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Ok, I'm adding the phord keys to my '00 Z-71 soon. I want to make sure I have everything down before I start doing anything. Are these the only parts I need:

 

-Keys

-3 " blocks for the rear

-What about new shackles for the front shocks?

 

I just bought shocks back in November, and I don't want the ride to suffer after adding the keys. I've seen someone on here saying that they just used some washers to get more length out of the shocks. How do I do that, and what size washers do I need? Do I need to jack the rear of the truck up to replace the blocks? Do you need new u-bolts when you add the bigger blocks? I don't have access to a floor jack for the time being, so I'll probably have the keys installed somewhere. Also, where can I buy the 3" blocks? Thanks for the help!

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OW!

 

Stop beating me!

 

:fume:

 

 

Yes, you'll need longer ubolts in the rear.

 

Yes, you'll need a jack.

 

You can buy a block kit from AutoZone/Checker/Oreilly's/Pep Boys/etc. that comes with blocks, ubolts and instructions.

 

Buying longer shocks is the easiest way to restore a bit of downtravel in the front...But shimming down the current shocks isn't that difficult...Just do a search on it, and all will be clear as mud :D

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OK, well for the past few weeks or so, I've been trying to decide between a body lift or teh phord keys. I wanted to do the body lift, but I think the keys will be fine, so I bought them and a block kit for the rear. Total cost was about $80-$90. I went to a local mechanic that I've used before to get everything installed, and he told me it would be $340 to install the keys and blocks! GHEY! So, it looks like I'll be doing this myself this weekend at my parents' house because my dad has all the tools that I need. However, I do need to order some longer shocks for the front. Any suggestions? I've searched around these forums, and it seems rancho or procomp were what most people are running with the keys installed. Part numbers are appreciated. :driving:

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$340? Jeeeeez Halen, that's ridiculous!

 

Hell if you're anywhere near Houston I'll help you and we'll do it ourselves for a case or 2 of beer.

 

You'll just need to go get your alignment done afterward but key's and blocks are easy, maybe take 2 hours at the most.

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I live in Katy. About an hour or so from Deer Park. I won't be doing it this weekend after all...a buddy called me today and we made plans to play a little golf while we're drinkin' beer, I mean...drink some beer while where playing golf :thumbs: . I called another shop that specializes in suspension work and the like, and they told me it would still cost around $250-$275, with alignment though. But that's still way too much. Thanks Frank, when I find a free weekend I'll give you a shout in advance and you can let me know what kind of beer I need to bring. :driving:

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I imagine so.

 

There's a couple of stories floating around here about people using a 2 or 3 jawed puller and how dangerous it was so I was really glad I bought the loader before I put the greenies on my Sierra.

 

Eighty bucks just isn't worth the risk in my opinion.

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