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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2002, 07:32 PM
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Is a 2wheel drive s10 frame strong enough?

I have an 88 model 2wheel drive short wheelbase s10 that I put a 305 v8/ 350 turbo trans in. I have spotted a late 70 model 3/4 ton chevy that has some running gear I would like to put under the S10. I plan on using 2inch lift wrangler springs. I am conserned about whether or not the frame will hold up to off roading it. Any body have any suggesitons.
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Re: Is a 2wheel drive s10 frame strong enough?

Box the frame front to back on both frame-rails and TACK-WELD along all the crossmembers that are RIVETED in. DON'T run continuous weld seams across the frame rails, as this will make brittle, weak spots. The frame is already strong, but you don't want to take too much flex from it... a little flex keeps it from cracking.
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Re: Is a 2wheel drive s10 frame strong enough?

I agree with hammerdown, I'd to some welding. It should hold up fine by itself, depending on how serious of an off roader you are. Key word there "should" because it was made for a 2wheel drive not 4. So, if it was me I'd go with hammerdown's idea.
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Re: Is a 2wheel drive s10 frame strong enough?

Just adding...

Most 4x4 frames are built a little beefier than the 4x2 because engineers know that a 4x2 is designed for the road.

Keeping in mind that with a 4x2 you're going to be spinning your wheels more and probably have to speed your way through things, beefing up the frame is a good idea. And get some really good shocks and springs for control! A 4x4 has the advantage of being able to go slowly and has the extra pull from the front end.

A locker in the rear is always a good idea since you only really have one wheel driving the vehicle at any one point and time. Even a limited slip may not be enough if you plan on wheeling with a 4x2.

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Re: Is a 2wheel drive s10 frame strong enough?

JR Please don't think that I ould take my v8 powered s10 offroad while still a 2wheel drive. As mentioned in my post I plan on putting a 14bolt FF in the rear and the matching D44 up front.
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Re: Is a 2wheel drive s10 frame strong enough?

OK.

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I have an 88 model 2wheel drive short wheelbase s10 that I put a 305 v8/ 350 turbo trans in. I have spotted a late 70 model 3/4 ton chevy that has some running gear I would like to put under the S10. I plan on using 2inch lift wrangler springs. I am conserned about whether or not the frame will hold up to off roading it. Any body have any suggesitons.

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You only mentioned running gear from a 3/4 ton truck. I assumed you were going to keep it 4x2, not 4x4...

And besides, there are plenty of folks who do "pre-running" with 4x2 trucks. They just need us 4x4 guys to pull them out when they get stuck in the sand! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

At any rate, beefing up the 4x2 frame is always a good idea.
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