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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-17-2003, 09:05 AM
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What year? SAE to Metric switch?

Anybody know what year Chevy went from SAE to Metric fasteners?

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Re: What year? SAE to Metric switch?

I don't think there was a definite year. Many of the trucks built in the 90's had both sizes on them i think. I know the lug pattern in 99/00 (truck/suv) went to metric, but overall about the same size, just a different way to measure it.

If you need an actual year though, wait and see who else posts....
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Re: What year? SAE to Metric switch?

Thinking about getting a K5, pre-91. Have lots of metric tools, but few SAE. Wondering If I'll have to spend mega $'s getting SAE tools for the K5.
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Re: What year? SAE to Metric switch?

I think that what tools you have should really not affect what year chevy you buy. Cost for the truck and what you want to use it for will be your determining factor on whether to go pre or post 91.

What do you want to do with it? DD, hardcore wheeling, or somewhere inbetween? Is a lift/bigger tires in your future? If so, how big?

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Re: What year? SAE to Metric switch?

Everything engine related, as well as the fasteners on the drivetrain components themselves should be standard, the rest of the truck will be a mix of both. Not sure about the late SFA K5's, but all of the late 80's and 90's trucks (IFS) I've worked on were metric just about everywhere else.
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Don't get me wrong. I won't let my tool-set influence what I buy. That'll be plain stupid. I have already decided on 1989-1990. It won't be a DD or a hard core wheeler. I want to find an untouched one and preserve it. Maybe used for volunteer community disaster response vehicle. No lifts, etc. Probably winch, dual batteries, extra lights, etc. Just needs to be super reliable. Used to have an 1979 K5 and was always sorry I sold.

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Re: What year? SAE to Metric switch?

I know the 89 or 90 Chevy's had a lot more standard fasteners than the newer ones, but i can't give you anything to back that up. The 89's didn't have any anti-lock brakes, and 90 and 91 and rear anti lock. Besides that, i think the 89-91's are pretty much the same. 91 was the last year of the old body style burb/k5. Hope this helps
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Re: What year? SAE to Metric switch?

get craftsman,

you can get a set of metric/standerd sockets, that includes deep and shallow for 100 $ and some change. that would get you started. then a set of wrenches is like 70. with sizes up 1 1/8 or a metric size equevlint, cant remember if you want metric or standerd...

whatever you do you want both.
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Re: What year? SAE to Metric switch?

My 89 Suburban is a mix of both.
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