Figured I'd contain my whoring to one thread.
Tis my daily, so progress is slow. It's a 91, 2.5 4cyl, 5 speed. Had 102k miles on it when I bought it last summer for $1200, it's up to 111k now, still running great.
The day I bought it
First thing I did was rip off the purple tint and went 5% on the rear glass 20% on the sides. Bought clear H-4 headlights and bumper lights, and bought some 17" Soft 8s.
Here's how it sits now, rims are 17x8 245/40 front, 17x9 275/40 rear with 0 offset.
I've been debating on how low I wanna go, I did some measuring today and a 5/6 seems about right. I bought some 3" blocks this weekend to level it out some for now. But here's a quick chop I did for some motivation.
Really like those Soft 8's. 5/6 would look perfect
Yea I measured today, 5/6 will leave me with about 3.5" of ground clearance at the skid plate and about 2" of clearance between my axle and frame. Only thing I'm concerned about is collecting roadkill. Lol.
Thanks doods. Yeah, it still sits too high for my liking.
I went down to the lake and took some pics, prolly woulda came out better if I would have cleaned it up some more and if I had an actual camera.
Thanks guys! Yea I wanna go 5/5 or 5/6, but I have some stuff I gotta do first. It needs a new exhaust manifold so while I'm at it I'm gonna do a complete new exhaust dumped before the axle and replace all of the hangers (being held up with coat hangers ftl ). I also need to replace all of the weatherstripping so I can start on the interior. I want to replace the rubber floor mat with carpet and I may switch to buckets and a console, I haven't decided yet. I'm plan on running some 6.5" components in the doors and 5.25"s in the cab corners, but I cant mount an amp behind the seat til I stop the water from leaking in through the back glass. So rubbers will be my next purchase most likely.
Got em hooked up to the head unit for now until I get the amp and the 5.25"s for the rear.
Been playing with tweeter placement, I think they're gonna end up right about where they are in the pic. I need to finish modifying the door panels to fit the speakers, sound deaden the door and figure out something for a moisture barrier. I want some thick mil plastic but I dont want to buy a whole roll of it, so someone suggested I use small pond liner since I can get it in smaller quantities and its thick. I may go that route, unless yous gais has any other ideas???
Just like everyone else, I'm in love with this truck! I'm thinking about a Red first gen like yours lol.
As for door liner...I'd say that pond lining would work...but I'm also a do it right the first time. I would see if any of the guys here have some...or if nothing else...go check out the junkyard, find the cleanest Dime there and steal the old one there. Or talk to the parts store guys. I don't know how much plastic they sell in a roll. I know I have a roll lying around my parents house but we use it for a lot of things, so I just scrounge as needed. I'll see how much is there and if you give me some measurements, I can probably ship you some.
Where are you getting the rubber from? I went with LMC trucks for the new drip rail rubber on mine, it is GREAT stuff. But they are a tad spendy.
Now hurry up and do the drop!
1999 GMC Sonoma SLS - 2.2l 5 speed 2wd, LIFTED! 31x10.50/15's Wild Country XTX Sport Radials, on Baja -8 Style wheels, Doestch 3 inch lift spindles, Crown Suspension 2" lift shackles, Hella 500's
Thanks man! My moisture barriers were in good shape but first gen moisture barriers are just like a wax paper. I want to run a bead of butyl around the door and use plastic just to seal it up better. And yea, LMC is where I'll probably get the rubbers. Its like $100 for both doors and the rear window.
Shitty picless update, Wednesday on my way to work I somehow bent an exhaust valve and its stuck open. So now I get to pull the head and see what the hell happened. If nothing is catastrophically wrong, I'll send the head out for a valve job, and order a new exhaust manifold (been cracked for a while) and whatever parts I need to get it running again. If its worse than I expect, then IDK what i'll do.
Everything seems alright, just a bent valve. Gonna drop the head off at the machine shop next week for a full valve job, new guides, seats, and whatever else they find wrong. I'm also getting all new lifters, and a new exhaust manifold (may weld this one up for the time being.) And I'll probably go ahead and change the coil since its alot easier to get at without the intake in the way.
Also, last week I started on my door panels, sorta. Cut off the storage pockets and made a template. Just need to transfer it to wood, wrap it and attach it to the door panel.
Woot! She's up and running. Still has a slight miss. Gonna do a cap and rotor soon. Plus an oil change on tuesday and top off my diff since its been leaking from the pinion. But other than that I'm just gonna be saving up for future truck stuffs.
*filthy truck pic
Got tired of rolling without door panels, so I mounted my tweeters and threw them on. I'll have to pull them back off soon so i can finish the bottom section and sound deaden the door, and make my moisture barriers. Procrastinating like a bauss.
Nah I've never been a fan of the digital gauges in these trucks.
Swapped out the iron 3" angled blocks for some JTR 2" billets with setback plates. So it's lifted 5/8" but since my rear tires are an inch taller there was less fender gap in the rear with the 3" blocks, now it looks even all the way around. Now I can swap in some 3" springs front and rear and it'll be at 5/5.5"ish. Debating on coilovers too, just don't know if I wanna drop that much coin. We'll see.
hey man looks sick. what size wheels and tires are those? and what is the backsapcing? sorry if you said and i didnt see it
Thanks man! The wheels and tires are 17x8 245/40 front, 17x9 275/40 rear with 0 offset.
Nothing to update really, got pulled over for tint and no bumper the other day so I'm gonna get a cheap ebay rollpan for now and maybe try and find some 50% tint to keep the polices at bay, but I need to get a set of snow tires first. 275s don't fair too well in the snow.