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Re: Aftermarket Torsion Bars
I'm in the same boat here (So. Kal). I've seen more ZR2's lately, but when I was looking for one earlier everyone said "they're not as popular as the full-size. Try Oregon and Utah!" What a crock of -horse puckey-.
You're right about the F*rd I-beam design. Very easy to manipulate, but they tend to suck at cornering. The only difference between what we have and what the Toyota offers is merely maybe a an inch of gusset bar between the control arms (ours is wider, I do believe). The basic concept is the SAME.
It's getting to the point where Chevy has to interfere here. If they are listening (and who knows? they might be), then hear me now and believe me later: People are not going to buy an S-10, 4x2 or 4x4, if there are no aftermarket parts for them. I realized that mistake shortly after I bought the truck. Good thing the motor is strong in its stock form, else the truck would end up back on the auction block!
There is a guy who owns a shop in Lake Forest who is supposedly interested in doing some work to make the S-10 "kit". I have never talked to the guy and don't even know his name (friend of a friend of a...). Maybe eventually I can get a loan for about $5k and then do some serious work on the truck.
Remember, S-10 folks, without your bitching and moaning about the lack of parts, people won't realize the market they are missing. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Let 'em have it!
I personally think the 7.2" (?) front end can handle the abuse. Really! The 4x4 Toyota 4 cylinder has a 7.5" diameter. At the very least, you can proably swap in the Toyota axle. And why not? Those Toy fellows steal our springs! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]...
Honestly, one of these days...
[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]- <font color=purple>J.R.</font color=purple> -[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]