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Old 08-23-2011, 04:30 PM
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I would like my 2001 to be a bit lower than it is. It currently sits lower in the front than in the back. Because I do live in New Hampshire I do not want it so low I plow snow with the front bumper; especially when I put on my aftermarket bumper. I could use some ideas on how low to go and what I need to get to make it happen.
 
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so you wanna level the truck out correct ?
 
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Level it out and lower it by maybe an inch or so. It depends on how it looks after leveling it out
 
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:48 PM
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you can always crank the tbars to level it out or uncrank them and put lowering shackles

Here let me get you a link for tbar cranking

https://blazerforum.com/forum/tech-a...r-crank-37078/

I dont know if they got lowering shackles check ebay
 
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I think for the rear, you'd end up using lowering blocks. Since Blazers have a spring under axle in the rear, you add a block that spaces the axle and spring out, effectively lowering the rear end. Combined with a t-bar unload, voila, cheap lowering.


You can go with a 1 or 2" lowering block in the rear and unload the front t-bars to match it and it shouldn't cost you more than $100, max.
 
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ohh i thought they had lowering shackles I didnt know you can add blocks to the rear ends blazers have
 
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yea u can block em. the u bolts strap them down,i think the middle bolt thing holds em in place.

We keep talking about torsions,how do we know he has 4x4? or did i miss something?


On my 91 4x4 i backed the torsion bolts out all the way,and it only dropped maybe 2 inches,and now i have torsion lean,passenger side is a inch higher. so i had to redo it until they were even. If you have 4x4 you need to get lowering keys.
 
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In another thread it was mentioned he has 4x4, I believe. And since he only wants a mild drop, less than 2 inches from a torsion bar unload should be fine.
 
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It is a 4x4. And 1-2 inches should work fine. I would think that would be enough to handle curves and corners better (even though it does an amazing job now) and not plow snow with my front bumper. It is a hope that I can add the 16" Extreme rims to this without running into height issues. Hence why I want to level it out first, and see how much I can lower it after.
 
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The problem with levelling it out is that you don't have rear suspension adjustabillity, only front. So in order to level it, you'd have to raise the front up to match the rear... kind of the opposite of what you're trying to achieve.

Also, remember that either route you take, adjusting the front suspension up or down more than about 1/2" will require a new alignment. I'd suggest making the changes, driving for a day at most (unless you have crappy tires and are getting them replaced) to let the suspension settle a little, then get the car aligned. Unless you're replacing the tires anyways, don't drive more than a day or two if you don't absolutely have to.
 

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