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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2004, 04:55 PM
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Lift for 87 Chevy 4x4 LB

OK ... the truck is a 87 Chevy 1/2 ton LB 4x4

As I got it, there is a 4" lift ... blocks front and rear. Am I wrong in thinking that blocks in the front are a big no-no?

I am wanting to go with springs in the rear, maybe do the shackle-flip thing and thinkin about flippin em in the front as well. I'm just not familiar enough with lifts for these trucks to know what should and shouldnt be.

Oh yeah, did I mention that I need to try and do this on the cheap cheap? [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Thanks for helpin out! I will learn some of this eventually.

Don [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2004, 05:19 PM
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Re: Lift for 87 Chevy 4x4 LB

Get rid of the front blocks right away! To get 4" in the front, you can either go with 4" lift springs, or 3" springs and longer shackles. You cannot flip the front shackles.
For the rear, you can either get the shackle flip kit and keep the stock springs, put in 4" lift springs, or keep the blocks. has a lot of the products you're looking for.
Most people agree that the Tuff Country EZ ride springs will give you the softest, and flexiest wheeling available.
When you go 4", you have to look at your steering angles. You may have to replace the steering arm. You may also have to put in longer brake lines.
If you still have the stock exhaust with the crossover pipe running under the front driveshaft, you'll probably have to modify that too.
Anyways, I hope this helped you out some, and good luck.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2004, 05:47 PM
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Re: Lift for 87 Chevy 4x4 LB

I dunno what I was thinkin' ... I knew I can't flip the front ones but wrote that anyway. [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]

There's no exhaust at all on the rig yet, so that's not a problem.

I was figuring on replacing the steering arm and brake lines as well as adding a 1" body lift. (Then I get to play with linkage n stuff)

Just for some reason those blocks in the front look dangerous. I guess I was right to ask! Thanks VERY much for the info and advice. [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]

Oh yeah, one other thing I was wondering ... when an ad says something like 'only fits trucks with 52" springs' (or whatever length) ... is that measured from center to center from the mounting bolts? Or is that measuring the longest spring?

Gonna head over to now to do sum shoppin! Thanks again!!

Don [img]images/graemlins/scs.gif[/img]
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