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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-21-2011, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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1997 chevy k2500

hey guys i just joined this website. i have a 1997 chevy k2500, regular cab, 8ft. bed, 5.7L v8, 4x4, auto trans, factory 4.11 posi rear, completely stock. this truck is my meal ticket, because i am a construction contractor. 90% of my driving is on paved roads. i want to be able to handle the potholes, bumps, sand, mud and snow as it comes along. oh yeah,and i also tow cargo trailers. i am new to 4x4 trucks, but ive been customizing and adding performance parts to cars for years now. with all that being said, if you guys or girls were in my position which direction would you take to make my vehicle as fast, fun, functional, and straight awesome as possible. also keep in mind im working within a blue collar budget. thanks everyone in advance for your help.
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First of go through all fluid and filter maintenance so you've got your baseline. From there I'd consider a good exhaust system, single 3" all the way and new shocks. Bilstein yellow & blue are good.

Anything from that you need to base on your needs and function.

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as construction worker i would not have bought ifs chevy but i have seen them work playing that role. 1/2s even do decent go to work day to day packn alittle lumper around and small inclosed trailer

type of construction also plays a huge role. my daily driver work truck is a 3500 cummins and its times its not near big enough but she gets the job done. but im on the excavation end of things were weighs are havier then maost trucks see

i would keep it stock and maybe look into makeing sure the idler pitman arm and balljoints are up to snuff.

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i am still thinking if i will be getting a chevy truck. I am still not convinced so i do a lot of researching first before buying anything. The truck will be used for an everyday driving both road and off road so getting a pickup truck is very ideal to me. Anybody here who sells a chevy from 2000-2005 model? Please let me know if you know someone who sells it and shoot me an email. i just want those year models because my relatives own a Chevrolet and they have stock of Chevrolet Parts used parts that i might benefit in the future.lol

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cover the base, pot holes suck no matter where or what you drive. shocks help BFG MT always worked for me other wise a little motor and tranny kits would help with pullin a trailer. if you give us a litle more info on what you are wantingthere are guys here who could tell ya what you need.

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