in the snow, I just go there prolly 25 times a year. The route that I take to the resort that I ride at is pretty hairy too. Lot's cliffs and sharp turns.

    It rained a little here over the week end and Zakk and I were on our way to a trail run. Zakk just got a detroit and he was slipping on some 40s /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif.
    If I lived in the snow, I'd probably be willing b/c I'd be able to drive around town and what not for some practice but I don't wanna practice on the side of a knarly cliff!!
    Post up how that works out for ya'!
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    The only thing I see wrong is the BDS shocks. I've heard there crappy,and seen pics.

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    Yep. BDS shocks suck. They make great springs, but I would go the route Eric is, match them up with some RS9000's and you will be much happier. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Oh yeah, save the money on the swaybar disconnect and just throw your swaybar away. You won't miss it.
     
  11. jekbrown

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    yeah, toss them BDS shocks and get some Doetsch Tech DT8000s. They make some that are pretty long travel and they are nice and soft.

    otherwise... good plan! /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    j
     
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    Thanks for the input! I will look into pricing some rancho 9000's. One last thing should I look into some zero rates for the front? The echobit shackle flip claims 5.5+ inch lift and with the 4" in the front will the longer shackle be enough?
     
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    rs9000s are way nice if you have the $. For me, the DTs are nice and reasonable at $35 a shock.

    j
     

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