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What To Do First: Lift or Axle Swap?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by SAVAGE1, Mar 16, 2001.

  1. SAVAGE1

    SAVAGE1 1/2 ton status

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    I have everything in my garage waiting to be installed. I just want to make sure I have all the little things before I start. Would it be wise to do the axle swap (3/4 ton stuff) or lift first. I don't want to do everything all at once because there may be too many kinks to work out. It might not make any difference either way but I wanted to see what you guys thought. Thanks.
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  2. you are going to have to unbolt both of your axles to do the lift so you might as well do the axles too or you're just going to have to undo most of it again. my axle swap was one of the easiest swaps i've done. thats what i love about chevys. you'll need a conversion u-joint for the rear unless you are upgrading the driveline, and new u-bolts for the rear. i'm assuming you are swapping in a c14 bolt. everything else bolts up. good luck!

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  3. Chris Demartini

    Chris Demartini 1/2 ton status

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    <font color=blue>unbolt your leaf springs from the frame, ubolt the shocks from the upper mounts, unbolt the driveshafts and roll the old junk out! The just bolt the lift springs to the axles, roll them under and bolt the springs and shocks to the frame. You wount have to worry about seized u-bolts or lower shock mounts and it will go faster.</font color=blue>

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  4. if you are going from 1/2 ton to 3/4 rear axle you will need new u-bolts or the u-bolts that came with the 14 bolt if you aren't running blocks. 14 bolts have a larger diam. then 1/2 ton stuff.

    78, 350/350/203, 3/4 ton, 4" lift, 35" BFGs
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