Re: i got some questions
Okay, first things first. What kind of half-a**ed mechanic did you take your truck to? There's these things called replacement studs for exhaust manifolds, they've even got a little mini-press to get the old ones out. Second, the Edelbrock TES are good if you get them coated with something, plus your stock pipes will work. Hooker makes Super Comps for the 4.3 4x4 S-10s, but their full-length and also will rust out. The JBAs are THE BEST for the money(never need replacing) With your type of 'wheelin the cheapie headers won't last. As for your second question, a TrailMaster 5" lift and a 3" body you MAY be able to fit a 35 with Bushwacker cut-out fender flares. The 14.50's are TOO wide for even a lifted S-10. The ball-joints and wheel bearings won't take it. Not to mention with 35's you'll need 4.56 gears(good luck finding them for the IFS!)to have any kind of power. Oh, BTW Thornbirds suck on the steet! Shoot for a 33x12.50x15 on 15x10 wheel with 5.5" backspacing with the 5"/3" lift and you'll have a nice ride with 4.11 gears and the JBAs. Good luck with it.
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