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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2000, 10:39 AM
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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???

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2000, 11:43 AM
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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.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-31-2000, 09:27 AM
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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>



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