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suspension repair

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by k9man, Jul 30, 2001.

  1. k9man

    k9man Registered Member

    Sep 11, 2000
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    Capitola, CA
    I have a 85 k5 i need to replace all the rubber bushings at the same time I am going to add a 2'or 4" lift. I currently run 32's and don't do much off roading except to go camping/fishing. Is it difficult to add the lift and change the rubber bushings or should that be left to the professional? The vehicle is currently stock, Are all lifts created equal? I know this is basic for most of you but all the choices in the adds and here for suspension parts is very confusing to me.

    Thanks for your help AL
  2. Rockjunkies

    Rockjunkies 1/2 ton status

    Jul 26, 2001
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    I would recomend having someone competent enough to help you. That way you can begin to learn how to work on your truck. Get the truck aligned afterwards. It is not a very difficult task, just remeber to use alot of saftey and a little common sense. And no, all lift kits are not created equal. Buy a good name brand kit. Call a nd talk to a rep. from the company and explain your needs and want's so that they can help you make a choice. Look for a kit the comes with all the mounting hardware, steering corrections, shocks, brakeline exstensions, etc.

    Keep it simple!
  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

    Jul 23, 2000
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    E-town baby!
    Personally I think a 2 1/2" lift or a 4" lift isn't going to be too difficult to do. More elbow grease and fighting rusted bolts than anything requiring a specialist...

    If you don't plan on anything bigger than a 32" tire a 2 1/2" lift would be fine, however most people get bit by the bug sooner or later and a 4" lift will allow you to run much more tire if you decide to do that later. The work involved between the two lift sizes would be almost the same.

    Most lift kits come with new spring eye bushings for the new springs, but if you choose lift blocks for the rear you'll still have the stock springs and will need to swap in new bushings.

    Once you decide how big you want to go, keep asking questions till you have the brand narrowed down. The more questions you ask the more info you'll get here. Also do a search in the forums here and check out the main page, there's a ton of info on lifts, suspension parts, etc...


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