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I planning on tossing the 3"lift blocks out and going all leafs in the rear. What leafs would give me a 3"-4" lift??? What do you guys recommend??? I'm looking for lift,ride, and flex.

I have seen some rigs with their shocks mounted like this \/ instead of the normal stock position. Can someone explain the purpose of this custom mounting of the shocks???
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Originally posted by RJ's89Runner:
<STRONG>I have seen some rigs with their shocks mounted like this \/ instead of the normal stock position. Can someone explain the purpose of this custom mounting of the shocks???
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You mean like this: / \ ?

This does a few things, one is with a u-bolt flip you have to make new lower shock mounts.

Second, the stock location is too cramped limiting the length of the shock can that can be installed to the point the shock limits the axle's down travel. So angling the shock inward at an angle lets you fit a longer shock and by angling it you get even more travel. The '83 and earlier trucks had the shocks angled inwards from the factory, why they changed in '84, is a mystery.

Ideally you want the shock mounting bolts to run perpendicular to the axle to allow for maximum articulation.

The downside of angled mounting is that the more angle the less effective the shock is.
 

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Originally posted by 4CrawlR:
<STRONG>You mean like this: / \ ?

This does a few things, one is with a u-bolt flip you have to make new lower shock mounts.

Second, the stock location is too cramped limiting the length of the shock can that can be installed to the point the shock limits the axle's down travel. So angling the shock inward at an angle lets you fit a longer shock and by angling it you get even more travel. The '83 and earlier trucks had the shocks angled inwards from the factory, why they changed in '84, is a mystery.

Ideally you want the shock mounting bolts to run perpendicular to the axle to allow for maximum articulation.

The downside of angled mounting is that the more angle the less effective the shock is.</STRONG>
Kool... do you know where I could get this done???

I'm still waiting on any suggestions on the block removable and what leafs are good ...

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a few questions, first, do you have to have a u-bolt flip to use them, and how much are they? <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0">
 

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You do not need a ubolt flip to mount your shocks pointing inward. You just need a little space on your axle to weld up new shock mounts and somewhere above your axle to put the other pair of shock mounts. It's really simple. Shocks are far from rocket science.
 

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As for lifting the rear, use the search option and do a search for Chevy. You'll get a lot of information on swapping chevy springs onto your truck, which seems to be very popular right now. I just bought my chevy leafs and will be doing the swap within the next couple of weeks. As for the u-bolt flip kit, try all pro off roadand rockstomper. They both carry them.
 

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Originally posted by BigBadBob:
<STRONG>You do not need a ubolt flip to mount your shocks pointing inward. You just need a little space on your axle to weld up new shock mounts and somewhere above your axle to put the other pair of shock mounts. It's really simple. Shocks are far from rocket science.</STRONG>
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Thanks for the info.
What would be better, to weld the mounts or buy mounts that bolt up to the axle, like the BudBuilt.com sells??? <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0"> Just wanna do it right the first time around.

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Originally posted by crawlytoy:
<STRONG>As for lifting the rear, use the search option and do a search for Chevy. You'll get a lot of information on swapping chevy springs onto your truck, which seems to be very popular right now. I just bought my chevy leafs and will be doing the swap within the next couple of weeks. As for the u-bolt flip kit, try all pro off roadand rockstomper. They both carry them.</STRONG>
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Kool ...... the search will begin .... <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0">
 

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i meant do you have to have a u-bolt flip kit to use the bud built kit, and how much does the bud built kit cost? <IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by rollmeover:
<STRONG>i meant do you have to have a u-bolt flip kit to use the bud built kit, and how much does the bud built kit cost? <IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
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Check out the link below for cost and what you need to use. <IMG SRC="smilies/glasses.gif" border="0">
http://www.budbuilt.com/index.html
 

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Originally posted by rollmeover:
<STRONG>i meant do you have to have a u-bolt flip kit to use the bud built kit, and how much does the bud built kit cost? <IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
No you can buy the upper and lower mount separately. If you do the Ubolt flip, then you only need the upper. If you do not have a Ubolt flip, the lower bolt on kit will work. <IMG SRC="smilies/grinpimp.gif" border="0">
 

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still, how much does the budbuilt kit cost? for the upper and lower mounts? <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 
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