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What Height is the best

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by buff_dog70, May 5, 2007.

  1. buff_dog70

    buff_dog70 1/2 ton status

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    I like to do general trail off roading, with a little bit of rock crawling.
    Current I run a 6" lift with 35 inch tires. I have uprgraded to a 14 bolt FF in the rear, and current upgrading to crossover steering in the front with a Dana 44 modified for 8 lugs. I have 6" blocks in the back but I want to get rid of those. What is a good height to modify my rig?

    I was thinking of leaving the springs in the front the give the 6 inch lift untouched. Then doing a shackle flip in lift in the back to gain 4 inch then install some 2 inch blocks. Is there a better way to get 6 inches in the back? SHould I go lower or higher?

    84 K5 or K10 Blazer not sure how to tell the difference.
     
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    chevy wrangler 1/2 ton status

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    k5 is blazer and k10,20,30 is trucks
     
  3. 1977k5

    1977k5 3/4 ton status Vendor

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    I would go with 2" lift springs with the shackle flip rather than blocks.

    4-6" is a good height for what you are talking about.
     
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    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I completely agree. do it budget style. get the 4" flip and some 2" blocks. when you have more money buy the new rear springs. greaseable bushings all around will help too.
     
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    Dafey 1/2 ton status

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    Well my title says K10 and IIRC so does the vin plate on the inside of the door...but the side of my Blazer says K5.So which one do I have?? :dunno:
     
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    Two ways , both would get rid of blocks .

    1. New six inch rear springs .

    2. New 2 inch rear springs , and four inch shackle flip .

    Option two gives the best ride quality , and better flex . However you already have six inch front springs , so ride quality could be a moot point depending on what brand springs you already have .
     
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    K5 is the Blazer designation. K10 usually refers to a truck but is also the half ton chassis with 4 wheel drive, which is what your K5 is.
     
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    My K5 Blazer says K10 on my title , which corresponds with the insurance companies , and GM . K5 is a badge , a name , and a fun ride .
     
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    I just wondered why they did it that way.Thanks GMCJason.



    X2 :bow: :saweet: :rotfl: You got that right!!
     
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    What would you reccommend with the front lift if I do not say with the 6 inch lift from springs only. Can you do shackle flips up front also? As for shackle flips is this a homemade / junkyard mod? Or do I buy parts new?
     
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    Springs are what you want for the front. Anything else would be much too dangerous. The amount of lift will be determined by the spring arch. You can get a zero rate spring that is really a 1" thick leaf, almost like a block, but bolts to the spring pack like another leaf. This will give you an extra inch of height correction if necessary and can be used to shift the axle 1" or 1.5" forward or backward. Off Road Design sell them.

    For the rear shackle flip check out diy4x.com or offroaddesign.com. Both are vendors here and offer great products.
     
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    What about shackles in the rear , 4" would give him a 2" lift , and so on.

    For people who have installed rear shackle flip`s , which do you think is/was easier? There only $20 difference.
     
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    Shackle flips for the rear only http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/shacklekit.htm

    Front lift depends on what you would like to do with it. I would call ORD (above) and tell them your plans and let them help you. There are actually quite a bit of options for the front. This is one of them http://coloradok5.com/52inchspringswap.shtml . Word to the wise though. Do a search on the 52" spring swap before you ask any Qs. There is a whole sticky somewhere on the subject.
     
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    I have the ORD flip. I would probably try the DIY flip if I were to do it again, reason being they can make you a custome shackle to replace the old one.

    ORD flip does great though.
     
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    ORD has these http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/hdREARshackles.htm for the shackle flip. They also have a HD shackle for the front but it only comes in one size. DIY4x would be a good choice for the 53 / 56 / 57" spring swap shackle. Does DIy4x have a 2.5" shackle flip? I checked there web site and it looks like the 4" only.
     
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    I dont know about them but ORD does....


     
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    well what your gonna need is... 52s/56s, B52s/shackle flip, 7.**"/6" shackles, 0rate/0rate:rolleyes:
     
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    how about 4" lift springs with a 1" zero rate in the front, then 4" shackle flip rear with 1" zero rate. That would be a 5" lift, plus you can use the zero rates to move your axles front/back whatever you want
     
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    Just to add more options.
    If you want a soft ride and don't want to go with a 52" spring in the front, you can do a custom dropped spring hanger for the front, that will give you a few inches and be able to use a lower lift/softer spring.
    The other note I have is, why stick with 6" if 35" is the most you want to use:
    I have 2" lift with some trimming of the fenders and I have 35" tires.
    Better balance, lower center of gravity, especially for rockcrawling.
    4" would also work fine and more people could agree with me on that, and you might not even need to trim the fenders to clear 35" tires:D
     
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    muddermilitia ThatTrazerGuy GMOTM Winner

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    somehow I missed that part, hell I used to have 35s with no lift (little trimming) I say lower it a little
     

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