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What should I do? (8 or 12 inch)

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by four_by_ken, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Should I or shouldnt I?

    I already have an 8 inch lift. I could go up to 12 real easy. Driveshafts are not made yet. Just would need to get new front springs.

    But, should I?

    Ken H.

    '86 K5 in parts
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  2. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    Unless you plan to run bigger which i see no reason to, 44's are gigantic, id just keep the 8" lift. And save the $$


    87 Custom Deluxe
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  3. Overkill

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    IF ya like to slop around in the mud and deep holes go for 12, if you like cruising the vertical face of mountains stay with 8. MHO.

    Jamie

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    Swimmin like a rock, slingin like a stock, but not for long.
     
  4. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah, I am just muddin. No rocks or such around MI. Although, they are building a rock garden a few hours away.

    Probably just stick with the 8 and some trimming.

    Ken H.


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  5. 84_Chevy_K10

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    My friend has 12 and 3 and he still has to trim, so pick your poison.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    85 Shortbox 1/2 ton status

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    Four by Ken, Where are they building a rock garden? I live in SW MI, so I am kind of curious?

    "We all gotta go sometime.... Race ya"
     
  7. four_by_ken

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    I started a new thread about the rocks... check it out.

    Ken H.


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    off the shelf 10-12" springs are junk

    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though
     
  9. BlueKnight

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    well with a 12" its stiff . man is it stiff. And their a bit of sway. Least on the Chev 1 ton I was in with 44's. Eww hated ruts. As for 12" needed for muddin. well I have 11" total with 38's and it chews it up nicely. tires are narrow and dig into the thick hard clay at the bottom of the pit here in Oregon. and with 12" your looking at a adj drg link also possibly even a more severe dropped pitman arm. Serious brakeline replacements, Longer shocks for sure and possibly some electtrical wiring mods. Also that big of tires you are looking at very common breakage. If I go 44'2 im putting my 2 1/2 ton rockwells to good use.

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  10. reddog64

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    you should do 21.5 inches of lift with no front driveshaft...

    haha... just saw another post...
    sorry...
     
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    My best friend has a '79 K10 with one ton axles, 8" Skyjacker suspension lift, and cut fenders. This clears 44" Swampers with no problem. I personally don't see a need for 12" suspension, IMHO. Your truck will sway a lot more and steering correction for that much lift is hell. Not to mention driveshaft angles, spring stiffness, etc. I would stick with the 8" and cut fenders. Hope I didn't steep on your toes, i just don't see the need for 12". Hope this helps.

    Will

    '72 C10, originally 2WD, 6"Springs f+r, Dana 60 f+r, Lock-Right front, welded rear, 4.56s, 350, SM465, NP205, 39.5" TSLs, ORD crossover steering
     
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    I have decided to stick with the 8 inch I already have on there and just add some body lift and fender trimming.

    Ken H.


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