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Re: CHEAPEST WAY TO LIFT AN 1985 K10 4X4 SW
I would use shackles but thats my opinion, its just stronger. but if you still want blocks (it is easier to put them on) then see below...
you can still add the block lift without much effort instead of the shackles, just loosen the bolts holding the springs to the axle, take a botle jack and jack the truck off the ground using the bottle jack to lift the springs while the axle stays on the ground, insert the block lift, lower the springs and your done, took me about an hour on my pickup. but would still suggest using shackles or even adding a leaf is the best alternative. this is all assuming that your springs mount ABOVE the axle.
if they mount below the axle, well, just ignore the instructoins above b/c that will lower youre ride by 3 inches. you have three optoins, shackles, add a leaf, or axle flip. i dont recommend the latter its flirting with diaster, but i do know plenty of buddies that do that bc its free for about 2-2.5 inches of lift. youll need shackles if the axle is above the springs.