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Suggestions for a K5 Virgin?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Bigbadjimmy, Mar 27, 2001.

  1. Bigbadjimmy

    Bigbadjimmy Registered Member

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    Hey all! great forums. Just wondered if you had any suggestions for my 85 Jimmy (350 Goodwrench, rebuilt 700, 3.08s, 33x12.50s, etc). I plan on using it about 80% on road and 20% off. GM SUV's kick ass!
    Later.
    A.Smith
     
  2. Blaze

    Blaze 1/2 ton status

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    Hey bud. Sounds like a nice truck you've got there. Just one suggestion - I wouldn't mention the hated term "SUV" on these boards. People here don't like the fact that their rigs are put in the same category as those oversized station wagons that the most off-roading they see is when some "soccer mom" bumps the curb at the grocery store. Just a little warning for ya! Welcome to CK5!

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    My truck beat up your SUV
     
  3. Hathaway

    Hathaway 1/2 ton status

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    Sounds like a nice truck. May wanna change the 3.08's out for something a bit higher. Other than that sounds great.

    And we don't drive SUV's, we drive TRUCKS [​IMG] I do anyway...damn soccer mom's and their suv's....

    Dan, '86 K5, 5.0L v8, NP208, TH700R4, open 10bolts front and rear, 3.43gearing, K&N filter, 31x10.50R15 Trailhandlers<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by BigBrownK5 on 03/27/01 08:06 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  4. Bigbadjimmy

    Bigbadjimmy Registered Member

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    OOPS! Sorry 'bout that! This K5 Towers above the "yuppie mobiles" anyway! I think it needs a pitman arm though, likes to grab at ridges in the road. At least its not an "Exploder" LOL!
    A.Smith

    1985 GMC "Big BAD Jimmy" 4x4, 350, 700, 33x12.50's
     
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    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    My suggestion would to be first get rid of the 3.08's.
    4.10's go nicely with 33" tires and the 700R4 tranny.

    89 K5 Silverado
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  6. Bigbadjimmy

    Bigbadjimmy Registered Member

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    Cool, thanks. I'll probably hold off on gears until I do a 3/4 ton axle upgrade along with a Detroit out back. What suggestions do you have for the front for a locker? Thanks.
    A.Smith

    1985 GMC "Big BAD Jimmy" 4x4, 350, 700, 33x12.50's
     
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    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    According to my registration tab, it IS an oversized station wagon [​IMG]......I guess I better get some fake wood to paste on the sides.....

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  8. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    [​IMG] Mine too "2dr SW" more like a Nomad on steroids...[​IMG]

    I'd start with seriously looking at what you want the truck to do. What size tires do you eventually want to have and what sort of wheeling is your particular fave. Answer these questions for yourself and base your modification list on that. Most trucks are purpose built and yours probably will be too. I bought my Jimmy with a 4" lift and 33's with 2.73 gears (I didn't realize that until after) other then that is was stock. My first real mod was a set of 3/4 ton axles with 3.73's, Dana 44 and 14 bolt FF. Included in the deal was an SM 465 and a NP 205, so as far as I was concerned my drivetrain was where it needed to be. I would do the axle swap first and look for a set with the gears you want, 4.10's are common and will give you some real options in the tire size department...look for a set of 8 lug 15" rims too, that way your tire choice isn't limited to your rim size. A little grinding on the calipers and you're good to go.

    Rene

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    Yours doesn't already have the wood paneling? Haha, J/K.

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    At least they list it as a Suburban here in NY. Then again, my dad's Celebrity Station wagon was also a "suburban."
     
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    May want to get a bigger trans pan and a tranny cooler to protect that rebuilt. Nice to have ya here. Later LittleJimmy.
     
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    Big tires tend to grab the road and jerk it around more so you have to keep that in mind. You might also check your steering stabilizer, ball joints, tie rods, any and all parts under the front end. Also if you alignment is out it'll do that also and wear out the front end faster. Good to have ya aboard!!!!

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  13. Pure Insanity

    Pure Insanity 1/2 ton status

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    theyre considered station wagons in fla too.got busted for bumper height for it.

    PURE INSANITY
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    85k5blzr 1/2 ton status

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    and just remember, if it starts leaking, hope it isn't a rear main seal, they are always fun

    85 k5 blazer with an old 305....must have more power! [​IMG]
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I know where there is a junk SW, a Pontiac of some sort, and it has the wood-grain paneling on it!!! Lets go take some off and sell it to somebody on this site!!! LOL!
     
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    that stuff comes in rolls by 3m.for anyone interested.LOL!

    PURE INSANITY
    86 blazer silverado 400 horse 350 w/vortec heads 38 x15.5 swampers (40 hawgs next)10 bolts(blah)w/4:88s coming soon,14 bolt.
     

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