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Would you go 6" or 8"?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 84_Chevy_K10, Oct 16, 2001.

  1. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    I want to run 37-38" tall tires along with Bushwacker cut out flares. I also would prefer not to use a body lift of more than 1". So, if you were me, would go with a 6" or 8" suspension lift, cost factor not thought about. I have to make driveshafts anyway so it doesn't matter. I don't care what it rides like, really. I do mud/trails etc. and my friends have bigger tires than that (39.5-44" range with 6-12" suspension kits, plus 3" body lifts).

    So, if you were me, which would you get? From the looks of how I'm going to do it, it won't cost that much more to go 8". I am thinking 8" would be pretty cool. What do you think?

    I have a SWB K10 pickup, so driveline angles are somewhat of a factor, but not really, with a SM 465 as it's really really short compared to my current 700R4.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  2. Rebel88

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    well not just driveshaft considerations you have to think about steering as well...i went from a 6" to an 8" kit myself due to the fact that i wanted more height and more tire...im still trying to figure out whether or not to go with crossover steering or must a pitman arm or draglink along with the steering arm i already have...

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  3. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    Just to add:

    I was heart set on 8" until I saw the September issue of OFF-ROAD Magazine with that red and checkered flag pattern SWB K10 that was absolutely awesome looking on a 6" and 36s. The truck in the mag looks bigger than that though.

    Tim
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  4. Triaged

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    I would go w/ a 6" and if they rub just cut more. I do trail rides most of the time and a low (relatively) CG sometimes comes in handy.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  5. DesertDueler

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    I am keeping my 4" lift (actually about 5" because no top or doors anymore) and going to 38.5x14.50/15 TSL SXs. The low center of gravity comes in handy sometimes.

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    I would go with 8"

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    For me, I'm gonna run 38's and a 4" lift...[​IMG]
    For you, go ahead and get the 8"

    Something else that folks haven't mentioned, is that you might want to consider some kind of traction bar for the backend. With your SF 14, you'll be less likely to break stuff, BUT with 8" of lift, 38" tires and a heavy right foot, it prb. wouldn't be a bad investment, especially if you go with blocks.

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    Well since your truck will eventually be a daily pavement pounder down the road I would go 6"... when you do the bushwhackers you will cut the fenders anyways and then they will cover them up and look nice and neat. Then you can always add a 1or 2" bodylift down the road if you want to get flexy. It all really depends how much you take off when you put on the flares and what tire selection you make.

    The reason I say go 6 is the springs will ride a lot softer and nicer for street driving and the steering will be way better. Only way steering is gonna be decent on a 8" is to do a crossover. I ran 8" and 38's on an old ford bronco and it wasn't exactly the best winter driver, none the less a daily.

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    I would go 6" and trim any metal that needed it.

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    You're life will be simpler with a 6" lift.
    If you don't intend to go with bigger tires then stick with the 6

    Rebel88- crossover steering is a great upgrade.
    We went cross-over this year and the truck handles fantastic.

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    Just me but 6"... then like someone mentioned do a body lift like an inch or two if you need it or even you can add a leaf.... I love my 6" and if I ever step up to bigger tires will simply bust out the sawzall and have a fender trimming party! [​IMG]

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  12. Tatman

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    Please exuse the ignorance of a Newbie. Though I've owned it for 5 years, I'm just starting to really do something with it.
    You were talking "flex" with a body lift... when I bought my truck it already had a 4" body lift, there is a 4" block between spring and rear axle, no block between spring and front axle (which seemed odd) but the truck sits level.... would I be better off taking the body lift off and going with suspension lift? This is a winter beater, mud/snow, hunting vehicle.... won't be any rock crawling that I see in the future (but you never know)... just figuring out what I have, how it works, and how to get the most out of it...

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    Also keep in mind that front driveshaft angles can get to be a problem with tall lifts and the short 465/205 combo. Don't know if its a problem on 8" lifts or not, but it can be an expensive problem to fix (cut and turn the knuckles on the front end).

    Pete

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    i think you are confusing rear blocks and a body lift. just about any lifting device (blocks, springs, SOA, etc.) that does not lift the body of the truck off the frame is a "suspension lift" albeit a different type for everyone (literally)
    a body lift will have "pucks" between the frame and the body or AKA tub. you can tell this by the gap it crates. The reason there are no blocks in the front is that it is unsafe and no one would suggest it, let alone do it.
    hope this helps [​IMG]

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    With an 8 " suspension lift you WILL have front driveshaft angles issues

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    Click here to view this pic: <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/photo/17809025/17809334oQWrhRpqQC>http://community.webshots.com/photo/17809025/17809334oQWrhRpqQC</a>

    This truck is running 6" suspension lift and Bushwacker cut-out flares. Nothing else. The tires are 39" Mickey Thompsons.

    I would not run anything taller than this lift especially if you plan to do the Bushwackers. There was plenty and ample clearance with what I had on this truck.

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    Wes, don't one tons have a (2") taller frame? (for the sake of making a fair comparison)

    Pete

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    I say go with 4" thats what i did and i run 38.5x14.5sx's and im going up to 39.5" boggers. I just love my lower center of gravity :)

    Try driving a couple of your buddies trucks and see which one you like best.

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    Re: Would you go 6\" or 8\"?

    if you got the money, 8"

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    Re: Would you go 6

    Pete, the frames are 'taller', but not going 'upwards'. The frames on the K30's go 'downward' more. I can't explain how, but I can get a pic up and show you one area that shows the difference. I will get a pic up of my K30 and the same area of the pic on my K5. You will see the only difference from where I show you on the pic. [​IMG]

    The other area that makes the K30 'taller' are the spring perches. I measured those front and rear perches off a spare set of 1 ton axles and also measured off a set of 3/4 tons. I need to go out into the garage and look for the measurements because I never brought the paper inside.

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