What would YOU do? - Off-Road Forums & Discussion Groups
GM Standard IFS Trucks & SUV's All discussion of full sized IFS Trucks, SUV's to include Suburban

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2000, 10:39 AM
**DONOTDELETE**
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
What would YOU do?

I'm looking for anyone's opinion on axle and suspension set up. As most of you know, I have a 1/2 ton GMC s.b. 4x4. My truck is a daily driver and does not see to much off-road (sorry to say). My goals for it are: 4"-6" lift, 36"-38" tires, able to pull a camper,haul a load of fire wood, in other words, all around general purpose. I still want to treat my truck like a truck. Can I put a 14bolt in the rear and keep the 10bolt up front? Can the 10bolt handle the strain of the meats I plan on? What variations are there? Can I have 1 ton suspension on the rear and 1/2 ton up front? What would be my best plan of attack? WHAT WOULD YOU DO???

MIKE.S 84GMC,454
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2000, 11:43 AM
Mud in my Veins
 
AJMBLAZER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Paducah, KY
Posts: 6,656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: What would you do?

Well, I'd get all around 1 ton running gear. You could just convert the front 10 bolt to 8 lug and put in the 14 FF rear, but you said you wanted to treat it like a truck. So the first time you stomp on that 454, and try to make those 36x14's or 38.5x15's spin, you'll hear a loud BANG! as it explodes. I'd say find a good Dana 60 front and Corporate 14 FF rear, and then modify them so that the spring pads, shock housings, and anything I can't remember this morning match up with the 1/2 ton locations on your truck. That way, you can use 1/2 ton springs, and you won't have to get tricky with the shocks. I'd say go with 6" of lift because you want to fit bigger tires. Any less than that, and you would have to really hack the fenders, and any more than that and the ride starts to get bad. Try a ORD 4" shackle flip in the rear with custom 2" raised spring packs. Ride would be much better than with 6" springs. At least go with 6" springs, no blocks or add-a-leafs. Hope this helps.

1992 Blazer Sport, 350 TBI, Gibson 3" cat back, 4L60, K&N, Rancho 3" lift, 285/75R16's on 16x8 Bajas
AJMBLAZER is offline  
post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-31-2000, 09:27 AM
TEX
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: What would you do?

<font color=purple>Pretty much what I would have said, unless a little fender trimming doesn't bother you - then just 4" lift. The 60 front can probably wait (you'll need it sooner or later though), but the 14-bolt rear is almost a must. 36X12.50 Radials will be easier on your drivetrain than bias plies also.</font color=purple>

TEX

http://sites.netscape.net/gumboracing


Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Off-Road Forums & Discussion Groups forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome