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Time for a lift what is everyone here running?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5-newbie, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. k5-newbie

    k5-newbie 1/2 ton status

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    I have an '82 K5 that I have swapped in a TBI 350 and the 89 front grill...now its time to lift it. I was looking at a Tuff Country 6" but I can go 2 ways with this particular lift. I can go with 6" lift springs or a 4" shackle flip and 2" springs for the rear.

    Which way would you guys go and would you order it from ORD or somewhere else?? Or would you go with a different lift all together?

    Thanks in advance,

    Ben
     
  2. Topdown

    Topdown 1/2 ton status

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    Tuff country all spring lift.

    I am personally not a fan of the shackle flip unless you replace the springs AND do the flip. Yes, its cheaper but TC matches their springs (front to rear) and I dont know about your truck, but my stock springs were not in the best of shape (I.e. sagging, soft, crappy to begin with)

    Just my .02
     
  3. smokkey1

    smokkey1 1/2 ton status

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    I was in the same boat as you at first. but I decided to go with the 4" tc springs up front and the 4" shackle flip out back. the 36's clear but any little bump the tire would hi the fenders. the reason I went with 4" lift is that I woudln't have to mess with the drive shafts and to have a lower center of gravity.


    that's with 4" and 36"
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/124356291/128185514MXXlJT


    and after I cut the fenders I probabley can fit 38" now
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/132957664/149697021ZYmSVz
     
  4. k5-newbie

    k5-newbie 1/2 ton status

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    The shackle flip was gonna be a 4" shackle flip with new 2" springs from Tuff Country, then 6" springs up front. But I was thinking about just going with springs all the way around.
     
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    mtnman210 1/2 ton status

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    6in pro comp springs in front and back and also a 2in tapered block in the rear
     
  6. jekquistk5

    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Im running TC 6" springs in the front, and a 6" block in the rear, yah i know about the block thing, but im goign to be doing a shackle flip and 2" TC springs as soon as i get the 14bolt and d60 home! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    TC 3inch front 4inch rears. Running 33's now, but with minor trimming, I'll be able to fit 35's no problem. VERY happy with the TC springs. Get it all from ORD, whichever way you decide to go.
     
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    the reason im going 6" is I want to run 39.5 boggers. I figure I may have to trim some.
     
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    I run 6 inch Rancho springs in front, Flip and 2 inch Ranchos out back. Mines stiff, go BDS or TC. I like the shackle flip. With my D60s it sits more like 7, 7.5. I run 38 inch tires with some rubbing at FULL stuff, but I also have the bushwhacker cutouts (dont buy the cut out flares, just trim the metal on yours). The cutouts will snag every tree in sight, and are not that durable. Good luck.
     
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    39" boggers...you are realy looking to wheel this thing then /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    If I were you I would run some 2" lift rear 52" TC's in front(if TC is what you like) and 2" 56" TC's in the rear with a shackle flip (might have to swap sides or drill out new holes for the rear flip).
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Nice rig. What is that on the drivers side rear?
     
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    thanks, storage box.
     
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    6IN BDS spring w/zero rate in front, 4in bds springs in back with zero rate and 2 1/2 in shakle flip
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    The shackle flip was gonna be a 4" shackle flip with new 2" springs from Tuff Country, then 6" springs up front. But I was thinking about just going with springs all the way around.

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    That's what I did...
    2" TCI/ORD shackle flip in the rear...
    6" TCI front...

    The only problem is rear height...
    since a shackle flip is actually only 3 1/2" of lift...
    the rear was sitting about an inch lower than the front..

    I was going to make longer rear shackles...
    but when I moved my front end forward 2"s...
    I lost about an inch...because I re-located the shackles up front.
     
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    yes, soon it will be strictly trail, I have a D60 and 14FF on the way also, I have done a lot of work so far and still have not been wheeling /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif (too busy at work), but soon!!!!
     
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    yes, soon it will be strictly trail

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    Well then its going to get dinged up and never be restored , you may as well just go 4 inch springs and the shackle flip , have plenty of flex , and /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif the fenders for what ever tires you want /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    yes, soon it will be strictly trail

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    Well then its going to get dinged up and never be restored ,

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    I have probably restored it more than I ever should have. I bought it to go beat on it and ended up really liking the truck and putting more time and money into it than I should have /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif
     
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    4" BDS all spring, 2" PA body lift.
     
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    8" all spring lift (skyjacker) /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Superlift springs up front, flip in the rear.

    Soon to be running 52s/63s
     

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