Re: Lift and tires for S10
I've definitely got to get "Behemoth" (the 'burban) back on (and off) the road again... The tranny is in sort of desperate need of a rebuild, and I seem to have at least one rear leaking wheel cylinder... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] But that thing is awesome in the snow... Even with that 454 and my ultra leaded foot, I couldn't get it to spin the tires even on some pure ice I found in the back yard last year... It accelerated from dead stop to about 40 about as fast as it does on dry pavement... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I was very amazed by that... I wish I had it for winter driving, even though we haven't gotten much snow here in MI... It's going to be very hard for me to do all the things I'd like to get done to the trucks this year, and virtually impossible to pay for it all... I have to do a considerable amount of welding to the cab of the S15, find a decent bed in a scrap yard or somewhere, sand blast it, under coat it, paint it a nice coat of black, and throw it on there... Needs cab corners, and possibly a rocker, the bottoms of the doors are going to get some welding done to them, and front fenders need some body work... If I can find out how I could run the coilovers up front, I'd get some nice hoops and modify the inner fender...
On Behemoth, it's going to be an interesting fix up... I have the shell part of it to exchange to the good 4x4 frame (the one that's on there now is all rusted out and smashed up), and I have to do some massive trimming to the fenders, and the part of the inner fenders that are in the back, especially, so I can stick with a 6 or 8" suspension lift (to still have a bit of articulation), no or very little body lift, and run 44" super swampers... That's going to be an interesting trick... Yikes! All these modification plans floating around in my skull, I just had to let them out of there or it would have exploded... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img] [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] This stuff is going to cost a fortune, and unfortuneately, I don't have one of those yet... Hopefully by this summer, I'll have enough to at least get started on some body work... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Another interesting thing to think of, when you change the strength of parts, or add better ones while ignoring the rest of the associated system, you change what the weak link is, and potentially make it something more expensive, on the other hand it may make the weak link something relatively cheap... Also, no matter how big/tough/heavy duty it gets built, it will eventually break, and usually the bigger it gets built, the tougher the trails and such it sees, so it averages out to break just about as often as it usually did before... I call it: "Sandman's theory of relativity", and it relates the strength of parts you use, and amount you build the truck to the relative difficulty of trails it sees, and after transforming the values on a relative scale from 1-10 for strength, and difficulty, you square root the sum of both numbers, and add 35%. Then you divide by 44, multiply by the distance away from the moon, and how long it will take to drive your truck there, the number of hours you plan to spend there, the estimated amount of gas you will burn to get there and back, divide by your age, and the relative weight of your lead foot, from .5 (basically your foot is about like a feather) to 10 (your foot has approximately the same density of a black hole, and forces the throttle down so far you can't pick it back up)... Finally you throw down the calculator in disgust, and just go out and have fun... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I hope someone finds this amusing, because it took me a little while to think of it and type it out... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Sorry for the long and mostly off topic post...
[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img] '79 Suburban 4x4 454, 6" lift, 35x12.5s & '85 GMC S15 4x4