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wheel base ? has anyone tryed to lengthen thier blazer

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lgk5, Oct 7, 2002.

  1. lgk5

    lgk5 1/2 ton status

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    i was looking for a better departure angle.
    any ideas,or has anyone tryed /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
    thanks
     
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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    i think the ORD jimmy is at 110" wheelbase thats like 4" longer than stock.

    for departure angle, bob the rear end /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  3. Blazinaire

    Blazinaire 1/2 ton status

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    You can redrill the center pin hole in your leaf springs further back so long as the old hole is between the U-bolts (usually about 1 1/2'') or you can get the same affect and 1'' of lift by using ORD's "zero rate" /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif. Either method can be used front or rear. After my shackle flip and front springs and shackles were put on I am at 108.5'' which is 2'' longer than stock and I will be moving both front and rear axles to gain another 2.5'' /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    PetaKane 1/2 ton status

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    I'd like to have a little bit more wheelbase myself and checked into it a bit. Decided I'd only move the back axle because for someone w/out crossover, when you move the front axle forward you have to shorten the draglink which isn't good for already horrid steering geometry.
     
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    Excelent topic!

    Upper Hellderado (B/B) provided a great opritunity to see how a slight change in W/B, changed the "ideal" line, or changed the obsticals.
    The ORD Buggy I think it's close to the stock 106" wheel base
    The ORD Jimmy I think it's around 110" wheel base.
    BadDog's Truggy Somewhere around 112" wheel-base.

    Don't hold me to the wheel-base numbers, Memorys not what it used to be. (who am I kidding, My memorys sucked since day one /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif) *I'll change this post if the W/B numbers are not correct*

    The album , kinda helps bring the point home - but not complettly. You just can't get the total "picture" with photos.


    A long Wheel-base can make you look like a pro, but at the same time, it'll hurt you in some cases, not by much tho'.

    From what I've seen so-far, the longer the better - to a point.

    I think about 110" to 112" is about as good as it gets.


    My take on the subject.
     
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    I currently have 110" wheelbase as well. I used custom springs to move the axles forward/back and custom perches for the rear to move it back even further.
    It works for me, but it definately cuts down the turning radius, which sucks in tight trails...
     
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    heavy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    I say swap a blazer body onto a pickup or suburban frame. How's that for longer wheelbase!!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    i REALLY want some specs on that ORD Buggy /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I have mine at 109" and I like it better than it was stock. Keeps the front tires out of the fire wall too. I just drilled the front perches. I built new rear perches that are longer in front of the rear axle to keep it from from wrapping. With this extra length on the perch you can place the rear wherever you want it within reason. The rear perches are 1" taller than stock to compensate for the 60's extra height.
     
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    glad i wasn't the only one thinking about it!
    but i was thinking about 116-117
    removing the gas tank movining the rear shackel flips
    all the way to the end of the frame and installing and ,or
    building a new front mount.
    the ord shackle flip bracket looks like it would work to keep it level where the frame goes up
    what do you think?
     
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    Any pics of those rear perches? I want to move the rear axle 2-2 1/2'' back (on top of the 1/2'' that I will need to move it to compensate for the location of the center pin on the furd 57''s) /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif>>> /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     

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