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Old 02-22-2012, 03:20 PM
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I plan on putting a lift on my blazer this summer, its the 4 door 4x4. I only want 5-6 inches but not as a whole lift, I plan on doing the 2 or 3 inch body lift and a 3 inch suspension lift. I know you can do up to 3 inches with new torsion bar keys, but it also puts stress on components such as the ball joints and CV shafts. I think I have 2 options for the suspension lift. 1.) get this get from rough country

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or 2.) buy torsion keys from eBay ($50) and I already have shackles and get ball joint spacers to reduce the wear on them (the top ones anyway).

Which one should I do? If all else fails I'll just do the 2-3 inch body lift and maybe do a torsion crank. Point is will the ball joint spacers substitute for the new control arms from the actual kit? I know I will have to get new shocks, just trying to compare prices and save a little bit.
 
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Originally Posted by Jimmy_Blazer View Post
I plan on putting a lift on my blazer this summer, its the 4 door 4x4. I only want 5-6 inches but not as a whole lift, I plan on doing the 2 or 3 inch body lift and a 3 inch suspension lift. I know you can do up to 3 inches with new torsion bar keys, but it also puts stress on components such as the ball joints and CV shafts. I think I have 2 options for the suspension lift. 1.) get this get from rough country

Chevy / GMC Suspension Lift

or 2.) buy torsion keys from eBay ($50) and I already have shackles and get ball joint spacers to reduce the wear on them (the top ones anyway).

Which one should I do? If all else fails I'll just do the 2-3 inch body lift and maybe do a torsion crank. Point is will the ball joint spacers substitute for the new control arms from the actual kit? I know I will have to get new shocks, just trying to compare prices and save a little bit.
I have ebay keys ball joint flip and a 2inch zone body lift, I have firebird rims and i am getting these 32in tires tomorrow

https://treadwright.com/p-61-265-75r...dog-m-t-e.aspx

thats about 6-7 inches higher than stock I will post pics after the tires are on. It already sits quite high but it will be even higher after the tires.
 
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How much do you have the t-bars cranked to? Have any problems with anything wearing out??? Thanks for the tire link I was wondering where I could get some decent tires without breaking the bank
 
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How much do you have the t-bars cranked to? Have any problems with anything wearing out??? Thanks for the tire link I was wondering where I could get some decent tires without breaking the bank
I have them cranked to about 2.7 inches. I just replaced my idler arm, inner and outer tie rods and my passenger side cv half shaft. I replaced all my ball joints about a year ago. I wheel the crap out of my truck so I wear stuff out fast. I plan on replacing ball joints and ilder arm twice a year. With the lift I have if it were only driven on the street I would imagine about a year life span with ball joints and idler arm.
 
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OK thanks, do the lower and upper wear evenly? I imagine the ball joint spacers will help as if the RC upper control arms would. I dont plan on doing much wheeling I just need a taller ride for all the snow we get where I am. Once I get enough saved up hopefully by next year I will do a solid axle swap.
 
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I replaced them both at the same time so not sure which will wear out first.

pics of firebird rims with treadwright 265-75-16s (32.2inch tires)









Before with just the body lift and keys



after with tires and rims

 
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