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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-18-2000, 06:08 AM
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New to list, about to buy 85 Blazer, need help.

Hi all, I'm new to the list. I'm just about to buy a 85 s10 Blazer and I would like to ask a few questions.

1. What shall I look out for when looking at the vehicle? Were there any real problem spots for the 85's?

2. What are the PCD (pitch circle diameter) of the wheels? 4.5 or 5.5 inch ?

3. I want to fit 31x10.5x15 on it, would a 3" bodylift and minor suspension mod (raised shackles and adjusting the torsions) do?

4. How good is the V6 engine?

5. Generally, how easy is it to get after market bits and pieces for the vehicle?

6. What are the biggest tyres that you can fit on to the car?

Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-18-2000, 09:05 AM
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Re: New to list, about to buy 85 Blazer, need help.


My best suggestion for you would be to spend some time reading the messages posted here for more information regarding the beastie of your desire.

My personal opionion about body lifts - RUN AWAY! Body lifts are only for show on the S-trucks, and when it comes to extream off roading, you will destroy all the body metal in it. My buddy with a S-15 Jimmy ('87) destroyed his body in no time flat. His truck is no longer road worthy, the body is very close to falling off, and it shifts in corners, etc.

Suspension lift is the way to go, and a 5" lift kit installed here in Calgary is approx. $3000.

I have the 2.8l V6 in my beastie, and its doing very well (tho under powered). I am needing to replace my rear-main oil seal (its leaky) but that is a day and a half job with my tools, or a $500 job at the shop. For a $5 part, its not worth it yet.

You can find easy access to a fair bit of aftermarket goodies, but you will pay top dollar for the goodies, or you will have to make them yourself (or get a buddy to). After market bumpers are about $400 for front or back bumpers, and I can make them for $120 each easily (including paint and everything).

The wheels I checked out last night, and it is just a little smaller than the diameter of my YJ .. I think my YJ is 4.5 so my S-10 would be approx. 4.25.

Hope this helps your quest!

Vance - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1985 4x4 S-10 and 1988 Jeep YJ
post #3 of (permalink) Old 02-18-2000, 05:11 PM
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Re: New to list, about to buy 85 Blazer, need help.

come on it the waters nice, always room for someone with good taste

1. like naekid said look around the board, probs and
fixes run the gamut. Nothing too major with good
preventive maint.

2. 4.75x5 up to '91/ 5x5 for'92-'93 and I don't know for the new
bodt style.

3. 30/9.5-15's fit with no mods, If you venture offroad stay away
from BFG AT's (I am VERY unhappy with them). As far as body
lift, it's not healthy for the sheatmetal to go over 2" (and in my opinion
looks kinda silly with all that frame hangin out anyway).

4. The 60deg V6 is the most used engine in the Generals line up next to
the small block and the S10/Blazer has been one of the best selling small
trucks for the last 18-20 years, therefor, there is alot of boneyard scrounging
to be had, same goes for hard parts(sheetmetal,interior,etc...) Performance goodies
are a little on the slim side but can be had, a little creativity can go a long
way(like using s.b. full roller rockers) I would rate reliability exelent(with religous pm),
but a little anemic in a reasonably heavy truck. Also if your looking for a 2.8
get one from 87 or newer (from 87 up the general used larger mains, one
piece rear main seals and a few other design changes for the better).

5. see 4
6. see 3

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