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Tuff Country 6 inch frnt springs

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by FL84K5, Sep 6, 2003.

  1. FL84K5

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    Can someone take a pic of their Tuff Country 6 inch front lift springs? Thanks
     
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    Also, how many leaves are supposed to be in the Tuff Country 6 in EZ-Ride front spring pack? Mine has 4, 3 held in with the clamps, and one short one on the bottom. I have 6 in EZ Rides in the front and took off an Echobit flip and ORD zero rate on the rear and replaced it with a rear 6 in EZ Ride. The rear sits lower than the front, and the front is very stiff compared to the rear. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    You'll need longer shackles in the rear to get it even in height. I'm doing basically the same thing and that is what I found will need to be done in everything I have read and asked about...
     
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    So if I had a stock Blazer and ordered a 6 inch Tuff COuntry all spring lift kit it wouldn't sit level? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Well, the rears ends on K5's are famous for sagging... I know if I want my rear end (on the truck sheesh!) to be level I'll have to order longer shackles when I do the swap. However, I read wrong, and thought you said you replaced the 6" springs with the Echobit flip (what I am doing (well ORD, same thing)... when you did the opposite. I still think it's not the springs, just the K5 thing. What did you order anyhow? The EZ ride right? That's what it says, but I wanted to ask for sure.. the EZ springs are softer, and give more flex... so this might be why they set lower?
     
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    Right, all 4 springs on the truck now are TC EZ-Ride 6 in. The back sits way low though, a good 1 inch and a half lower. The front is extremly stiff compared to the rear. I can push on the back bumper and get it to go down 2 inches. I do the same on the front and it only goes down a half inch, if that. The back rides smooth and flexes nice, but the front does not.
     
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    If you use a longer rear shackle without a 'flip, your truck will sit even lower in the back.
     
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    I misread however and thought he took out a 6" spring lift and put the Echobit lift in, why I suggested the shackle to begin with...
     
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    Ok, i see now.
     
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    Ok, i see now.

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    What do you suggest to do about the EZ springs? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Also, how many leaves are supposed to be in the Tuff Country 6 in EZ-Ride front spring pack? Mine has 4, 3 held in with the clamps, and one short one on the bottom. I have 6 in EZ Rides in the front and took off an Echobit flip and ORD zero rate on the rear and replaced it with a rear 6 in EZ Ride. The rear sits lower than the front, and the front is very stiff compared to the rear.

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    The problem is, you may not have EZRide springs up front. I ran into the same thing when I ordered mine from ORD. If you go 6" springs on the front, according to the ORD site, you get the HD springs, not EZRide springs. If you go 2,3,or 4" springs up front, they are EZRides. This is what the ORD web site says anyway. Interestingly enough, they list the 6" springs on the Tuff Country website as EZRides for the front, and all EZRides on the rear though. Here is the list from the TC site:

    Model Year Type Lift # of Leafs Rate Part # Chevy/GMC

    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 69-72 EZ-Ride 2" 3 495 18260
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 69-72 Heavy Duty 2" 4 550 18261
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 69-72 EZ-Ride 4" 3 495 18460
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 69-72 Heavy Duty 4" 4 550 18461
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 69-72 EZ-Ride 6" 3 495 18660
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 73-87 EZ-Ride 2" 3 325 18270
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 73-87 Heavy Duty 2" 4 495 18271
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 73-87 EZ-Ride 3" 3 325 18370
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 73-87 Heavy Duty 3" 4 495 18371
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 73-87 EZ-Ride 4" 3 325 18470
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 73-87 Heavy Duty 4" 4 495 18471
    GM 1/2 & 3/4 ton 4wd 73-87 EZ-Ride 6" 4 465 18670

    But, here is how it's listed on the ORD site:

    FRONT SPRINGS

    2",3",4" EZ Rides $190.00/pair

    6" and 4" HD $200.00/pair

    However, when I got my TC springs from ORD, both the front and the rear say EZ-Ride on them. I went with the 6" fronts and the 2" rears since I also have the ORD shackle flip. I don't know how it will sit yet since it isn't installed. If it sags in the rear, I will simply put a zero rate add a leaf in to compensate I suspect.
     
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    Both the front and the back springs have stickers that say EZ-Ride on them. I had the tech at Suspension Connection, where I ordered the rear springs run the numbers on all 4 springs, and they are all 6" EZ-Ride. I had a local 4x4 shop order the fronts because I orginally ran a shackle flip in the back. The numbers on my springs are different than the ones listed on Suspension Connection and Tuff Country's website. I'm wondering if maybe I got a bad batch of front springs? When I let the truck of the jack, the front hardly compress when the weight of the truck sits on them, but the rear seems to be compressing more. They are still under warranty, so I'll have the front springs replaced and see if that fixes it.
     
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    6" and 4" HD $200.00/pair


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    I think what ORD means is the 6" front springs and the 4" HD front springs are both $200.00/pair rather than meaning that both springs are a heavy duty version.
     
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    What are the numbers on your springs? I had the same situation when I got mine. The numbers on my front springs are TCI-C6H (6" springs) and the rears are TCI-2222 (2" springs). These don't match up to the Tuff Country numbers on their site so I called ORD. They assured me that they are the same as the ones listed on the Tough Country site. I seem to recall ORD also telling me that they didn't make the 6" fronts in anything but HD, although the sticker on mine says EZ-Ride but, it's been a while since I had the conversation.
     
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    The front spring number is TCI C6H, same as yours. The rear is TCI 2216. They both said EZ-Ride on them. The front springs were run for 6 months with no grease in the bushings. The shop that installed the front springs failed to grease the bushings. Would running this long like that cause the spring to lock up from not being able to move and flex properly? When I turn at slow speeds or flex the truck, the front springs creak and pop a whole heck of a lot! I greased all the bushings, but they still don't sit right and still creak and pop. I've got a new set of fronts on the way, so I'll be sure to update this post when I get this straightened out. Thanks for all the replies so far, as I have no clue what the problem is. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     

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