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Tuff Country ez ride

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by plk33, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. plk33

    plk33 Registered Member

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    I am looking at the 4" Tuff Country ez ride full spring and shock kit fot my 87. I have a bad back and can just tollerate the ride with the stock springs. Wil the 4" ez ride be a softer ride than stock, or harder?
     
  2. solowookie

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    any time you put a lift on the ride is going to be stiffer. you might want to get some stock replacement spring with teflon pads, and get some really good shocks.

    I got a bad back too, blew 5 disks 3 years ago tipping a 700 Ibs. crate on end and I've never been the same since. you might want to consider some after market seats (and put your money there instead) you might find it will help you so you can tolerate a lift in the future. I'm going to purchase some for <a target="_blank" href=http://www.salesco.com>http://www.salesco.com</a> in the future that will have heat and lumbar support. I got that in my car that I am selling, and it really helps keep my back loose when I'm traveling.

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    I'm runnin a 6" front and rear springs, definately softer. It is springy though.

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  4. Executioner

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    Good ?
    Will the spring experts please answer, I would like to know.
    If possible please give an exsample, or explanation why.
    Thanks alot
     
  5. solowookie

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    yea, well that spring expert would be the capt. and I'm sure he''ll be responding at some point... LOL [​IMG]

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    I run a 4" tuff country ez ride HD front and ez rears, i really didn't notice that much differance in the ride from stock except for the front, but thats because ther'e HD springs. I also found that the rear springs actually flex a lot better than the stock ones. I chose the HD fronts because i plan on future heavy mods such as a winch, SEC, bumper, welder, ect.


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  7. MTPockets

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    4 inch tuff country ez-rides use three thick leaves to make up the pack. from personal experience, a little on the stiff side.
    4 inch skyjacker softrides, on the other hand, use five thinner leaves to make up the pack. this will make for a softer ride and more flexible spring pack. there are other modifications that can be done to make for an even softer ride, such as: greasable bushings(ORD), softer valved shocks, and a little lower tire pressure. you may not want to try all these tricks, but one or two may help you.
    good luck,
    MTPockets


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  8. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Rancho makes the lowest spring-rate 4" springs that are made for our trucks. Give Jeg's a call and get their 4" soft ride kit.

    That's what I've got, it rides like a dream. The bigger tires with taller sidewalls are why it rides better than stock--but my ride is not bouncy or stiff--it's very stable and smooth.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    correct me if im wrong but rancho are one of the stiffest springs out their


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    ya. i had a rancho soft ride kit and they were real stiff, didnt really flex that great either. about 6 months later i went to the tuff conuntys and i love them. they flex like crazy. i have the revolver shackles on them and they are great. my friend with a jeep also went with the ranchos the same time i did so we could save on shipping and he went to the tuff countrys also and loves them. i've had them for about a year and havent had any real sagging at all. hope that helps.

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  11. Storm Trooper

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    I had old Rancho springs and it rode like a ROCK.
    I changed to the EZ-rides in the front, added the greasable bushings and kept the rear and it made a tremendous change to the ride. I still want to go better put at least I don't need a neck and back brace anymore. Dropping the pressure on the 38's helps a lot also. Talk to Steve at ORD. He can help you.

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    Check out the spring rate table: http://www.coloradok5.com/tech.shtml#Spring Rate Table

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    "Rancho makes the lowest spring-rate 4" springs that are made for our trucks. Give Jeg's a call and get their 4" soft ride kit."

    Hahhahah, man, I had Rancho front springs before and I damned near blew something out of my back from them springs...they're really STIFF!!!

    Now, I have the TuffCountry HD springs. They're a lot, I'm talking A LOT better than the Ranchos...still a little stiff for my likings, but I'm getting ready to put on a custom made bumper with my WARN HS9500i, so that's why I opted for the HDs.
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    I have the Tuff-Country E-Z Rides on the front and they are very smooth, flex like crazy (just ask anybody that has seen my K5 on the trail or ramp, or look at the pics on this site and on www.off-road.com)

    Depdog

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    Sounds like the exact opposite !
    One say's the softest, one say's the hardest, what's going on !
    Let's get some more data, so it I can try to turn an opinion into somewhat of a fact.
    Anyone know of any special tools to measure ride softness ?
    TIA
     
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    I too run the same suspension setup as Depdog. 4" Tough Country EZ rides up front and stocker 86 K5 springs with the ORD 4" shackle flip. I previously had Rancho springs up front and 74 K5 springs in back and it used to ride like a tank. I would definitely say the EZ rides are A LOT softer than the Rancho's I had. And like Dep said, they flex like mad.

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    Tuff Country EZ ride are the softest, rated at 295 lbs. Skyjacker are rated at 490, Rancho 520, and Tuff Country H.D are rated at 395, this info is under Spring Rates in the tech section. I personally run T.C EZ and find them really soft, and they flex very good. For the money I suggest Tuff Country. Wich you can order through Off Road Design by the way! Jon

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    Hey Denver, Your profile says you have a 6in did you change it? Anyway if your out and about give me a call I'd like to look at your ride, I've been thinking about doing the samething with the HD and the EZ ride. Eric

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    ive got the TC HD and even thos flex like mad, check out my truck at
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    No, I have the 4" lift and a 2" body lift, What part of Lakewood are you in?

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