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Unhappy with lift kit

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1990k5fan, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. 1990k5fan

    1990k5fan 1/2 ton status

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    I had my blazer lifted back in August. It got a 4" procomp lift with new 33" goodrich tires.

    I haven't been really happy with it and I want more. Would it be a better choice to buy new 8" springs or install a 3" body lift?

    Also, how difficult would it be to install the 3" body lift as I've never done it before?
     
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    What are you unhappy with, just the size?
     
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    1990k5fan 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah, I wan't more height. It just seems so small. Idk. From a distance you can't even really tell it is lifted that much.
     
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    Do yourself a favor and only buy a 6" kit and them trim to get the tires you want to fit. Then buy a decent lift. Tuff country ez rides or BDS seem to be the spring of choice.

    Theres lots of options out there as far as lift goes. A rear shackle flip is a good idea. With extended shackles and a zero rate you will get close to 8" with a 6" spring in the front.

    If you really want a truck that stands out from the crowd then small lift and huge tires is the way to go. Say a 4" lift and 40s. It takes some body work but is worth it in the end. I am much higher (10" of lift) and have changed a 100 things to make my stuff work better that I would not have had to change if I had gone lower. Of course I am not using Chevy springs at all but none the less a lower lift is easier
     
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    Is cutting the fenders and getting bigger tires out of the question? What model is the Blazer? the 3" body lift shouldn't be hard to install if you have the tools and room.
     
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    I don't really understand how shackle flips work.

    Also I don't think I could afford an 8" lift or something. I was looking at the 3" body lift because it was supposed to be a cheap alternative to adding extra height.

    Could you explain how the shackle works?
     
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    Yeah cutting the fenders is out of the question. My dad wouldn't let me do it lol.
     
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    Yeah 4" lift all the way around.
     
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    Then this would give you 8" in the rear. Unless you got the 2 1/2", then you would have 6 1/2" of lift in the rear. This means you would need new springs in the front.
     
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    Wait so if I do a shackle, i will add 4 inches to the rear? Then I just get 8" front springs?

    After the shackle and 8" springs is it okay to add the 3" body lift?
     
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    Yeah, I guess it's Ok to, but I wouldn't. I don't like body lifts. What size tires are you planning on running?
     
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    36" or 38"
     
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    36's should fit on it with 8" of lift without any problems. 38's probably wouldnt require much trimming.
     
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    How much would the 4" shackle and 8" front springs run me?
     
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    Say $200 shipped for the shackle flip. Not sure on the springs but I'm guessing $220 - $275. I don't know a good place to get them. ORD carries Tuff Country, but the biggest spring they make is a 6". If you're going 8" you have to factor in driveshaft mods and steering correction too.
     
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    Going the shackle route allows me to use an 8" lift all around but costs a lot.

    Is there any advantage to using the shackle rather the straight body lift?
     
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    It will look a lot better for one thing. Probably be more stable on the road too. Search around on here for suspension setups and figure out what you want to do with it. You could go with zero rates front and rear for another inch and probably clear 35's fine. How do you plan on wheeling it?
     
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    This is my DD that will be wheeled every so often. I'm just tired of the 4" and want more height.

    What do you mean by zero rates?
     
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