The K5 started off with a solid foundation, including full
GSI Machine & Fabrication front and rear setups. The beautiful box-tube components are a combination of precision-machined steel and hand-welded joints. As a result of its laser-scanned dimensions, the GSI frame fits perfectly beneath the iconic ’73-to’91 body style. The front suspension configuration consists of GSI upper and lower control arms suspended by Air Lift Performance Dominator 2,600-pound airbags. The rear four-link makes use of Firestone 9000 airbags and a GSI billet Watt’s linkage. The GSI front end also includes the integration of a Mustang II steering rack and optional mounts for the LS-based powerplant.
The custom frame essentially eliminates all bumpsteer and excessive camber movement throughout the suspension travel. The travel is managed thanks to a host of the highest quality air-ride parts on the market today. The airbags are managed via Air Lift Performance’s high-tech 3H system, which digitally manages the pressure of each airbag and the height of the suspension simultaneously. Keeping the air supplied are FLO Airride Mfg’s unique billet air compressors and custom billet air tanks. The system is outfitted with FLO’s billet rail system for a durable and handsome presentation, and it’s all tied together to help the K5 rest its body comfortably on the pavement.
The FLO Blazer sits on a set of 22- and 24-inch billet US Mags Scottsdale wheels that are tucked in the fenders and nearly invisible. The staggered lips are finished in full polish, and the wheel centers are paint-matched Titanium Gray to the truck’s center body section. Snugly fit behind each wheel are custom disc brakes from Baer Performance. The 6S Extreme brakes are absolutely massive, and the six-piston calipers are custom powdercoated to match the brilliant blue of the Blazer. The calipers and wheel centers parallel the truck’s subtly custom body and paint scheme.
While they are plenty capable, the 6S brakes are put to good use thanks to FLO Squared’s primary motivator. Inside the completely customized engine bay lies a 6.0L LS2 donated by a first-gen Cadillac CTS-V. The engine bears little resemblance to its factory form, as it’s been outfitted with a Sniper EFI lowprofile intake manifold from Holley Performance, Powermaster starter, and full Tru-Trac accessory front drive kit from Billet Specialties. The custom intake and valve covers have been paint-matched to the blue exterior. The inner fenders, core support, and firewall are adorned with custom bead-rolled and gusseted sheetmetal from the builder, ultra-talented Rob Perry of Perry’s Garage. The Baer billet master-cylinder sits attractively beside the motor. The engine emits a modest roar through Hedman LS swap headers and a custom stainless dual MagnaFlow exhaust. This Blazer is quite the beast ready to be unleashed!