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Recently I contacted Kert at www.DIY4X.com about what I needed to lift my 89 Blazer up a bit so I could clear my 38" Super Swamper TSL Radials.
As you can see in this pic, I could squeeze the 38's in with just a wee bit of cutting on the front fender, but as soon as I hit a bump in the road, or get on the gas at all, all four tires would be rubbing.
 

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This is what Kert sent me! 1/4" plate all around, what looks to be DOM tubing to hold the greaseable poly bushings, all the bolts I need, and what I think is the most Trick and a great Idea... the Bars that your bolts go into that brace the whole thing. I believe that these will eliminate any chance of shearing bolts or cracking the frame right there from stress.
 

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While I was waiting for the paint to harden up, I needed to take a look at my old ones and figure out how to get them off. If you've ever looked under your truck or blazer, you know that the factory spring hangers are Riveted on with some BIG ass rivets!
Here is a picture of what I was looking at. You can see where I first attempted a while back to go the cheapo way. It doesn't work very well, and it is a VERY unsafe setup, IMO.
 

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Then, I ran into my first problem... That lower piece of stamped steel that's hanging down? I couldn't get my grinder blade in there to grind the rivet head off. Plus, it was so close to the gas tank, I didn't want to get too extreme with what I was doing.
In the end, I ended up dropping the gas tank skidplate and the gas tank itself. Not only to keep the tank out of flame's way, but also to give me room on the inside of the frame to attach my new hardware.
 

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Once I torched the bottom rivets out, I ran into my second problem... The aftermarket Hitch I had was in the way. Since I am planning on incorporating a hitch in my tube bumper, it wasn't a big deal for me to just take it off. If I had wanted to keep the hitch, I would havehad to cut a corner off of the new brackets, which wouldn't have been a big deal at all.
 

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As you can see, the difference is incredible. 5" of lift leaves pleanty of room to stuff my 38" tires inside. As soon as I put my 14 bolt under it, I'll be able to take some pics of the tires inside and we'll see how much trimming i'll need to do. I also have a 2" body lift installed, so the body sits 7" higher than stock with these stock tires on it.
This Shackle Reversal Kit from www.diy4x.com is the best I've seen out there. I really like the versatility that the tubing with the poly bushings gives you. I can add up to 1" more of lift using the 6" hangers, or I can leave it at 4" with some stock length hangers. The strength and quality of this kit is unpareiled. I am very well pleased with this kit and would heartily recommend it to anyone.
 

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awsome kit :thumb: I really like those backing plates and weld nuts.

hey aj I hate to tell you this but that shackle angle is FUBARED, It is going to ride like sh!t. You need to move that fancy new bracket forward on the frame rail :deal:

Oh yeah one other thing, how do you grease those bushings? :finger:
 

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muddinmike said:
awsome kit :thumb: I really like those backing plates and weld nuts.

hey aj I hate to tell you this but that shackle angle is FUBARED, It is going to ride like sh!t. You need to move that fancy new bracket forward on the frame rail :deal:

Oh yeah one other thing, how do you grease those bushings? :finger:
I was just going to say that when i saw them like that....

Try and make your shackles about 20*, You will like that ride!
 

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Looking good AJ. Love the hammerite paint.

As far as the shackle angle goes, you need to switch the brackets from side to side or put on 56's. Either one of those will cure your woes!

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yeah... I am going to 56" springs, these are just for now till I get all the other junk installed. Those 56" will give me more flex fer sher! I still need to find some greaseable bolts to use as well... haven't seen any locally tho.
anyone know of the top of their head which years/models had the 56"?
 

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figured you were headed for 56's. Look under 3/4 ton suburbans and such.
Thanks Kert!
you know anyone running those in the front too?
 

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muddinmike said:
I have ford 57"s up front :mrgreen:
how wide are they, how thick is the spring pack, and are they stock fronts or rears? what are they off of?
Thanks Mike!
 
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