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Blazer going on a diet.....some initial weights

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 6.2Blazer, Jun 21, 2001.

  1. 6.2Blazer

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    I know this topic is a little old, but just thought I'd share the weights of my Blazer and the top. I'm trying to get rid as of much weight as possible without doing anything radical and thought I'd keep track of what everything weighed.

    The basics of the truck are as follows:
    '90 K5 Silverado with all the factory doo-dads (air, cruise, power, etc..), 6.2 diesel, 700r4, rear 14 FF, front 8-lug 10-bolt, 15x10 steel wheels and 35x12.50 tires.
    The weights include all of the normal trail stuff I carry including tools, spare parts, extra fluids, hi-lift, fullsize spare, etc.

    Initial weight - includes top and full tank of fuel, but no driver or passengers:
    front - 2,880
    rear - 3,010
    total - 5,910
    I always knew Blazers were better balanced than pickups, but I didn't expect the rear to actually be heavier. I would also assume this particular vehicle would be on the heavier side when it comes to stock vehicles because of the diesel and all of the options.

    Remove top - on my '90 the topper has provisions for the rear seat shoulder belts to be bolted to it which adds some weight, plus it has the sliding side window.
    front - 2,900
    rear - 2,800
    total - 5,710
    As you can see, the top should weigh right at 200 lbs. for this particular model.

    The next step will be removing the rear seat (which was taken out last night, I'm estimating about 50-75 lbs.), replacing the rear tailgate with a pickup tailgate net, and losing the doors.
     
  2. jarheadk5

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    Hey, cool idea! Keep us posted; years and models may vary, but this gives us all a ballpark estimate on vehicle weight and what weighs what.

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  3. pcorssmit

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    What is your GVW? My '83's is 6100 lbs, equiped similarly to yours, -power front windows and sliding rear windows.

    Pete

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  4. Stephen

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    Man these things are oinkers! I've yet to remove the doors, I've gutted the tailgate of the window mechanism, it has not heater or AC and it's 6600#. I'm curious about the doors, I know they're heavy, and the tailgate shell has some weight to it also. Past that, I can lose the top and start buying 'glass for the front end. I'd be ecstatic to get it below 6K with no people in it, but I doubt that will happen. It just seems hard to put a K5 on the trail under 6K lbs.

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  5. Grim-Reaper

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    You don't think that 150ft of DOM, 39 inch tires, 600lb 14 and 700lb 60 might have a little to do with the wieght do you?
    hehehe. I'm surprised yours isn't heavier.
    My 79 with trail gear and camping gear and my fat butt was 6200. 6600 lb as built as your truck is sounds not to bad.
    I have as yet to weigh my 75. Maybe I can do that Sunday.....I'm almost scared to know. I'm the leader of the over kill club...Front bumper is about 200lb alone. My replacement gate is about 200lb too.
    I hear those Bummer kits shed about 2,000lb.

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  6. DaveDave

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    a complete front dana 60 is ONLY 514lb.
     
  7. BIGRIG

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    Have you actaully pulled off a door full w/windows etc...
    Those sunb!tches are heavy! Theyve got to wait a minute...ok just weighed one and it comes in at around 75lbs. without speakers and power stuff(manual locks and window) My god theres 150lbs alone.

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    I weighed mine before I bought a trailer, 5700 lbs. w/the hardtop & Swampers, no gas, people, rear seat, or gear of any kind. Stephen, I think your problem is the doubler. If you are really serious about saving weight, I would trade you my 208; I'll even throw in the short shaft parts. I understand that big blocks are pretty heavy too. :D

    Pete

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  9. 6.2Blazer

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    Keeping it under 6K with no people in it is also kind of my goal. I'm hoping to drop it down to around 5500 lbs. as it is currently set up, basically get rid of all of the non-essential items. After that I'm sure the weight will jump back up when the winch and custom front and rear bumpers go on.

    I'm hoping to find out what the weight is when an S-10 type body is bolted onto the fullsize frame. We now have two guys in our club with this setup, one is an '71 Blazer chassis with an S-10 Blazer body (44/12 bolt, 350, 4 speed), and the other is a 3/4 ton pickup which was shortened and has an S-10 extended cab body with no bed (14/Dana 60, 454, th400 auto).
     
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    6600#'s? Don't worry, be happy. Local guy with a big F@rd Bronco, 460, 4spd, NP205, D60 front (coil), D70 rear, 38" SX's on 16.5's, weighed his. Some 7800#. Not a typo, 7800. And he doesn't have much of an interior either.

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    I like this post! Somebody needs to take each panel off of their K5 and weigh it.[​IMG]
    Stephen if your worried about weight you should swap out that pig doubler for an Atlas II. While your at it maybe you could whittle down that 50 lbs of shifters you have on the floor. [​IMG]
    Just kidding, that is one nicely built truck and congradulations on your success at TTC.
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    I like this post! Somebody needs to take each panel off of their K5 and weigh it.[​IMG]
    Stephen if you're worried about weight you should swap out that pig doubler for an Atlas II. While your at it maybe you could whittle down that 50 lbs of shifters you have on the floor. [​IMG]
    Just kidding, that is one nicely built truck and congradulations on your success at TTC.
    CB

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    dana 60 14 bolt 400 small block, turbo 350, np203
    38.5 sxs 15x10 mrts
    4000 pounds
    thats not a typo someone beat that
    bahahah

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    4000#? Now that's impressive, very impressive! Is it roadworthy? Kinda doubt it. Geby Wager, with the Gama Goat CJ that won the tough truck challenge a few years ago is obsessed with minimizing weight on his truck, so he can keep on top of the snow but keep it streetable. It's still a 512ci Caddy ('cause it's the lightest big block without going aluminum - $$$$), T-19, NP205, air suspension, 44" Boggers (for that extra inch of width for floatation), and he's gone the extra effort to trim weight in _every_ respect without losing strength that he thinks he can - custom frame, no radio, etc. He weighs in at about 5000#.

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    estimated via bathroom scale

    new L/R factory fender for K5 - 65 lbs
    factory rear seat - 75 lbs
    Factory front bumper w/brackets - 45 lbs
    Smitty built roll cage - 115 lbs
    L/F fender (including wasp nest) - 30 lbs

    - Does anyone know how to get a highly p!ssed off wasp nest out of my garage?

    O.K. I got rid of the wasps (smoked out)

    Ramsey winch - 105 lbs
    Core suport - 50 lbs
    Th350 auto trans (less converter) - 125 lbs
    Torque converter - 35 lbs
    Cast cyl heads - 50 lbs<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Twiztid on 06/21/01 10:42 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
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    Full of fuel (31 gals) with me sitting in it, truck weighs 5980-6030 including 200lbs. of tools & spare parts. Fiberglass hood helps as well as no back seat.

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    After that little battle with the wasps, I weighed the rest of my junk I had laying around. Anyone know how much a 203 or 205 weigh? I've heard the 203 is around 200 + lbs. Or better yet, how much does a doubler weigh in at?

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    These are approximate, but should be close
    NP203 complete is about 175#
    NP205 complete is about 130#
    NP203 with Doubler kit installed is about 105#

    Complete Doubler is (130 + 105) about 235#

    As for some of these other jabs, there's only 125-ish feet of tubing, 2x.120 that is......And probably only 40 or 60 of other smaller stuff. If you don't count the link arms, which are pretty beefy. The lower arms are 3/8" wall thickness in the middle. oink And of course the extra beefy Tera 60 front center section didn't help, or the 3 1/8" x .500 wall DOM tube for the tubes.

    I know the shifters may be a little excess, but the 5/8" cold rolled is proven and I didn't want to mess with tubing for them. And I have to shift it all somehow!

    I think the high lift, pull pal, power tank, cable comealong, recovery straps, snatch block, etc, and the spare 42 on steel wheel may have something to do with it.
    But I usually have all the stuff I need to get me and every one else out.

    oink

    Yeah, the 383 would probably continue to push it around OK, but knowing we were going to TTC this year, and what a throttle fest that is pretty much put us over the edge on the motor. I used headers and an aluminum intake (in a whiney voice, like that's going to turn the rest of the iron into something lighter)

    Really, I got to the point that I decided that it's an oinker no matter what I do, so I might as well build it to where it will hold together. Anything I take off from here will only help. It was probably 5900 before I did the last go-round, so we didn't do too well, but it's all pretty beefy. NOT BREAKING was the priority.
    Later guys

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