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Suburban Build - '87, 1 Tons, 18.5x44's - NEW TOY UPDATE!

Discussion in '1936-Present Suburban' started by JB7YO, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. JB7YO

    JB7YO Registered Member

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    HERE WE GO...bought a little over a year ago - drove it, wheeled it, gassed it and put 35' BFG muds on it and replaced all carpet with rubber mat - nothing else. came with c-iron bumpers and roof rack from previous owner.

    specs: 1987 K-20 4x4 with corporate 10 bolt front - 14 bolt semi-floater rear, 4:11 stock gears - 16.5x7 steel factory wheels & hubcaps - 350 TBI motor(runs great - 70mph all day long with trailer) - power windows, power rear window, full tow pack, 350 or 400 auto(not sure - trannys are not my thing) and 208 transfer case w/ slip-yoke. presently has 2" front springs and 3" blocks on rear from previous owner. 200,000 plus miles.

    this is my second Suburban on 44's - had a '75/4speed/10" susp when I was younger...
    Build plan includes

    10" SUSPENSION LIFT (6"REARS W/ ECHOBIT STYLE SHACKLE FLIP & 10" FRONTS)
    ALREADY HAVE A 14BOLT FULL FLOATER AND ADDING A LINCOLN LOCK FOR REAR
    LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL CLOSE TO HOME FOR A D-60 FRONT 4:11 OR 4:56 - RUN MOSTLY MUD SO MAY STAY W/ 4:11 - THAT'S WHAT I HAD BEFORE AND WORKED WELL.
    1" ALUMINUM PUCK BODY-LIFT
    18.5X44 GROUND HAWGS & 16.5X14 WHEELS (GOT A DEAL - OR IT WOULD BE BOGGERS)
    EXTREME FENDER MODS FOR PLENTY OF TIRE ROOM ON TRAIL
    NEW FRONT BUMPER W/ 12,000 WINCH OR MAYBE 15,000 ($$??)
    NEW REAR BUMPER WITH TIRE CARRIER FOR SPARE 44" AND INSET 12,000 WINCH
    FULL CAGE AND NEW DASH & GAUGES, SWITCHES, ETC.
    MODIFIED OR REMOVED ROOF RACK
    OFF-ROAD LIGHTS, TOOL BOXES, STORAGE, NEW SEATING FOR 5 AND NEW HARNESSES
    AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.... STAY TUNED....

    Pre-game pics...

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  2. dleroy43

    dleroy43 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    looks like a fun build.
    I dont think the gears and axles will work too well with 44s though.
    Keep us posted though
     
  3. JB7YO

    JB7YO Registered Member

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    Should have added - just aquired 14bolt FF to replace semi floater and searching for a good deal D60 for front. I'll fix in first post.
     
  4. desertrat67

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    i am close to dothan, and have a friend that might be interested in the 14sf if you want to sell it. pm me
     
  5. JB7YO

    JB7YO Registered Member

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    95 SUB 2500 RECOVERY/TOW Rig - 1995 Sub 2500 - Parts Coming Together - And One Last Trail Ride Before We Start Up The Sawzall & Welder...

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  6. JB7YO

    JB7YO Registered Member

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    So.... Don't Think This Has Been Done Before - But If It Has, I'd Love To See It! Military Hummer H1 Front Clip Grafted/mated To Chevy Suburban...comments? Hooked Up A Deal On 2 Hummer Front Clips For $50 Bucks - Got A Perfect One And Then One To Experiment On While I Fit It To The Front. I Think It Should Turn Out Pretty Killer.

    I'll have to narrow it a bit and make some careful mods but when it's done it will be bolted to the original hood and still open upwards. Part of the original fenders will still be attached so the hood hinges will have something to bolt to. I was doing major surgery to the sheet metal anyway so I thought this might be a cooler way to go.

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    Also scored some 2 1/2 ton bumpers - Fabbing them for the build - gives new meaning to HD

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  8. JB7YO

    JB7YO Registered Member

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    And with bumpers come tow points... the small hooks are 3/4 ton chevys for reference...the big straight hooks came off an International tractor trailer wrecker and the big curved one came off an Osh Kosh military hauler - i got 2 pairs each of both the big sets of hooks - bought 'em all for $40 bucks when I got the Hummer front clips - too good a deal to pass up. The big yellow winch hook is a 12 ton crane hook.

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  9. Clod_King

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    so are you going to chop the tops of the fenders off to fit the clip? or are you going to chop the clip down to the hood size??

    how heavy are those bumpers man?? hahaha. That thing will look totally bad *ss when you put it all together.
     
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    actually going to replace most all the existing front clip with the H1 piece - just going to have to narrow the H1 clip a bit in the middle and join back together - it's about 8" too wide. haven't figured it all out yet but am pretty close - that's why i got 2 clips - one to play with until it's right then a perfect one to modify once.
     
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    Sorry, this has been done by FrankP on Offroad.com. He called it the FrankVee.
     
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    I tried to find some pics of it, but those posts were from 4 or 5 years ago and have all been lost. I think he actually used fiberglass and fabbed a lookalike to fit on the front but it was pretty close when he was done.
     
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    I Want An Update!!!
     
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    update coming Sunday nite - working on it all day Sunday...!
     
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    Love the Idea! Keep us posted
     
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    time is my enemy...i can't get enough to work on my truck! Anyway - since I'm going to 44's I needed some taller Heavy-duty jackstands - so 1 pair of 8 tons and 1 pair of 12 tons welded and fabbed to 4 Mack dump truck wheels(free at the junk yard)

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    I went and bought a pair of stands that went to 23 1/2 or so inches and they missed the bottom of my frame by an inch with it sittting on the ground. Took the tires off, lowered it onto the stands, and the axle dropped so much I couldn't get the jack out from under the axle. I like that welded to the rim idea.
     
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    Man, I like the rim idea as well. But an update??? hahaha.
     
  19. Uncle Fester

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    I like the idea of modifying Hummer parts to fit a suburban, but something a little differant , have you ever seen the TREMOR MUV ? Check out the site below....a Hummer copy mounted on a suburban chassis

    http://www.tremormuv.com/

    By the way, I love the jack stand idea...I was kind of thinking of something on the same lines, but couldn't figure out what rims to use that would be cheap to buy for the project....thanks for answering that queston!
     
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    If your plannin on gettin rid of the roof rack, let me know! I need a bigger one real bad! Thanx, Ross
     

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