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Old 03-13-2017, 09:02 AM   #26
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Re: Has anyone improved ride/handling in Jimmy/Blazer?

Is there a way to add a front sway bar without swapping out the front crossmember?
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:03 AM   #27
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Re: Has anyone improved ride/handling in Jimmy/Blazer?

I added a sway bar from a 1986 k20. I made these plates out of 1/4 steel. Works good. Uses stock cross member
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Old 03-13-2017, 09:02 PM   #28
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I added a sway bar from a 1986 k20. I made these plates out of 1/4 steel. Works good. Uses stock cross member
Can you post more pictures of how this connects?

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Old 03-13-2017, 09:34 PM   #29
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Re: Has anyone improved ride/handling in Jimmy/Blazer?

I read through all of the posts an i'll add this idea! Add a plastic leaf spring liner designed to reduce inner leaf friction. I re-sprung my 48 willy's pickup after the stock 7 stack narrow set flattened out from a sbc v8. I did this the same time i put a scout disc brake front end under neath it and a ford axle out back and did the same re spring job in the rear. It made a world of difference with fewer leafs (4 i think) and reduced inner leaf friction was awesome!!
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Old 03-14-2017, 12:42 AM   #30
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Re: Has anyone improved ride/handling in Jimmy/Blazer?

I've heard it's dangerous to have a front sway bar without a rear. If that's true, which seems to make sense make sure you do the rear first.
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Old 03-14-2017, 12:04 PM   #31
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Re: Has anyone improved ride/handling in Jimmy/Blazer?

GM made millions of cars and trucks with front sway bar and no rears. I used a piece of steel 8x2x1/4 to make the brace for the bar mounting brackets. the spring top plates are from the 86 K20 the bar came from
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Old 03-14-2017, 12:41 PM   #32
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Re: Has anyone improved ride/handling in Jimmy/Blazer?

Quick question on this subject,
Does anyone have the part number for the Redhead steering box that would fit a 1972 gmc jimmy 4x4? I'm only seeing boxes for 2wd applications on their website.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:21 PM   #33
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Re: Has anyone improved ride/handling in Jimmy/Blazer?

Part #2851 was the part number a year or so ago - you'll need to tell them if you want 15:1 or 18:1.
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:19 PM   #34
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Re: Has anyone improved ride/handling in Jimmy/Blazer?

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GM made millions of cars and trucks with front sway bar and no rears. I used a piece of steel 8x2x1/4 to make the brace for the bar mounting brackets. the spring top plates are from the 86 K20 the bar came from
Thanks for the pics, never seen this setup with the bar connecting to the axle before. Interesting...

Time to go square body hunting....

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