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Power, How Much?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Hossbaby50, Sep 2, 2001.

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    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    Down the road I plan on towing a fullsize Blazer behind my Jimmy. I am looking at a 383 with 450 lb ft and 400 hp I think this will be enough, am I right, any suggestions. I have 3.73's and plan to stay with those gears. Will a built 700R-4 hold up to this power and weight? I was looking at a Raptor. Thank's
     
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    That would be plenty of power to tow with. I would recomend to tow with a Suburban though. The longer wheelbase makes it easier to tow. If you keep stock tires on it 3.73s will be fine. And lastly tow in drive. Towing in overdrive kills a tranny quickly. Even a high performance tranny. The reason is every time you go up an incline it will downshift to drive, the go back up to over drive. This wears out the drive and over drive clutches.
    I use to tow my Firebird to Speedworld about an hour and a half from my house. Thats about as far as I would tow my car. The short wheelbase of the Jimmy makes it tough to keep the trailer under control. I am looking for a Suburban now. Especially since my Jimmy is trashed now. The roll over destroyed the body.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    But now the Jimmy is a just a rockcrawler.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I plan on running 3.73 with 33's. I like the higher gears for gas economy. I plan on getting my gear reduction from the 208 or a doubler for offroading. My Jimmy is set up to run an antisway bar for trailer. My dad tows a 16 foot trailer that is pretty heavy with it no real problem. Also, if I break the Blazer on the trailer I can wheel my Jimmy better than a Sub.
     
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    I know when the trailer starts swerving the Jimmy isnt big enough to stop it. You have to go with the trailer. I have had a few close calls. My buddy has had a few close calls with his Jimmy also. He tows a 18.5 foot jet boat with a big block chevy. I also wouldnt recomend wheeling your tow vehicle, because if you break that one to you have two trucks that dont move, then your really SOL.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Wheelin your tow rig makes life interesting, plus chances are your not going to break the same part on both trucks so just swap them out, thats the great thing about Chev's everything is swapable. Plus you always care spare parts anyway. I plan on having 1 ton axles with better brakes, will this be enough to stop my Jimmy?
     
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    I personnaly would not waste my money on a Dana 60 front end for a tow vehicle. I would put one in my trail rig though.
    I would put 3/4 ton axles on it though if you want to tow. The Dana 44 front would be more than enough for towing. I would put that $1500.00 you would have spent on a Dana 60 and put more goodies on your trail rig.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I am planning to put ORD chrome molys in the 10 bolt and I haven't decided if I and going to convert it 8 lug or just run two spares, one 6 and one 8 lug.
     
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    So you are not putting 1 ton axles on it? Are you putting a 14 bolt FF in it? If thats the case the 14 bolt FF was a 3/4 ton axle also. Just put a 14 bolt FF and convert your 10 bolt to 8 lug and you will be fine.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I want a 14 bolt FF for the rear, and I'm going to get a 1 ton for the bigger brakes. The perches,etc are no big deal. The 1 ton will still fit the 15" 8 lug rim right?
     
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    The 14 bolt FF used the same brakes on the 1 ton as they did the 3/4 ton. 14 bolt FF fit 15" 8 lug rims with no problems, but to put them up front you have to grind the caliper and the backing plate to make them fit.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Thanks for the info. Grindingis no big deal. I guess I'll look for the 3/4 ton then so it'll bolt right in. Where are you in PHX? what trails do you run, and how often do you wheel?
     
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    Im at 40th street and Chandler Blvd.
    I wheel alot. I go out to Butcher Jones, Squeeze rock, and the Florenece area. I have not wheeled in about a month though. I rolled my truck 6 times at Butcher jones down a 75 foot hill. I am currently trying to fit the roof so I can put a windshield in it. It runs and drives fine though. The cause of the accidend was a brake line failure. Taks a look at the pics of what it did to my truck. Click on My vehicles, the click on Blazer pics.
    By the way, where do you live at, and when are you comming back. Let me know so we can go wheeling.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I'm on 27th ave and Camelback road. Saw the pictures, that was a nasty role. Did you have a cage? I'm coming back at Christmas. If my Jimmy is running right when I get home I'll go wheelin with you. I've been to Butcher Jones before, but never wheeled there. Right before I left I got a map of a couple of trails that were around there. I don't have anyone to wheel with though. Last time I went, my two buddies swore they would never go again in there trucks. We ran Crown King in the rain. One guy blew a tranny line at the tranny, which had been rebuilt two days earlier. the other messed up a rim,and a year later he rolled his truck four times on the freeway.
     
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    No cage, but I am putting one in as we speak. Even if you Jimmy is running right you can come along with me. I have got quite a few friends like like to got out wheeling. Most of them are jeeps, but they are built with chevy stuff. I can keep up with them though. Yea just let me know when you are in town and we will go. My Jimmy should be done by Christmas time.

    86 Jimmy 4"lift 35"MTRs Other cars 69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Sweet! thanks man. You'll here from me around Christmas time for sure. Thanks for the help and the invite.
     
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    No problem. Let me know if you need anymore help.

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    Will do. thanks again.
     
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    I was kinda hoping to do some towing w/ My Blazer... anything I can do to improve the handling? I'd be towing approx a 3000 LB car on a trailer...would really like to make the Blazer a double duty rig for a a while until I have funds for a desiel

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    I pull the Firebird on a trailer. My bird weighs 3350. The best thing to do is keep the Blazer lower to the ground. I would put a set of 31s on it to tow a car. Also make sure your sway bar is connected. Also make sure the trailer has a little more tounge weight. Move the car a couple of inches closer than where you use to put it at stock height. This will help out. If you dont it will make the trailer wonder around like crazy.

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