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Unread 2012-08-15, 12:28 PM   #1
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i just bouht a 01 Blazer xtreme, and i have been throwing around the idea of lowering it using blocks in the rear and coils in the front, in doing this will it ruin the ride quality, im kinda thinking 3 in the front and 4 in the back, and what would be a better choice, coils or spindles, or would it be better to just bag it all together, any info on doing this would be great, its the first truck/suv im going to attempt to lower
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If you don't want to chew through tires, do 2" spindles and 1" coil if you're dead set on 3" drop in the front. Blocks in the rear. Bell Tech has good components, but their shocks ride like shit.
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with the drop spindles and the coils, can a guy use the stock shocks or would he need aftermarket lowering ones?
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yes, but you'll need to trim/remove the bumpstops.
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Ok thanks, I think im gonna go that route.
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Don't waste your money on coils. I'm pretty sure xtremes came from the factory lowered on coils up front.
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Don't waste your money on coils. I'm pretty sure xtremes came from the factory lowered on coils up front.
will just a set of drop spindles work just the same?
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Yes, keep in mind that doing spindles means you need to redo ball joints unless you're a boss. I have a set of blocks (for the rear) 2" drop blocks for sale. Brand new in box. I'd let em go for cheap. Let me know.

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Yes, keep in mind that doing spindles means you need to redo ball joints unless you're a boss. I have a set of blocks (for the rear) 2" drop blocks for sale. Brand new in box. I'd let em go for cheap. Let me know.

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Thanks for the offer, but I already have the blocks for the rear, do any of you guys know where I can get a set of spindles for it? Ones that won't break the bank, but I don't want junk either.
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will just a set of drop spindles work just the same?
Spindles will work just the same with less camber wear. And if you decide later you want to bag it, spindles will still be helpful but coils would be a wasted investment. Like previously mentioned plan on getting at least new boots for the ball joints though.

As for where to find them, keep an eye on Craigslist. You should be able to find a set for under $150. Otherwise your next best option is to buy new from Belltech, assuming they still make them.
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Good luck finding a used set of spindles. Things may have changed since my lowered blazer times but they are expensive and harder to find used. I would do Spindles and Drop blocks if it where me. Last i know Belltech was the only company that made spindles for 2 wheel drive blazers. You can also use stock shocks with blocks and Spindles.
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thanks for all the help guys
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Belltech still makes them, last I checked they are about $300, or you can find a no name brand for 275, but they look pretty questionable.

Last drop on mine was 3" coils, 3"blocks and a pulled leaf. Rode around like that for about 3 months and threw spindles on. Personal opinion says new shocks if you do blocks and springs. They're cheap and easy to replace, I bought a set of kybs off summit for $20 each. And if you're going all out, there's a website that has tubular control arms for g-body dirt track cars. They're cheaper than factory replacements, and stronger. There's a thread on s10 forum with the details.
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The belltech number on the spindles should be 2102. They are more expensive because they use the sealed hub assembly, and the dual piston brake calipers. If you are doing coils in front, you will need drop shocks. I wouldn't do anything over a 3" block in the rear. Jags that run has some nice billet blocks on their site, and they are made specifically for the s-series trucks.

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I wouldnt recommend belltech spindles. I had them on a blazer extreme and many times while turning the wheel the brakes would stop working and pedal would go to the floor. I dont remember the exact reason it was 10 years ago but making tight turns in parking lots, uturns, etc was a dangerous act. Also I suggest getting coils imo even with spindles and oem lowered coils still not low enough. Do the spindles and 3" coils and cut a coil like a boss, it looks great trust me. Ill try and find a pic but that was before dig cameras were cheap and everyone had one so they are probably packed away in a box somewhere.
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That may have looked great, but probably rode like crap. Spindles wouldn't cause a hydraulic issue with the brakes unless the brake hoses got screwed up some how. The only drop spindle issue I've heard of is trimming the bottom of the brake dust shield.

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Nope it rode great surprisingly
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