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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-07-2001, 11:31 PM
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2.5 Superlift + 5\" T-Master

I was wondering if anyone had any feedback on this arrangement. I just bought a 87 4x4 XCab 2.8 AT with 180k on the ticker. Runs great however. My feeling is that the combonation would yeild enuf for a 33" tire. I used to have a 97 Toyota Tacoma in which I had a 6" TM lift, 4" downey, and a 3" body with 42" swampers, and want to apply this same technique to the S-10. This is my 2nd S-10. My 1st was a 91 4.3 x cab 2x4. Sold it with 208,000 on it-ran like a champ.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-07-2001, 11:42 PM
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Re: 2.5 Superlift + 5\" T-Master

The 33's SHOULD fit after the 5" TM lift. If you combine the 5" sus. with a 3" body, you should be able to fit 35's. The question is will your gears and more importantly your 180K mile 2.8/auto combination handle a large tire? If you have the 4.11 factory option gears, you MAY be able to turn the 33's IF the rest of the drivetrain is up to it. I say if your 2.8 is running strong and the trans. doesn't slip, go for it. BTW 4.56 gears are available for the IFS on a supply & demand basis. They would be excellent with the 35's. I don't think it's possible to "stack" suspension lifts on an S-10 like it is on a Toy. The '97 Tacomas had coilovers up front also. I do know there are 83-93 S-10s out there with 2.8s and 35's with the TM 5" lift. Good luck.
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1989 S-10 4x4 4.3L/700R-4, 3.08s, 31" Sport Kings
1989 Blazer 4x4 4.3L/700R-4 3.42s,235 Sport Tracks
1985 S-10 4x4 Soon to have 3504BM/TH350/D44/14FF, 35" Boggers
post #3 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2001, 06:04 PM
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Re: 2.5 Superlift + 5\" T-Master

I have personnally seen these two lifts together on the same vehicle. It was running 33"s and still had quite a bit of fender trimmed off. But, that is wheel offset related. Now this truck was at thee local shop and the shop owners said it was there quite often but I don't think it was lift related. It was a 95 Jimmy. The lifts look good together. From what I could tell you would only get 1" lift in front from the superlift since TM cranks the t-bars to get an extra inch. Superlift gives you a t-bar extionsion which lifts the front and doesn't get in the way of the TM lift. The new A-arms in the superlift kit also give the option to add stronger shocks that won't fit with standard A-arms. UUUUM, 2" Add a leaf in the rear or shackles give you lift in the rear which also doesn't get in the way of TM kit. But alas I am going to try to find a SFA conversion in my budget since I am going through ball joints like a mad man. Going on my 4th set of lowers this w/end in a year.

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Re: 2.5 Superlift + 5\" T-Master

Thanks guys. I also had a 93 Toy 4x4 that I stacked a 5" superlift, 2.5 rancho a arms, and a 3" body lift with cutouts and ran 44" tsl's. Thats what gave me the idea, but I didnt know due to the torsion being on the bottom. I am sure I could do 33's with just the t-master like you said, a guy locally has a 5" with a 3" body, shackle and tbar crank with 36x14.5 SS Radials. He has 2.8, AT also, and 205k miles, so I hope mine will hold up. Thanks for the advice!

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Re: 2.5 Superlift + 5\" T-Master

Hopefully he has LOW gears, or else he bogs the motor way down. I'd try it with a 4.3/700R-4, but not with a 2.8/700R-4. I doubt if I would trust 14.50 wide tires with the IFS, unless I could buy ball-joints in bulk and wheel bearings too. Good luck.
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1989 S-10 4x4 4.3L/700R-4, 3.08s, 31" Sport Kings
1989 Blazer 4x4 4.3L/700R-4 3.42s,235 Sport Tracks
1985 S-10 4x4 Soon to have 3504BM/TH350/D44/14FF, 35" Boggers
post #6 of (permalink) Old 02-09-2001, 12:43 AM
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Re: 2.5 Superlift + 5\" T-Master

I havent spoke to him about the ball joints. He has Bushwacker cut-outs on it as well. He does have 4.56's, and lockrites F+R. Nice truck.

post #7 of (permalink) Old 02-13-2001, 08:46 PM
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Re: 2.5 Superlift + 5\" T-Master

Which ball joints are you using? I'll give you a little tip : McQuary-Norris front end parts are JUNK!!!!!! I also went through 4 sets in a year. One actually pulled out of socket when I turned in my drive, luckily I was going slow and did not destroy my rim. I've got Moog Chassis Parts in it now and has been almost a year and half.

post #8 of (permalink) Old 02-14-2001, 12:49 AM
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Re: 2.5 Superlift + 5\" T-Master

I went through 2 sets of Moog and my stock set. I was thinking of trying the trw set next. I still haven't replaced them. But I need to soon. They make a clunking noise when I put my truck in reverse.

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