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Wheel base

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Rockjunkies, Sep 26, 2001.

  1. Rockjunkies

    Rockjunkies 1/2 ton status

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    I am building a new rig. I am going with a one ton frame and axles with a pickup cab and tube flatbed. 4 or 6 inches of lift, 36 or 37 inch tires. My question is, I am going to shorten the frame. I am trying to decide how long of a wheelbase I want. I am thing of something like 6" more than a blazer. I don't plan on getting a doubler anytime soon, so that doesn't really come into consideration. Give me some input on what all of you think would be an ideal wheelbase. I run mud, sand, rocks, hills, and also drive to and from the trails.

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  2. RedDwarf

    RedDwarf 1/2 ton status

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    100" is great, don't go over 110". You'll just be adding weight.

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  3. tRustyK5

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    I agree, the K5 is 106.5" so a little shorter or longer is a good range...seeing as you're gonna flatdeck it departure angle won't be a concern. A shorter wheelbase helps your breakover angle too, but can hurt you on ledges and hillclimbs.

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  4. Rockjunkies

    Rockjunkies 1/2 ton status

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    110" does sound good. I don't want to go any shorter than 106.5, I am already eating driveshafts. But I am running a 208 t-case right now. The slip yoke tailshaft has to be atleast 10 inches long. A little extra length would help it out a bit.

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    True, true.

    Shortbeds are 117, LWB is 131.5, JFYI

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    That 110 sounds real good. I would want it longer than a Blazer, but shorter then a short box. What is the wheelbase on a short bed? Anyone know? Just wondering.
     
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    Scratch that question.
     

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