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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by hammermachine, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. hammermachine

    hammermachine 1/2 ton status

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    :haha: Hi, I just bought a new old ride a 1983 Blazer that I plan to turn into a serious off roader. Any Ideas as to what to start with for the build up?
     
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    4 inches of lift and 35 inch tires.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    that and a steering brace.
     
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    Really...

    I shouldn't go for the 6 inch lift?
     
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    6" and 39's. As soon as you put 35's on, you'll wish you went bigger. After that, 3/4 or 1-ton axles.
     
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    We like 'em low with as big a tire as you are willing to cut the sheet metal to make fit.

    Personally, I'd go with 2-2.5 inches and 35's...or 4 inches and 39's or 42's, but 4 inches and 35's is a good set up for beginners that won't be too hard of a modification i.e less cutting on fenders, decent clearance, looks, lower center of gravity, plus it keeps costs down over a 6 inch lift. . Plus 35's is about the limit for 10 bolts....
     
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    Good to know, thanks.
     
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    X2:waytogo:
     
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    dont even think of doing anything unless its Dana 60/14 bolt, 42 irock w/ rear shackle flip/ x over steering and hydro assist.. hehe just kidding..

    i would go with a 6" lift, do a shackle flip in the rear w/ a 2" block, then u can pick up some front used springs for about 150 on here, get the steering brace for your frame from ord, and get some 35-37" tires. My home made shackle flip, 6" front spring, and steering brace with 37" tires cost me a total of..500bucks and i can use the stock driveshafts too. ad in another 500total if you want a dana 44 front w/ 14bolt rear and you'll really be set.
     
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    X3--And with 35's you can still get away with stock gears.
     
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    So a dana 44 is that much better than a gm 10 bolt?
     
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    its basically the same thing
     
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    I don't think so, same strength and much much cheaper/easier to find parts for. Used parts that it. Dana 44's beat out the 10 bolt when it comes to availabilty of lockers/limited slips. But that's about it. Oh and if you have auto hubs, the first mod should be to get rid of them.
     
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    no real advantage over d44 but it does have 8lug so thats nice to have a 14bolt rear and same 8lugs in the front.
     
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    Ummm...10 bolts came in 3/4t trucks from 80 and up...not all d44's are 8 lugs.
     
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    what part of Jersey ya from?
     
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    :haha: Hey, I live in Orange and work up in Whaton. How about you?
     

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