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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big83chevy4x4, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    do you run and how do you like it.

    i decided to make my 83 k10 into a "offroad only" vechicle and keep it as cheap a posible. im thinking 52", 56", 57", 63"(all with shackle flip), or maybe even 3/4 eliptical. i want something that i can take to the dunes, run deep mud, and be very capabile on the rocks/trails.

    what have you done with it and how did it hold up? any problems with a particular type?

    TIA /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  2. 84gmcjimmy

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    sorry for the hi-jack, but can you explain 3/4 eliptical to me? I don't know what it is /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

    A few members have 52's and 56's and they look like they work excellent, so far thats the route that I am going on... I think with the 63's you would have to watch axle wrap with all that extra length.
     
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    definetally not 3/4 eliptical (aka buggy springs). Put a load on it it gets real bad. Any of the other three would be good options. 63s being best ride and most flex of course. My K5 has 52s flipped, and I'm thinking 63s on my Burb.
     
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    Alan, 52's flipped in the front or rear? I'm guessing rear /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Alan, 52's flipped in the front or rear? I'm guessing rear /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    I personally have the ORD 4" shackle flip + 3" Tuff Country springs for my rear suspension. But I would think about the AK-57 set up for some major flex. http://www.azkickin.com/ak57.htm
     
  7. big83chevy4x4

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    3/4 eliptical is hard to explain, so here are a few pics of it.
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    notice the rear suspention.

    i want something that i can make myself, get at a junk yard, or both.

    sled dog, a buggy or "truggy" is preaty much what im making, the only weight in the rear is gonna be the spares, tools, a few feet of tube, maybe some sheet metal.

    ive heard of some people saying the ak57 would unload going down steephills, allowing to create some scary situations. i don't want that. does the 3/4 eliptical do the same? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    3/4 elliptic will probably unload too.

    The AK-57 setup is pretty damn awesome. I have seen it on plenty of trucks and it works very well in the rocks here in AZ. Not sure it would be that good for sand but it is soft so that would help some.

    Harley
     
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    well thats fine but you posted pics of TJs truggy, track him down and ask him what he thinks of it. His own words are where I heard the bad things about 3/4 eliptical.
     
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    Alan, 52's flipped in the front or rear? I'm guessing rear /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

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    rear, my front has 4" BDS springs.
     
  11. 84gmcjimmy

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    sorry to hi-jack, but what does flipping the 52's do? move the axle back?
     
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    I meant 52s with a shackle flip, center pin on 52s is in the middle, spinning them around is exactly the same as the other way.
     
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    DOH! sorry I guess that was a givenb... sorry. /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     

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