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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by treybizttu, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. treybizttu

    treybizttu Newbie

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    Howdy,

    Thought I would post up for some input on my latest project. All of my previous trail rigs/ beaters have been some sort of Jeep Product but, I have crossed over into the fullsize crowd. I like to be able to haul the dirtbikes to the trail with me so a truck seemed like the natural choice. I plan on Daily Driving it (short commute) and hitting some trails....

    What I ended up with

    86 CUCV (actually someone posted a link to the ad on craigslist on here a while back...
    Stock with 53k.
    The Paint Sucks (Non-orig. crappy camo) but it rust free and runs great.
    Completely Stock as far as I can tell.
    It leaks a little oil around the head but other than that everything seems cherry.

    Parts I have already:
    37x13.50x17 X-Terrains (Almost new and they were cheap)
    14B Disc Brake Brackets

    In the mail:
    Corbeau Baja SS Seats
    17x8 Soft 8s



    Plans (short term):
    ORD "style" Front Bumper.. (Off a buddys K5)
    12k Winch
    ORD 4" or 2.5" Shackle Flip
    Tuff Country 2" or 3" Front Springs ( I want to stay low and stable)
    Zero Rates on the Front
    ORD Shackles
    F-250 Shock Towers .. Not sure on shocks
    Complete Disc Brake Conversion
    Install a radio...
    35 Spline Stubs
    Line-x Interior and Bed

    Plans (Eventually):
    Twin- Sticked 205
    40 or 42s
    Interior Cage
    Chromoly Shafts and CTMs
    Motor.... I have a buddy that is a wiz with 6.2s but I can't decide if it would be worth it...


    A few questions I had...

    Those with an NP208.. Will I have to modify the rear driveshaft with a lift of less than 4"?

    I want to do the cross over steering but I don't think it will be in the budget right off the bat.. Will it be tolerable with the zero rates, 3" springs (at most), and the stock steering?

    I am sure i will come up with more questions.. I appriciate any help.

    Thanks,
    Trey
     
  2. imiceman44

    imiceman44 1 ton status

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    With under 4" of lift, the rear driveshaft should be fine, the front might need some help, lengthening it would be cheap, here it costs $50.
    The Steering would also be OK, it will not be great for rock crawling but it doesn't look like you are plannig on rock crawling.:D
    I think your build makes sense, and I would keep the 6.2 it awesome off road.
     
  3. treybizttu

    treybizttu Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply...

    I have done my fair share of rockcrawling and I am sure the CUCV will some rocks.. However, I have really lust the bug to do anything extreme anymore. I just want something to do moderate trails/ some rockcrawling. And as far as steering goes. I just want to be on the cheap side for a month or two... PSC is local to me so I will use them when money permits for hydro-assist/ high steer..

    Again.. Thanks for the input.

    Trey
     
  4. treybizttu

    treybizttu Newbie

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    Well I got the 37s mounted on a set of the new body style dodge alloys.... I know it is evil but it looks good. They rub a little on the TREs so I orded a set of spacers today...


    I did have a question for you guys...

    Does anyone on here run a Can-Back or anything similar on their LB truck?

    Thanks,
    Trey
     

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