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What will be the next garage trend?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sled_dog, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    I can remember when every other post was about Boatsiding.... haven't see one about that in a long time. Then every other was about narrowing(I fell into this one and destroyed a good K5 doing it). See one of these once in a while nowadays. Then it was(still is) 52" front spring swap. So what will be the next fad of the garage?
     
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    broncos?
     
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    33's and 4" lifts (will they fit without fender trimming)
     
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    Formula K5 bolt on buggy bodies?! :thinking:
     
  5. BIG*RED

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    turning your boatsided, narrowed, truggy, with 33's and a 4 inch lift, and 52 inch front springs....back to stock,factory,orginal....
     
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    32's !!! they fit without lifting :P
     
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    When you say narrowing you mean tapering the front (and rear) right?

    I think the next big thing will be actually narrowing the entire tub...as in cutting 6+ inches out of the middle of the tub and welding it back together.
     
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    Carbon Fiber monocoque K5 chassis with titantium link suspensions....


    I'm SO there! :thumb:
     
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    63" spring for the rear? :grin:
     
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    meh, I ain't ever going back. :)

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    I'd actually really like to do that.
     
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    How to sawp my drivetrain under a rice racer civic?
     
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    I was going to do this... but it makes the tunnel too narrow for the bellhousing so you'd have to run a body lift.

    I actually did do it with one of my scrap truck cabs (cut 7" out of the middle with the torch) and it was kind of neat looking but not very practical. Insane amounts of work into it to make it strong again. The windshield is an easy problem to get around, just run a two piece windshield.


    It's kind of like tapering (dropping the front of the hood)... nobody really does it because it's so much work.
     
  14. k5freak44

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    anti axle wrap was pretty big like 2 weeks ago.

    how about..........

    "How many blocks can i stack before it becomes unsafe?"
     
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    wish I had more sheetmetal skills, I'd like to get a K5, narrow it into a two seater(one in front of the other) and taper the hood down. Visibility! But a buggy would just be a simpler idea all together.
     
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    anyone who knows anything about lifted trucks knows its 2 in the front and 3 in the rear, DUH
     
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    That is a lot of work, and you would end up with a body about the width of and S-Body, which are cheap and plentiful.
     
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    Hot rod guys use cheep (thinner) wheelbarrows for the trans tunnel. It would be real easy to make it a bolt in deal.

    Chances are you won't be running a tailgate or a roof so all you have to narrow is the floor and the firewall.

    I'm sure if you are thinking about narrowing the whole thing you were already thinking about tapering the front and back. The grill/core support would be the same ammount of work and the back end would be about the same ammount of work as well. You could leave the floor where it is and cut half the ammount you want to take out from each side (just outside of the body mounts). That would get rid of the trans tunnel problems too.

    A 2-piece flat windshield would look cool and be cheep to do. It would be bolted into the cage (that would be tied into the rest of the body and frame) and could be removed for hardcore trails.

    You would end up with a "full boddied" rig that still looks like a K5 but doesn't have such a bad rock rash problem. There would still be room for the full width back seat and the front passengers would just be a bit closer together.

    I think I talked Esteban into doing it on his new truck so you might be able to see a write-up sometime soon.

    ...and ugly on top of a full size frame! The only s10 conversion I have ever seen that looked good was WhiteNights. All the rest look like crap.

    S10's also don't have any headroom, legroom, storage room, back seat (unless you fork over $$$ for a crew cab), fenders big enough for a tire larger then 30", etc... They also have a roof and windshield to get crushed (=starting over if you roll).
     
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    I am starting to think that modding the blazer body has gone just about as far as you can and still have anything that resembles anything.
     
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    I wanna see aluminum body panels or skins. Or fibreglass. I want to see an end to rot dammit!
     

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