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stock jimmy's=bad ground clearence!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 84gmcjimmy, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    I was bored today so I went wheeling in my backyard.
    The pictures explain most of it, but I crawled through my garden and got hung up on my driveshaft/transfer case when coming off a ledge. After a while I got out with the hi-lift...
    Only carnage that I could see was a couple small gouges in the driveshaft from a rock:o When I got out I hit either my bumper, hitch, or gastank coming off. Looked underneath and couldn't see any dents.
    I drove it around a little after that and nothing sounded weird... so I think it's okay.
    BUT what I learned is... Stock Jimmy's (and blazers) have bad ground clearence!

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  2. darkshadow

    darkshadow 1 ton status

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    lol nice.

    get more speed next time and you will just bounce over.:thumb:
     
  3. 84gmcjimmy

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    or rip off my transfercase crossmember:yikes:
    If I went faster I would have gotten whiplash going over the ledge:grin:
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    The parts trail off of the ledge would make a cool pic.:haha:
     
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    whats that "stuff" around your fenders.......... :D
     
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    boggerless 1 ton status Premium Member

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    all stock trucks suck. big tires. yea yea that's the ticket.
     
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    I will second that, got mine stuck in a hole the other day. Didnt look to be more then a creek but when the tires went under and I bottomed out, there were some problems. Took about a half hour to get er done but I drove away so its all good.
     
  8. joez

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    Im convinced that GM hung the t-case crossmember so low on purpose to be used as a grader on hilltops. That thing is a joke.
     
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    Yeah... bigger tires, even when I put 31's on it helped
     
  10. 84gmcjimmy

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    One day I hope to have 37's on her, so hopefully that will help!!
     
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    You have 2 K5's????

    I thought you took your K5 all apart??--did you get another one??:confused: --in your last post,you were moving the engine and frame inside!--now your wheeling in the backyard??:confused: :crazy: ?..
     
  12. Russell

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    lol, I was playing with my stock 2wd 3/4 ton GMC truck (14 bolt rear, 32" tires, 3.73s), and got hung up by my gas tank on a railway tie, LOL

    I didn't have to get towed, but my friends certainly found it funny :P Just to add salt to the wound, my buddy came with his little stock Tracker, and just drove right up and over it :p

    Oh well, I'll have to show em when I get finished with the ol' GMC :p: (4x4, 350 horse 355, 4.10 gears, 3/4 ton running gear :D)
     
  13. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Seeing as your truck has a 208, you'd think that you'd understand why they did that. :)
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Could have been all the weight of that snow holding you down a few inches! That and all the Turkey and pud!!:grin:
     
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    LOL sorry for confusing you... I have an 84 white JIMMY I got quite a few years ago for $2100, then I got a red/white 84 BLAZER a year or 2 ago for 500 bucks. It's the red/white one I am tearing apart.
     
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    Oh--twice as much fun!

    Didnt know you had two!--but then,doesnt EVERYONE on here have at least two trucks:confused: :laugh: --

    So I guess you are addicted too!--are you going to join "Blazerholics Anonomus"!
    I'm in the "Pickupaholics Anonomus"club right now,having three pickups-:haha: :haha: :screwy: -I've been keeping an open eye for another K5 though--they are much easier to plow smaller driveways with,the short wheelbase makes for a much easier turning radius,and you can actually carry another person or two,and more than one sack of groceries in it....I miss my 72 K5 the most out of all the ones I had...:crazy:
     
  17. 84gmcjimmy

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    LOL what can I say... at the factory they must have injected the parts with nicotine... that's why we're all addicted:grin:
    I wouldn't have any otther truck...GM and Chevy are the best!
    I eventually want a dually for towing and hauling stuff, and some other trucks for camping and all that:)
     
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    Originally Posted by joez
    Im convinced that GM hung the t-case crossmember so low on purpose to be used as a grader on hilltops. That thing is a joke.



    what to you mean by that? what does having a 208 have to do w/ a low hanging TC crossmember?
     
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    a stock k5 will handle 32"ers no prob :waytogo: that and with better driver judgement on the driveline to take... :haha: j/k :grin: but the stock suspension/tire on any heavy chevy doesnt leave you with a lot of ground clearance. although... :thinking: :thinking: i think i could stuff a set of 9x34x16's under my "stock" crew dually.... the front is "stock" 3/4 d44 (used to be c30:haha:) it currently has 32" tires all the way around :grin:
     
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    im in the Chevyholics club- Got 3. This 89 c1500 seems to get way better gas mileage than my k5 ! Maybe its cause its stock and 2wd! :) I have to get some gas to do the mileage calculation.

    My k5 did not too bad with a set of 33x12.5" MT's without any lift. Occassionally it did hit the t-case, but mostly it was just hitting the trailer hitch!
     

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