The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network







Register or Log In To remove these advertisements.

Go Back   The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network > 47 - Current classic GM Trucks > The 1973 - 1987 Chevrolet & GMC Pickups Message Board

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-03-2011, 08:31 AM   #1
cochino12
It followed me home?
 
cochino12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Parker, Co
Posts: 5,313
How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I'm looking for a inexpensive 4" lift for my K5 and the prices are pretty good on these rough country lifts. I've always run tuff country lifts and have been real happy with the way the ride, but I'd rather save $300 if the rough county ride is ok. Any input?
__________________
Adam
"Billy boy this is Ghana. You my friend, are shooting for the Sudan"

84 ccsb build http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...d.php?t=586896

92 C1500 build " The Bucket " http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...d.php?t=588062
cochino12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 09:03 AM   #2
b454rat
Senior Member
 
b454rat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Binghamton, NY
Posts: 2,122
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I think there is a reason they call them rough country. I don't know where it is now, possibly on CK5, there is a spring rate table to some popular front springs. I think RC had the highest spring rate. I think I have a set on the front of my crew, and had them on my 89 when I first SAS'd it. It rode OK, but had a 454 to weigh the front down. I'd rather spend the money on a softer front spring, or swap in a set of 52s and keep the overload. Only have to move the front hanger.
__________________
1979 Malibu 454 4-speed
1988 Chevy K3500 454 auto, soon to be 6BT NV4500 HP60
b454rat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 11:06 AM   #3
dman1982
Registered User
 
dman1982's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: jacksonville nc
Posts: 1,109
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

i got a rough country on my 84 k10...it rides like a tank...i ordered a 4 inch and they gave me a six....but they gave me 4 inch shocks...need to get the six inch shocks...might take some of the ruffness out of it.
dman1982 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 11:37 AM   #4
eclipse85k10
Registered User
 
eclipse85k10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 25
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

Horrid! I put my 4" on my 85 1/ton years ago and wasn't bad at first, but I was also younger. But now it rides real bad. My front springs where also over flexed and now warped. If I buy another set of lift springs, I'm getting tuff country ez-rides.
__________________
Eric

1985 Chevrolet K10 4" lift 33x12.50s 350/sm465/208 4.10s
1989 Chevrolet Suburban 350/700r4 all stock all
1965 Chevrolet C20 4x4 conversion project
eclipse85k10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 12:02 PM   #5
USSkoval
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: West Jefferson, OH
Posts: 864
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I thought I read somewhere that they might have softened the spring rate sometime recently. Everyone that gives their opinion on the ride quality is always someone that had them years ago. The spring rate chart was several years ago too. Has anyone bought Rough Country springs recently?
__________________
-Andy

'77 K5 Blazer
'79 K30 Crew Cab Dually
'83 K5 Blazer
'84 C10 Short Stepside
'86 K20 Suburban
'88 K20 Suburban
'90 K20 Suburban

USSkoval is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 12:54 PM   #6
dman1982
Registered User
 
dman1982's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: jacksonville nc
Posts: 1,109
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I bought mine a year ago...not sure if that is recent enough...if so like a tank
Posted via Mobile Device
dman1982 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 01:09 PM   #7
d-666
Registered User
 
d-666's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: st francois quebec
Posts: 162
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dman1982 View Post
I bought mine a year ago...not sure if that is recent enough...if so like a tank
Posted via Mobile Device

exact same thing here
__________________
1990 k5 blazer
1990 gmc jimmy
1949 1300 p/u-sold
1977 bbc skylark
96 roadmaster
06 9c1 impala
d-666 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 01:23 PM   #8
USSkoval
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: West Jefferson, OH
Posts: 864
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

Cool, thanks.

I certainly don't recommend the Rough Country springs then, lol.
__________________
-Andy

'77 K5 Blazer
'79 K30 Crew Cab Dually
'83 K5 Blazer
'84 C10 Short Stepside
'86 K20 Suburban
'88 K20 Suburban
'90 K20 Suburban

USSkoval is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 07:45 PM   #9
76stepsidechevy
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Windsor Locks
Posts: 621
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I can't say anything about there truck lifts but I put there 4" lift on my old jeep a while back and it was garbage. You couldn't pay me to run something with there name on it again. Within a month I had sagging springs and not all of them... shocks rotted out in a year. They claim to have a new spring supplier but I doubt its any better.
76stepsidechevy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 12:36 AM   #10
67_SS396
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Lowry Crossing, Tx
Posts: 1,168
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

My neighbor put a 4" rough country lift on his half ton short bed less than a year ago and the ride sucks to say the least. I used a set of turf country EZ rides on my crawled and it is nice. The more it flexes and gets worked, the better it gets.
Posted via Mobile Device
__________________
Fawker Fab three seater rock crawler buggy 454/SM465/203/205 Fawker Fab doubler/one tons, Detroits, 5.13's, 42" PB Rockers

'86 CUCV "Buster" RIP

'97 Dodge 12 valve five speed (Tow Rig)

'05 Dodge 3/4 Ton Crewcab Cummins 6spd (Wife's)

Southern Bowties Club

RevLimit Offroad

Fawker Fab

"Hang on beer, we can do this."
67_SS396 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 12:34 PM   #11
BigRed76
Senior Member
 
BigRed76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Loveland, CO
Posts: 1,482
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

About 9 months age I put a 4" rough country lift on my '76 short bed. It rode the same before and after the lift. It may have even been a little better since it got new shocks. Then after I put new tires on it those tires made a world of difference. Apparently the old tires I had were like rocks, whereas these new tires have alot of flex in the sidewalls. I also did a shackle flip kit in the rear instead of using blocks, and that made a big difference in the ride quality too. Rough country isnt horrible, but you get what you pay for.
__________________
Zach


1970 Chevrolet Custom Camper K20

1971 Chevrolet Custom C10, 5.3/4L60E, 3.73's (DD)

1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, 461/TH400, 3.73's w/posi

1995 Chevrolet Silverado K2500, 5.7L/4L60E, ECSB

1996 Chevrolet Cheyenne K1500, 5.0L/4L60E, ECSB


Rare does not always mean desirable...It's rare that I crap my pants, but it's usually not desirable.
BigRed76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 12:35 PM   #12
BigRed76
Senior Member
 
BigRed76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Loveland, CO
Posts: 1,482
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

And you gotta remember these are 4wd trucks with leaf springs, its gonna ride like a truck no matter what. If you want it to ride like a cadillac, then buy a cadillac
__________________
Zach


1970 Chevrolet Custom Camper K20

1971 Chevrolet Custom C10, 5.3/4L60E, 3.73's (DD)

1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, 461/TH400, 3.73's w/posi

1995 Chevrolet Silverado K2500, 5.7L/4L60E, ECSB

1996 Chevrolet Cheyenne K1500, 5.0L/4L60E, ECSB


Rare does not always mean desirable...It's rare that I crap my pants, but it's usually not desirable.
BigRed76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 01:44 PM   #13
USSkoval
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: West Jefferson, OH
Posts: 864
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigRed76 View Post
And you gotta remember these are 4wd trucks with leaf springs, its gonna ride like a truck no matter what. If you want it to ride like a cadillac, then buy a cadillac
Yeah, but riding like a truck and riding like a log wagon are two different things.

My Burb with 4 inch BDS springs rides about like it did when it was stock.
My old K5 with old 4" Rancho springs (comparable to Rough Country) rode absolutely horrible.
My crew cab with 4" Superlift springs actually does kinda ride like a Caddy (but it's partially because the long wheelbase and the weight of the big block).
__________________
-Andy

'77 K5 Blazer
'79 K30 Crew Cab Dually
'83 K5 Blazer
'84 C10 Short Stepside
'86 K20 Suburban
'88 K20 Suburban
'90 K20 Suburban

USSkoval is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 02:29 PM   #14
Redcap
Registered User
 
Redcap's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lewis County, WA
Posts: 1,458
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

My Rough Country 6" is on the stiff side, but I don't mind high spring rates as I actually use my truck to work.
Redcap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 10:48 PM   #15
Your41Plague12
Registered User
 
Your41Plague12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 954
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I put a 6" on my K20 and it now has just about ZERO suspension flex. This was only a year and a half ago. I've literally hit my head on the ceiling when going over speed bumps at about 5 mph. If you're buying a rough country lift, buy a helmet too.
__________________
Steve
Member of the Foot Pedal Club
'83 Chevy K20: 6" Rough Country, 3" Performance Accessories BL,
Bushwacker Cutouts, 38x15.50 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws,
350 HP 350 crate engine from Jegs, Turbo 400
Your41Plague12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 01:24 PM   #16
BirdDoggin
Registered User
 
BirdDoggin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Turkey, N.C.
Posts: 21
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I had a 6" on a 88 jeep cherokee and it was stout. Not the best for faster trail running, but the stiffness comes in handy keeping you up off snags when your creeping.
BirdDoggin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 01:47 PM   #17
70chevyk10dlx
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: lompoc california
Posts: 11
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I don't suggest it I have a 70' k10 with the 4" an it is brutal an plus they gave me a 6" lift in the rear keep with tuff country
Posted via Mobile Device
__________________
1970 k10 custom delux Bone stock except for the four inch lift kit
70chevyk10dlx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 01:50 PM   #18
spudz
Registered User
 
spudz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Branchville SC
Posts: 1,640
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

My 88 k5's front 4in springs are rough country. Its rides like crap... But who cares..... its a lifted truck.. They all ride worse then stock. ONLY way to make its KINDA soft is, do a flip kit in rear and keep the factory springs, and install 52in rear springs out of a 88-98 up front with a conversion kit. Its usually cheaper then a all spring lift kit to do it this way and there are no blocks.
__________________
2004 z71, 96 z71 on 38s, 88 Chevy k5 blazer, 4in lift. 84 swb project, 82 SWB project , 84 chevy 4x4 lwb project, 88 Jimmy beater/highschool ride. 79 c30. 99 tahoe 4x4 project. and a bunch of parts trucks..
spudz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 04:02 PM   #19
thinair
thinair
 
thinair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: omaha,ne
Posts: 701
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

Mine really doesn't ride that bad........and like said above.....it's a lifted solid axle truck.
thinair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 07:51 AM   #20
cochino12
It followed me home?
 
cochino12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Parker, Co
Posts: 5,313
Re: How rough does your rough country lift ride?

I'm going to just spend the extra money and buy some tough country springs. I realize its a soid axle truck but it if the option for a better ride is available why make the truck ride worse? The cost difference isn't that much. UjThanks for the input everyone
Posted via Mobile Device
__________________
Adam
"Billy boy this is Ghana. You my friend, are shooting for the Sudan"

84 ccsb build http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...d.php?t=586896

92 C1500 build " The Bucket " http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...d.php?t=588062

Last edited by cochino12; 07-06-2011 at 07:56 AM.
cochino12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 1997-2013 67-72chevytrucks.com