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Upgrading shocks .......... question?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Stoopalini, Dec 5, 2000.

  1. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    My '84 K5 is completely stock right now. I am planning for a 2 1/2" lift using the shackle flip for the rear, and lift springs for the front.

    I am thinking of getting the new shocks now, and the lift later. Will it be a problem to install shocks intended for a lift on a stock suspension, then install the lift later?

    Everything I read about installing lifts/shocks, people state that they installed the lift and shocks at the same time.

    Will I damage the shocks or anything else by installing them onto a stock suspension?

    Thanks,

    Thomas.

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  2. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    With a 2" lift you may be able to get away with it. To be sure I would call the shock MFG. and double check with them to see what they say. I have seen some shocks listed for a 0" - 2", but they are all probably different.

    Call the mfg and find out for sure before ya dump $100+ down the drain. :)

    Mike [​IMG]
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  3. Hobbes68

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    I would wait until the lift is complete before getting new shocks. This way you can actually measure how much travel you have and then get the appropriate shocks. I have a 90 Jimmy with a 4" suspension lift. I originally bought Rancho RS5000's for a 2 1/2" - 4" lift (at the Rancho tech's recommendation). They were always topping out and limiting my suspension travel. I broke the left rear shock mount twice before I realized that I needed longer shocks. I then put in Trailmaster Nitro Cell's for 5" to 8" lift and they work great! No bottoming or topping out and I get full suspension movement.
     
  4. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice.

    I need some new shocks pretty bad -- 3 of the 6 are shot. I broke 3 shock mounts already so I think the shocks on there right now are limiting my suspension travel.

    With a 2 1/2" lift, the shocks shouldn't be too much longer, right? I guess I'll just call around and see what the manufactures say.

    Thanks again,

    Thomas

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  6. 90K5

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    I used to have a 2.5' lift and Rancho RSXs, but 4WPW put shocks on for a truck with a 0-2" lift, and they were always topping out and they broke my left back mount too. Then I put on a 3" lift and the front shocks wouldn't even bolt on anymore. I went back to 4WPW and compalined and I got some RS9000s for free for a 2.5-4" lift and they are fine now.

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