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Why not go with 4" lift?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 86K5, Jul 5, 2001.

  1. 86K5

    86K5 Newbie

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    Why not go with 4\" lift?

    I'm debating between the Pro Comp 2.5" lift and the 4" lift. I have an '86 blazer with 33" tires on it. I don't plan on going to anything larger than the 33's. I'll be doing moderate offroading, not serious rockcrawling. Is there any reason NOT to go up to the 4" lift, instead of the 2.5"? My main concern is that I do not want to have premature driveline problems or any other mechanical complications. I can live with the harsh ride, but I don't want to give up any reliability.

    Thanks!

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  2. MudFrog

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    With the 2 1/2" you would not have to get longer brake lines or a raised steering arm. But personally I would go with the 4".

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  3. MaxCrack

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    I would go with the 4" lift. You need a raised steering arm. And some people here have needed a longer front drive shaft. Besides that, I have had no problems with mine. I was running 35's with minor trimming and no rubbing.

    That's because I'm the devil.
     
  4. laketex

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    yeah if you get the 2-1/2 you'll probably wish you'd gotten the 4". The 4" is pretty versatile...you can run 33's or 36's with some cutting. It's a good all around lift. Plus the shackle flip is easier to do homeade style!

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  5. Thunder

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    Why lift it any higher than you need to? The higher the lift the more problem$$$$$ you will have to fix.
    Resale or trade in value on lifted trucks sucks. Insurance is an issue because the vehicle is modified. Insurance companies are getting to where they dont like to cover modified trucks. The higher the truck the worse the gas milage. A lifted truck rolls over easier. They don't fit in a garage.
    I'm not saying lifted trucks are bad. You asked for reasons not to go high.


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  6. ftn96

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    I've got 4" with 33's. And it all fits together very well. Im still going to trim the fenders a little though. If I dis-connect my sway bar my front tires would rub if turned and flexed at the same time.

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  7. Emmettology 101

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    You may not want ot get the 4" if you have a really short girlfriend who hates climbing up into your ride. :)

    If not, go 4"!!!!!

    <font color=green>MIKE</font color=green> - "Hukd on fawnics,werkd fer me!"
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  8. CaptCrunch

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    No way Mike... That is when you gotta help the short girls up into your truck [​IMG] LMAO [​IMG]

    Well I would go for the 4". You say you only want 33's, but lift and bigger tires are contageous... I was thinking of a 4" lift but went w/ 6" and now I want more [​IMG]... maybe body lift and trimming to run 38 swampers [​IMG], and I'm not a real hardcore offroad guy eitherLOL. But I would go 4"... cause like lake tex said... very vesitile... run 33's w/ no hassles or trim the fenders and go 36's.

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  9. muddysub

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    i just got a pro comp 4" and put it on my sub, its easy replacing the steering arm, so it's no big deal, and the leaves are pretty comfortable on the road. haven't hit the trail yet, need new lines. it was fun to install cuz it was my first one, but it was rather easy. the only prob i had was the springs i got were for an '87 and earlier sub, but the guys at four wheel parts were cool and they got me some new larger bushings for my '89. ( the shackle bolts are bigger on my sub than an older one). i think youll be very pleased with a 4".

    scott,
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  10. MaxCrack

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    I had that problem for a while. But I rather liked it. Giving her a boost up, that is.

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    I'm running a 2.5 on my 83 with 35BFG's, I think it needs a raised steering arm. But anyway I plan on going to a 4in and I don't do the hardcore wheelin anymore. I just like the look of the 4in lift, yes you'll have buy somemore stuff for your K5 but your going to anyway right?

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    They're both the same price, right (kinda sorta)? Just go with the 4", I got the 2" lift and I kind of regret not getting the 4" now. I did the shackle flip and had to remove a leaf from the rear springs to make it look normal.

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  13. Triaged

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    Doesn't ORD make a 2.5" flip kit?

    '71 Blazer CST with alot of rust
     
  14. BlazerGuy

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    Yes they do <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.offroaddesign.com>http://www.offroaddesign.com</A>

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    Re: Why not go with 4\" lift?

    Go 4". If anybody takes any of my advice from this site, do this!

    I first went with an add-a-leaf from JC Whitney and a 3" rear block. It did look good compared to stock, and it was only $70.

    However, I got sick of it after 3 months and ripped it all apart again and went 4".

    I've since given it away to my friend. $70 wasted. He got it, I helped him put it on, and it looks good with 33s, but I still think a 4" is better. That's why there's a 4" on my truck.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     

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