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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Tall_Girl, Nov 27, 2001.

  1. Tall_Girl

    Tall_Girl Registered Member

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    Ok. I'm totally new here. I just found this site. Now I have a few questions.

    I currently drive a Jeep CJ7, wich I owned for about 4 months. Now I wanna get rid of that P.O.S. It performes next to nothing in off-roading, and it has too low power to pull my new wakeboard boat (heavy on the water ramps, makes the Jeep bounce on its suspention). Also, the thing is too small for me. I don't have any comfort in it, and I do make long drives.

    Now I've looked at many different cars. Now I'm thinking about either en RamCharger, a Bronco, A Blazer or an old stype full size jeep. Can some of you honestly tell me if the Blazer is a good choise for my needs?

    Greetings,
    Lana

    Tall Dutch girl about to upgrade her Jeep CJ7 to a full-size.
     
  2. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    Yes it is. Hands down its the best all round vehicle made.
    Little shitty on the gas milage due to the size but if you get one in good running condition 15-17 mpg is not hard to get.

    Looks like you and WAKEBOARDK5 have something in common.
    Welcome aboard. Hope you find everythign your looking for here.

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  3. shaggyk5

    shaggyk5 1/2 ton status

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    hey. Welcome to the greatest site on the net.

    All three vehicles would be good to pull the boat.

    Offroad, the bronco is lacking because of the TTB front suspension, it doesnt have a solid axle like the dodge and chevy. (unless you can find a 78/79) The dodge is set up similar to the chevy, but they are Bigger, longer and heavier. This generally equates to less trail performance. The chevy is a good choice because it is smaller than the dodge, has a better suspension setup that the ford, has parts that are upgradeable for very little $$, and has great choices for engine aftermarket. Look for one with a 350 engine. They came with three auto matics over the years, the one with overdrive is a little weaker, but will perform well if you keep it cool. stock axles are weak once you start to add oversize tires and such, but will do okay to start with. WATCH OUT FOR RUST!! this is the worst enemy of the blazer, if you have a really rusty one, it gets real expensive to fix. better off looking for another truck most times than fixing a rusty one. Good luck, i hope you chose the blazer, and hope to see you on this site after you do.[​IMG]

    -matt
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  4. coolhandluke

    coolhandluke 1/2 ton status

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    well, you aren't exactly getting unbiased info here, but yes, I do think a K5 would suit your needs well. The great things about them are they are easily upgradeable, tons of cheap parts, and pretty reliable (until you start flogging them) as a side note, they have tons of leg and head room, my wife is 6"1' and can fit/stretch her legs no problem

    83 k5 originally diesel, now 350, 700-R4 12 bolt rear, 33x12.50 BFG Trails (yuck), desperately seeking a lift
    sometimes nothing is a real cool hand
     
  5. k5texan

    k5texan 1/2 ton status

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    im 6'6'' so that is one reason i got a blazer. there is enough legroom and plenty of headroom.
    jared
     
  6. Innerpiece

    Innerpiece 1/2 ton status

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    One thing to watch for ... The blazer has a relatively short wheel base. I drag around a 6000 lb boat all the time but I have run into some issues of the boat driving the rig around. If you want something purely for towing, I'd get an old, long wheel base truck (and then get a blazer for playing)
     
  7. Grim-Reaper

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    Welcome to CK5. Blazer. Nicest and best economy would be 88-91. The rear axles on any built after 81 are weak but other than that pretty good.
    80 ond older only have 3 speed autos (unless you get a manual) and worse on gas but stronger rear axle) Personnaly I would look for the newer one to get the FI and if the axle gives it up then get a 12 bolt or a 6 lug 14.
    Don't we have another person up in your area but I can't remember his user name.

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  8. Tall_Girl

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    Wow guys, this is the place I guess. I posted similar messages on Bronco, RamCharger and Jeep sites, but all they came up with were short 2 liners about how the others suck.

    My boat is about 3500lbs, so no way near the 6000 of Innerpeice. Can it handle 3500lbs (plus a little for the trailer)? For those who are interested, the boat is a Calabria Cal-Air Pro-V.

    And k5texan, great to hear you are 6’6”tall! If you did nothing to the seats at all I know I will have no problem with my 6’5”(yes I can convert cm to feet and inches, I really am 6’5”).

    So I guess I’m looking for an 88&amp;up K5, that will probably have the overdrive transmission and a weak axle. But can’t I just put a different axle in there is one breaks?

    And rust, oh well, I always looked out for that. I hate rust.

    I think I will go for a K5, they are the best looking to me anyway.

    And thank you all for reacting so fast, so honest and informative. I think you will see me more here.

    Lana,



    Tall Dutch girl about to upgrade her Jeep CJ7 to a full-size.
     
  9. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    Damn! 6'5"! Wow! You ate all your veggies when you were growing up! [​IMG]

    The axles are real easy to swap out. a 10bolt will prolly be okay pulling your boat. Where you get into trouble with 10 bolts is when you start offroading moderate to heavy stuff.
    My K5 has towed more weight than that just fine. If you go with a lift, you'll want one that is stiffer than an easy ride. I've got a Rough Country lift. It's got good flex and the springs are good for towing. With the FI blazers you'll prolly get an OD tranny. First thing before you start towing, you'll need to put a tranny cooler on it. Also, if you get an FI blazer, it will most likely have auto locking hubs on it. You might think about swaping those for manuals [​IMG]

    Don't hit me, Mr. Moderator... I'll go back on topic... I swear![​IMG]

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  10. Ddragggon

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    for towing, you might want to consider a Suburban.... they come with a heavier suspension then the blazer, and are basicaly the same, except that they're longer, and have more doors to them. I love my suburbans, ( as anyone on this site could vouch) and although I'm a mere 6'3", I fitt well in the seats. axleswaps on a chevy are simple, as are motor, tranny, and T-case swaps.

    at anyrate, welcome to the board, and I just had to put in my 2 cents on the suburbans... :-)

    -Rich

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  11. muddin4fun

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    You can't take the top off though...[​IMG]

    Don't hit me, Mr. Moderator... I'll go back on topic... I swear![​IMG]

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    Wow, a woman I can look up to[​IMG] - OK, seriously, after the bad joke, the Blazer is about the best balanced package out there - excellent performer, in the perfect "middle of the road" size.

    ......And knowing is half the battle
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  13. tRustyK5

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    As far as I know there are two CK5er in Holland...River and Sammy. I haven't seen either one of em post for a while though.

    Rene

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    I used to tow a 20' car hauler and just about anything you could put on it with my K5. The parts interchangability is un believable if you want to do any modifications. All the technical information you could possibly want is right here.

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    Welcome to the board. Blazers really are great vehicles to drive and work on.

    Anyway, everyone else has given you plenty of good advice, but the number one reason to by a K5 is because we don't currently have any 6'5" Dutch girls named Lana on CK5! ;-)

    Good luck in your search.

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    Welome to the boards! K5 is probably your best bet... Like someone else said, your stock axle will do you fine if you don't go nuts with bigger tires, etc... I'd go with an '88-'91, too (fuel injected).

    One of the best things about K5's is thier sheer beatability and modificatability (inspired by dubya). Stock replacement parts are generally cheap and easy to acquire, too (in America, I dunno about where you are, but I'd guess more so than the yearly model-changing trucks like the ford and dodge).



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  18. delta9blazer

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    and here's the ubiquitous 2-liners...

    fords suck! don't buy one.
    dodges suck! don't buy one.
    jeeps suck! don't ...... oh wait, you already know that, don't you?

    don't let the axle talk scare ya. there are as many people with 150,000 miles or more on their 10bolts (it is the weakest link. goodbye.) as there are that have blown them up. i've got an '89 with 170,000 and counting, but i do keep my fingers crossed on the steering wheel occasionally!

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  19. DuneRunner

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    Kind OF? what do you mean....[​IMG][​IMG]
    I'm on it all day at work. I check it about every hour.

    Welcome Tall Girl[​IMG]

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  20. thatK30guy

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    Correction: look for '87 up to '91 for the fuel injection models. '87 was the first year. [​IMG]

    I find that my '84 has plenty of leg room too, considering I'm 6'2" and my '85 K30 has less leg room than the Blazer since the '85 is a regular cab truck. [​IMG] The Blazer is more comfy to drive around in. [​IMG]

    The only thing I have to say about your height compared to mine, is damn, I hate it when a woman is bigger than me!!! [​IMG] Just kidding! [​IMG]

    Welcome to the site and good luck!! You are gonna have fun!! [​IMG]


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