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2 questions - Removing carpet & axle truss for 10bolt 8.5

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by badmix, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. badmix

    badmix 1/2 ton status

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    Hello, I figured Id ask both questions in one post instead of clogging things up with multiple posts. lol

    1) Has anyone yanked their carpet on a Daily Driver? Im jus curious as to how much louder things are inside. Im thinking of yanking my carpet outa my '84 Blazer for a couple reasons 1: clean up would be easier 2: its seems there is a good 100-200lbs worth of carpet and insulation, weight savings can only help, esp. since I carry ton o gear inside. I would plan on LIne X or Rino line the inside. Maybe one of those DIY kits.

    Opinons, suggestions and/or comments????????


    2) Does anyone make an axle truss for the GM 10bolt 8.5. I contacted DIY4x4, they said they dont make one, but hinted that they may be able to do a custom job. Jus wondering if there is a bolt on off the shelf type deal out there.

    Thanks for looking , any and all help appreciated. :D
     
  2. SC-Texas

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    One issue that I have run into on a daily driver is the insulation that the carpet provides from the heat.
     
  3. mrmojo32

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    I pulled my capet the other day and got a Rhino Liner sprayed in the back and wrapped over to the rear floor board. I had to wait a week or so for the front molded carped to come in from LMC.

    I don't know if it was that much louder because I have had my top off, but I had to get something out of the rear seat and I knelt down where the rear passenger's feet would go. Needless to say I jumped up quick because it was so hot.

    If you really want to rhino the whole thing you might think about having custom heat shields weilded into place between the exhaust and floor. I have headders feeding flow-masters, so this may have made my case worse.
     
  4. badmix

    badmix 1/2 ton status

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    See, im running full length headers, cats and flowmasters too. If I pulled carpet, I was also thinking of jus replacing with the LMC rubber flooring. Still be easier to clean.

    When I did my heater core, I yanked pass. seat for more room and pulled the carpet back as far as possible incase I leaked antifreeze (which I didnt). But the flooring underneith looked like it did the day it was new. So I was happy about that. But it was a Texas truck. lol.

    So I dunno, this is part of why ive been waffling with the idea of removing carpet in the first place. I definently dont want the heat, the noise I may be able to tolerate. but not the heat. gets hot enuff down here, dont need any help. lol
     
  5. mrmojo32

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    I saw that mat in LMC also. I just really liked the carpet and I got it in the mail yesterday and it has padding under it and is fully formed with nice seams and a rubber section where the drivers feet go.
     
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    i plan on ditching all the carpet and doin line from the tail pan all the way up to the dash will so im curious to see if it will be louder inside cahnces are i wont using her in the winter so im not worried about heat
     
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    I may order new carpet form LMC. I am planning on turning mine into a daily driver.
     
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    Another thing good about the carpet is it also has the side panels included for the spot where the shoulder belt connects on the side. I don't know what that panel is called but I had no idea it came with it.
     
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    I pulled the carpet in mine but some of it is stuck/melted/glued to the metal. Any tips on getting it off?
     
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    I just did mine and I used a cordless drill with a wire wheel attached and all the glue came off real easy. the worst part was on the fender wells.
     
  11. badmix

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    So ya looking to get rid of it? Any pics? Ya can email me if ya wanna.

    Speedfreak908@hotmail.com :D
     
  12. Avery4jc

    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I've got the Rhino Truss/skid combo on my 8.5" 10b front axle and I like it. One problem w/ the setup like this on the front axle though is if you really (and I mean really) hit something hard they have been known to slide around (they only clamp onto your axle tubes) and have the back of the skid smash into your u joint and cause a bunch o' problems.
    If you welded it onto the axle tube in a few places I think you would be fine, I haven't but then again I won't ever see rocks....

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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I removed my pad and rubber mat from my 1987 and yes you do get more heat also and I have noticed it is louder a little bit. will be putting pad down and carpet when I fix spots.
     
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    I appreciate it. I cant view pics though, Im not yet a member. :doah: One day.lol.
     
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    Are there any proiducts that protect the tie rod? That seems very vulnerable.

    Also, what does the truss do?

    The skidplate part is obvious.
     
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    The truss jus supports the axle tubs and housing.
     
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    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Here ya' go...
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    Wow. Thanks for the pics. thats some beefy material there.
     
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    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    What did ya' expect? Aluminum Foil?

    -Avery
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Avery what you do go wash the truck! Dam it looks clean enough to eat off of......
     

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