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Updated Again...Is this a major problem?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by OneLeft, Aug 30, 2001.

  1. OneLeft

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    New info.....

    I have fixed the problem and thought I would take a moment to thank everyone for their input. The right rear spring was broken. I took some pics, and added them to my members ride page. Check it out......

    <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/album82>Broken Spring</a>
    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by OneLeft on 09/16/01 01:17 PM.</FONT></P>
     
  2. rocko

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    It's because the rear wheel's sit in further than the front's..
    So it look's like it's dog-trackings... going down the road kinda sideway's..
    When your behind your truck.. position yourself from the driver's seat.. directly in the center of the truck..
    Thing's will look normal then..
    Had the same thing happen to me year's ago... thought maybe my frame was bent..
    Even took it to a frame shop.. they said it was fine.. and this is what they explained to me.
    Hope this helps..

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    Even though the rear axle is narrower it shouldn't be very pronounced. If it is definately dog tracking, the rear spring centering bolts may not be aligned in the spring pad incorrectly. Loosen the rear u-bolts and make sure the axle is centered.

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  4. OneLeft

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    I will get my buddy to drive it again so I can get a good look at it. I hope its just an optical thing. Seems a little extreme from what I remember seeing. I could swear I seen almost a half a tire width difference on one side.

    Thanks for the help, I will check it out this weekend.

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  5. dyeager535

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    should be about 1.5" of the front tire visible from the rear. : )

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    Different tire/wheel combinations can add to the optical effect too - my current tires don't make it look much different, but when I had the 33X10.50's on it, it looked like the front stuck out a foot past the rear.

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    I am running 36" TSL Super Swampers. I only noticed it on the left, as well as the body seeming to be not straight with the lane, the righ side, all i could see was the rear tire, bumper and tail light....

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  8. Re: Is this a major problem?

    My truck does the same thing, and it's because the front axle is wider than the back. I for years wondered why it looked like every Chevy four wheel drive pick up I saw looked like it had been in a wreck. On my short list of things to buy are 1 1/2" wheel spacers, because that wrecked look bugs the $--t out of me!

    God has a hard on for Marines, because we keep Heaven chock full of fresh souls!<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by John Ward on 08/30/01 02:25 PM.</FONT></P>
     
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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    Well they did it for a reason guys--that's why I would never use wheel spacers or different rims to try to hide it.

    If your tires weren't sticking out of the fenders, you wouldn't see it anyway. You bought the wrong backspacing and now you've got to deal with it.

    I would never use wheel spacers period as I think that's unsafe.

    And they did it for handling reasons. Space the back tires out and your truck won't turn around as fast.

    Not to mention that now all 4 of your tires look silly sticking out of the fenders instead of just the front two.

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    i read an article about a year back where they said the the reason gm did that was for improved towing capabilities and to build in understeer. they showed before and after rests on the skid pad, and the turning radius wasn't affected but the g's went up over one tenth of a g. and as for using spacers, the billet ones (like in the tech page) i would not worry about on driving them. <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/wheelspacers.shtml>http://coloradok5.com/wheelspacers.shtml</a>

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    Wait a minute...are you talking about the difference in track, or misalignement? If I am understanding you, it sounds like your front wheels are not aligned. Also, has your truck ever been involved in a wreck? Could be a bent frame or maybe the body is not in line with the frame the way it is supposed to be.

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    I had it aligned just the other day. In fact that’s when my buddy drove it home and I noticed how un straight it was. In the seven years I have owned it, I have not had an alignment problem. But.... When driving behind it, the body is not straight with the direction of travel. And, or so it seems, the front right tire is way out there but didn’t notice the left front, but I couldn’t get over far enough to tell.

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    to alleviate your fears go get a 4 wheel alignment that will give you a print out with thrust alignment. Keep the print out for your own records. that is what i did after we converted a 2wdr 1 ton frame to 4x4 and shortened it to short box length.
    all i found wrong was it looks like i have a few extra degrees of caster on the RF
     
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    Re: Updated...Is this a major problem?

    What is the P/N on the springs? I'm not sure I get what you are saying about the springs, but from what it sounds like (to me), you have a spring on backwards.

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    Re: Is this a major problem?

    if in fact that is the problem i dont think that is a $wpw problem. it rests solely with the manufacturer(in this case the distributor that puts their name on an imported product calling it their own) SUPERLIFT to stand by their product. i think it is fair to say that is a manufacture defect not normal wear and tear. if they wont stand by the product you have a few options. replace the main leaf locally or redrill the centre pin in the correct location.
     
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    Re: Updated...Is this a major problem?

    I thought the same thing, so I turned one of them around. No luck, they still dont match up. When I put them on the first time, both have stickers that read "front end", and they were both on correctly. The part number on both springs is "01-325"

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    Re: Updated...Is this a major problem?

    According to my handy dandy Superlift catalog, that is the right # for a 4" rear spring - one just must be an oddball. Give them a buzz at -800-551-4955 and let them know what's up - Superlift is usually very good about their lifetime warranty, so you shouldn't have any problems.


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