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Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52's Up Front...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dhdescender, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. dhdescender

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    Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    After doing my shackle flip with a new set of 63's, by throwing a front 4x4 spring hanger on the rear (bit taller than say...an ORD), the damn blazer was nosed down, the back looked great, but the front wasn't cutting the mustard. The bodyline was sitting at 54" at the rear, and hardly over 51" up front. Somthing had to be done, the tires nearly touched the (cut) fenders just sitting there.

    I originally started with a factory 56" leaf pack from a 1 ton, pulled some leaves out, pulled some middle leaves to leave me with a sagging, unsupported mess that had a pretty nasty-ass shackle angle. Somthing had to be done!

    My buddy just decided to pull his rear spring sout of his midly lifted (4" approx) jimmy in favor of a set of 63's. Well low and behold, the previous owner had installed a all spring lift, which we're pretty sure was a rancho lift kit. I've got a digi cam which I'll take out there tomorrow, and snap some pics. I basically did the swap the same as everyones done with 52's, relocating the shackle and using a hole saw to open the frame up. I left the overload in, as its a fair bit shorter than the factory.

    Currently I'm sitting @ 54.5" in the rear and 56" at the body line up front. This is without my tranny/t cases, or winch and winch bumper.

    What I'd like to know, and I'm sure everyone else might, is the stock height from the center of the axle to the bodyline of an 80's blazer/jimmy.

    I'll hit y'all back with photos as I get 'em tomorrow. Everything went together pretty well.
     
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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    There is a post in the 73-91 forum titled "Ride height". I suggest looking for it for heights and references...

    FWIW the body is a poor place to reference your 'ride height' due to too many vairables in the way it's bolted together, condition of body mounts etc etc.

    Rene
     
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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    post lots of pics... Im putting together my 52" spring packs now so I'd like to see how ya did stuff, even if it is "the same as everyone else". /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    I'm very interested as well. I have been thinking of putting 2" lift 52's in the front and 63's in the rear. From what your saying though it seems that the front would sit a little lower than the rear with that set-up though. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

    How much lift do you think you've got in the rear?
     
  5. dhdescender

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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    Heres some pics. My apologies for the blurryness.

    The front springs shots I got were so blurry they're unusable. I'll take more tomrorow.

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    I used a factory spring hanger for the rear...

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    moved my front hanger, you can see the holes from the old rivets.

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    This is part of the front set.

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    This is how it sits now. Currently I have 17.5" from the bottom of the metal bumpstop hoop to the top of my D60 axle tube. I have no driveline except for the motor, and don't have my winch installed. I expect it to go down 1".
     
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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    More pics...

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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    I am new to these kind of mods so those are rear springs up front. What is the gain from this? I see you moved the front spring shackles forward was is this a must do or could you get away with leaving them in the stock holes? Are the 56" to long to stick up front? Looks like you could use the factory holes if you went with the 56's. Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
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    I am new to these kind of mods so those are rear springs up front. What is the gain from this? I see you moved the front spring shackles forward was is this a must do or could you get away with leaving them in the stock holes? Are the 56" to long to stick up front? Looks like you could use the factory holes if you went with the 56's. Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif

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    The gain is you end up with springs that are 4" longer, and thus better flex.

    56's are too long unless you move the front hangers even further forward, the shackle comes into contact with the body mount behind it.
     
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    56's are too long unless you move the front hangers even further forward, the shackle comes into contact with the body mount behind it.

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    Mine dont hit
     
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    56's are too long unless you move the front hangers even further forward, the shackle comes into contact with the body mount behind it.

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    Mine dont hit

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    Hm. Mine were resting on the body mount.
     
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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    whats the difference in lift from front springs to rear springs what I am trying to say if you put 4" rear springs up front how much actual lift is it compared to actually putting a 4" front spring up front /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif Dag I confused myself, I think you know what I am trying to ask /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif
     
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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    STOCK rear springs up front usualy gets about 4" of lift.

    So whatever lift the rear spring is, add 4" to it.

    If you had 2" rear lifts, you'd have 6" over factory up front.

    4" lift rears, 8" up front...etc etc. Remember though using stock springs to gain 4" up front is usualy with somwhat sagged springs, if you bought brand new rear springs I'd bet you'd get more.
     
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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    THey didnt hit before i cut the body mount, flexed it out and i still dont think they would have hit, my springs started to invert, so i dont think the shackle moves and further back after that, i also have three leaves removed out of the pack.....

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    Just another
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    Re: Well I Finally Broke Down And Put A Set Of *Lifted* 52\'s Up Front...

    looks like that fender has a mall parking lot door ding in it
     
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    the malls are horrible around here, im tellin ya
     

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