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Safety?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by AREagle1, Mar 19, 2001.

  1. AREagle1

    AREagle1 Newbie

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    This may seem like a poser post but I was thinking of buying a 90 blazer, but the thing is what is the stability of these things. With no airbags or a real roll bar tied into the frame, am I taking my life into my own hands?

    plus what about generating some better gas mileage,
    -headers and open exaust with power pulleys
    for the excessorys.
    -as well as a ram air box and some manual hubs
    -anybody ever used one of those "tornadoes" that goes in the center of your air filter? or is that a gimick?

    Adam "newbie"
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Hell, your taking your life into your own hands every time you get behind the wheel!
    As for roll bars, the half cab on the '76 and newer K5's has an integral roll bar...its not as strong as a custom roll bar but still better than most cars.
    I'm not a big fan of airbags either.
    I've had two K5's now, one stock with 31" MT's on it and the Jimmy I have now (4" lift and 36" Swampers on it) I've never felt like I was going to roll it in a corner. Even my lifted Jimmy is a very stable ride.
    I would definitely rather be driving my Jimmy in an accident than some econo-box or poser SUV....

    As for gas mileage, well nobody I know buys these things for mileage....
    Of course if you want mileage and airbags with a low center of gravity you could always buy a Honda CR/V[​IMG][​IMG]

    Rene

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  3. ChevyCaGal

    ChevyCaGal 3/4 ton status

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    I got a tornado....just installed it. However my Beast is dead until I get the headers put on it. I'll let you know if it does a thing. Probably won't...but what the hey it was 15 bucks....

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  4. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    Blazers are pretty stable. If you're concerned about gas milage, then don't buy one. I'm not concerned about not having airbags. Blazers are pretty tuff and when a little car hits you, you won't feel it that much. Just look at the "What have you backed over lately" thread.

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  5. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    K5's are very stable. My brother and me were involved in a accident(lower deck on I-35) in which, my bro yanked the wheel to the right so as to avoid hitting the car in front of us dead on at 60 mph. Well, obviously yanking the wheel at 60mph caused the whole truck to slide perpendicular(sp?) to traffic(and this was going downhill!) and it did not flip or act like it was going to roll either and the only damage we suffered was a dented quarter panel, no one was hurt either. I would not run open exhaust if your going to drive it on the street, everyone in a 5 mile radius will hear you and you lose some power. Power pulleys dont give you that much more power. My friend has some on his p/u and the only thing his noticed was that his headlights are dimmer cause the pulleys slowed his alternator down. Are you asking/implying if manual hubs increase MPG, if so mine didn't but they were worth the investment greatly

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  6. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    Blazers are really safe. My neighbor had an '85 at college with him, and some lady in a Taurus cut him off, he swerved and hit the soft shoulder of the highway and flipped. he was going about 75, and he had a bruise on his knee. The seatbelt was so tight he had to use a hunting knife to cut himself out of it. He cut the seatbelt...not himself...

    90K5

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  7. Pure Insanity

    Pure Insanity 1/2 ton status

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    it aint a vette dont drive it like one and youll be alright!ive had several BIG trucks and havent rolled one. (yet)hope to not roll one its not much fun ive hung from my seatbelt before in a stock 2wd ranger.(lotta stuff happens real fast)if ya get it build slow get used to it the way it is then lift then add power and more lift get used to drivin one of these albatrosses before you get in over your head.judging by your questions id say your younger and never really been around big trucks.theyre as stable as you make it.if you like to drive like your in a vette get a vette,bottom line.the bigger you make it the bigger your responsibility.cars can dissapear in front of you/behind you and beside you.then theres stopping distance the bigger the tire the more room you need.if you decide to get it great but be responsible,so theres no more 20/20 episodes on big trucks.

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  8. CV202

    CV202 1/2 ton status

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    I've rolled a Dodge Omni and a Jeep Cherokee Ltd., but never the Blazer, and it's been on more than 1 hairy side-hill. Mines a 90 too, and they can take a hell of a hit! Just ask the 5+ people that have smashed on mine (w/ no damage to me). [​IMG]

    Why do people keep calling it a Bronco!!!!!
     
  9. Confederate9

    Confederate9 1/2 ton status

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    to be honest, i feel more safe in my 85 k5 than in my moms or dads jeep grand cherokees. altho theirs get better gasmileges. i still get better than my friends jeep grand wagoneer. hes got 12in lift w/ 39 or 40 boggers.... bad ass!!!! but 6mpg.

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  10. LittleJimmy

    LittleJimmy 1/2 ton status

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    What RusryK5 said?
     

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