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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by solowookie, Jun 5, 2001.

  1. solowookie

    solowookie 1/2 ton status

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    OK, I got a questions from somebody asked about pre-runners. Now, I know what a prerunner is, but not nearly well enough to describe it. If somebody had some pics that would be great too! [​IMG]

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  2. Jason73K5

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    A pre-runner is nothing more than any type of vehicle that is used for running a desert race course before the actual race to get a feel for the course without beating up your race vehicle. There is nothing specific that makes a cehicle a pre-runner, you can do it in a VW bug if you want. Check out http://www.race-dezert.com/index1.html or http://www.score-international.com/ for more info and possibly pictures.
     
  3. Cmoe

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    Are you talking about Pre-runner trucks or bumpers.....Here's some pic's of my bumpers....take a look at my web page
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://home.earthlink.net/~craigmoe/wsnD477.html>http://home.earthlink.net/~craigmoe/wsnD477.html</A>


    C'moe

    <font color=black>the blazer is "Back in Black"<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by C'moe on 06/05/01 00:06 AM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  4. Pugsley

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    Most prerunners are 2 wd pickups with big travel suspensions and smallish motors. I'm in the process of building one out of a 77 C10, using a 6" suspension kit and a 292 inline 6. Soon as it gets to looking like something other than a cab on a frame, I'll post pics.

    I'm so poor I can't even pay attention [​IMG]
     
  5. solowookie

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    hey thanks for the info everybody...

    now Pugsley I feel a lot better about the explanation I gave after your post. I still didn't have enough detail to answer all the questions.

    [​IMG] <font color=blue> Jeff </font color=blue> [​IMG]
     
  6. Pugsley

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    What kind of details do you need? I've got details!

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  7. nyyef

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    hey pugsley, i have a spare k5 in my driveway and i want to build so that i could take a beating driving through the desert, i need any info available. the idea is to have it done as cheap as possible, using junkyard parts as much as possible.

    Knife.
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  8. Bowtied

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    Hey C'moe,
    I checked out your site. Nice Blazer.
    I was wondering where you picked up that front bumper, and if you don't mind me asking, how much did it set you back?
    It's pretty buff looking and looks like it'll hold plenty of candle power!

    Bowtied
     
  9. solowookie

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    hopefully this shy individual will come out of the wood works... away on bus. right now though I think.

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  10. Pugsley

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    Not a prob - 2 or 4 wheel drive?

    I'm so poor I can't even pay attention [​IMG]
     
  11. solowookie

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    I think it had to do w/ the post about prerunner bumers... LOL I just got a PM and everything is understood much better! lol [​IMG]

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  12. Pugsley

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    OK - I got ya. There's a few pics of mine on my incompleted website <A target="_blank" HREF=http://pugsley.coloradok5.com>http://pugsley.coloradok5.com</A>

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    hey Pugsley

    that is the exact bumber i want ! Just got to figure out how i could integrate a winch in there! Where did you get it? Did you fab it yourself? later
     
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    If you want a little info on building a straight axle rig for the dez, chew on this for awhile; this was a reply to me on the race-dezert board when I asked for advice about my Blazer:
    Shocks are the key with leaf springs. Straight axle front ends can be Really good and extreemly reliable. You should contat Jeff Crosby at DEAVER SPRING (714) 542-3703. Let him know what you want to do and he can set you up with a nice set of springs. Shocks will be the key to the ride. So meny people are hung up on wheel travel... More is better?? This is not always the case... Dont think MORE... Think perfect... Perfect spring Rate.. Perfect shock Valving... Most of the little 7s trucks racing right now have under 12" of wheel travel yet they can still take a 3ft whoop at a good clip of speed. SHOCKS Are the key... Get a good set of shocks Like Sway-a-ways.. By-pass is better. If you get 12" of travel out of the front and 18" or so out of the rear with a good set of shocks you will have a great runner there... If you Plan on Launching the thing I would suggest Beefing up the front axle as well. Good luck... If you need anything else give us a call..(714) 632-3033 We have done a bunch of Straight axle racing :) Good Luck




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    hey thats for the info... so that looks like it's gonna be a fun toy!

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    It was custom fabbed by a local welder - It would probably be pretty easy to fab in a winch mount where the skidplate is - there's alot of room back there, and it's surrounded by a big "U" of tubing.

    I'm so poor I can't even pay attention [​IMG]
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    yea I'm been looking at SEC's and thinking I might have something fab's up. I think the tubing would be a LOT lighter.

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    Very true - Rod Hall kicked A$$ for years running a straight axle Dodge.

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    pugsley, my "spare" k5 is 4wd, it is completely stock. but i would like info on both 2wd and 4wd if possible. i dont have hardcore dez runningor racing in mind. just something that will withstand an above average beating in the desert and sand dunes. it will be more of a truck to have fun and experiment in. any info will be greatly appreciated.

    Knife.
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    For a 4WD, your first order of business should be the suspension - you want fairly soft springs - If you are lifting go with Superlift SuperRide, or better yet, Deaver custom springs. If you are going stock height, then your first order is shocks. Go with Bilstein, SwayAway, or Doetsch Tech, and you'll be in business. Shocks are the key to a good desert runner. Right now I've got RS5000 Ranchos and they suck, far too stiff valving. For a 2wd, you'll need enough lift to clear 31's, preferably 33's. Fabtech Motorsports makes a good kit, not race quality, but effective. One big thing to do is keep your tire width and rim width within 2". 33X10.50's are great for the desert, with 33X12.50's coming in a close second. That really covers the basics - A tube bumper with a skidplate helps alot with unforseen ruts, and a good set of offroad lights will help out. You can keep going forever - my next order of business is to fab an engine compartment cage with extended shock brackets. Just have fun with it!

    I'm so poor I can't even pay attention [​IMG]
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