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I have a 1997 chevy s10 rwd 2.2 vortec ls trim
It has disk brakes in front and drums in back
I have to do an entire brake line install so before i put the truck out of commission for a while i wanted to find out if there any chevy models with disk brakes that will match the rear of my truck. other than an advanced air cooling pipe, maintenance parts, and dents the truck is pretty much the same as it came came from factory
 

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Lots of people have swapped Blazer rear discs on their truck...including me. It's been a long time, but the thread is still there someplace in the wheels/Tires/Brakes section. There are a lot of swap threads.
 

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Your best bet is to use a Blazer rear axle down side is most likely you have 3.73 or 4.10 gears and most Blazers have 3.42s.
Another option is to grab an 8.8 from a 96-99 Explorer or a Mountaineer they are 3.73 or 4.10 most come with lockers. Down side is you either have the axles and rotors redrilled for chevy pattern or use Mustang wheels
 

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Blazer or Camaro brakes bolt on. As stated previously, lots of threads on this. Changing the entire axle is most likely going to cost more money. It was mentioned in another thread also that you can upgrade to a 98+ master cylinder as well.
 

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Waste of time and money on a 2.2L 2wd pickup. The back doesn't weigh much at all and adding stopping power to the rear when 90% of your braking is done by the fronts will just make the ABS work more often. The 97 ABS is not a very good system to start with. If it quits you'll have real issue stopping it in the rain w/o the rear end coming around on the slightest curve. I feel you'd be making the truck less safe. And then there is the issue of finding E-brake cables that work.
 

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Thank you so much. The idea is im putting a 1998 3800 series 2 supercharged in the truck with a 5 speed transmission with a short shift. But i wanted to start doing prep work with brakes. I think my grandfather has a 1999 gmc jimmy which i hope matches up. A 1997 chevy s10 isnt exactly a dream to anyone but its my first project and if im going to prove my grandfather and uncle (mechanics for about 40 years) wrong i wanna know that i can do it right without braking my bank
 

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Yes, a 99 Jimmy rear end will bolt right in. Be sure when you remove it that you get the E-brake cables with it. If the Jimmy is a 2wd that'll be a plus If it's 4wd it'll still work, but unless you like the poked look you'll need to use the 4wd wheels or Gen4 Camaro or late Gen 4 or 5 Corvette wheel. To make those wheels look right on the front you'll need 2-1/2" spacers.
The bump stops on the Jimmy are different than the trucks so you'll want to trim or remove them. Take a look at the yoke on the rear end because there are some variations. You may or may not need to alter your driveshaft. Depending on if you need to or can, swap the yokes. A lot of the Jimmies had 3.73 LSD rear ends. Check the glove box door for the G codes and post them on here.
Hopefully you can find an L67 SII Supercharged 96-05 engine with it's 240 HP. Earlier Blown Buicks weren't any stronger than a stock S10 4.3.
Just one problem with that - the engine is installed sideways. The only cars that I know of with a longitudinal blown Sll 3.8 is the holden Caprice. Might cost a bit getting it shipped from Australia.
Have you considered using a 96 Buick Roadmaster engine? At 260 HP it was called the LT1 and is mounted longitudinally. The stock exhaust clears the frame and mounts would be the generic SBC mounts.
Just a tip from someone whose done many S10 and other swaps. Get the engine in a running before you start worrying about suspension, brakes, paint, interior. If you open too many cans of worms at the same time it's easy to get side tracked or lose interest because it has become an overwhelming and expensive project that seems to have no end in sight.
I always like this quote from Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester on MASH. "Do one thing at a time. Do it very well. Then move on."
 

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Yes, a 99 Jimmy rear end will bolt right in. Be sure when you remove it that you get the E-brake cables with it. If the Jimmy is a 2wd that'll be a plus If it's 4wd it'll still work, but unless you like the poked look you'll need to use the 4wd wheels or Gen4 Camaro or late Gen 4 or 5 Corvette wheel. To make those wheels look right on the front you'll need 2-1/2" spacers.
The bump stops on the Jimmy are different than the trucks so you'll want to trim or remove them. Take a look at the yoke on the rear end because there are some variations. You may or may not need to alter your driveshaft. Depending on if you need to or can, swap the yokes. A lot of the Jimmies had 3.73 LSD rear ends. Check the glove box door for the G codes and post them on here.
Hopefully you can find an L67 SII Supercharged 96-05 engine with it's 240 HP. Earlier Blown Buicks weren't any stronger than a stock S10 4.3.
Just one problem with that - the engine is installed sideways. The only cars that I know of with a longitudinal blown Sll 3.8 is the holden Caprice. Might cost a bit getting it shipped from Australia.
Have you considered using a 96 Buick Roadmaster engine? At 260 HP it was called the LT1 and is mounted longitudinally. The stock exhaust clears the frame and mounts would be the generic SBC mounts.
Just a tip from someone whose done many S10 and other swaps. Get the engine in a running before you start worrying about suspension, brakes, paint, interior. If you open too many cans of worms at the same time it's easy to get side tracked or lose interest because it has become an overwhelming and expensive project that seems to have no end in sight.
I always like this quote from Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester on MASH. "Do one thing at a time. Do it very well. Then move on."
Its a 4wd. can I change the dif to a 2wd rear end. Or can i disassemble the rear end on both the s10 and jimmy and just move over the disk brakes. Or is it better just to keep the rear ends the way they are or just swap it
 

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Thank you everyone im hoping this project goes smoothly. I hope i can ask more questions in the future
 

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Yes, a 99 Jimmy rear end will bolt right in. Be sure when you remove it that you get the E-brake cables with it. If the Jimmy is a 2wd that'll be a plus If it's 4wd it'll still work, but unless you like the poked look you'll need to use the 4wd wheels or Gen4 Camaro or late Gen 4 or 5 Corvette wheel. To make those wheels look right on the front you'll need 2-1/2" spacers.
The bump stops on the Jimmy are different than the trucks so you'll want to trim or remove them. Take a look at the yoke on the rear end because there are some variations. You may or may not need to alter your driveshaft. Depending on if you need to or can, swap the yokes. A lot of the Jimmies had 3.73 LSD rear ends. Check the glove box door for the G codes and post them on here.
Hopefully you can find an L67 SII Supercharged 96-05 engine with it's 240 HP. Earlier Blown Buicks weren't any stronger than a stock S10 4.3.
Just one problem with that - the engine is installed sideways. The only cars that I know of with a longitudinal blown Sll 3.8 is the holden Caprice. Might cost a bit getting it shipped from Australia.
Have you considered using a 96 Buick Roadmaster engine? At 260 HP it was called the LT1 and is mounted longitudinally. The stock exhaust clears the frame and mounts would be the generic SBC mounts.
Just a tip from someone whose done many S10 and other swaps. Get the engine in a running before you start worrying about suspension, brakes, paint, interior. If you open too many cans of worms at the same time it's easy to get side tracked or lose interest because it has become an overwhelming and expensive project that seems to have no end in sight.
I always like this quote from Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester on MASH. "Do one thing at a time. Do it very well. Then move on."
The idea was i have 3.8 gtp from a grand prix. Which is from the rear wheel drive car. The 5 speed i sourced fits because it was one of my grandfathers racing trans and with the bellhousing changed to match the trans spline matches up perfectly on both ends other than moving the hole in the cab back 6 in. While researching for the truck i went through a ton of concepts which mostly pissed my grandfather off because he says " your too old to be a fake a** mechanic. This is too much work for u" so thats why im asking the forums. Engine and trans is set in stone even if i have to learn everything on the way to make it happen
 

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I don't think any rwd supercharged engines exist in this country, like has been said. The latest rwd application was the Camaro and it never had a supercharger. It did use a T5 that should bolt up to a FWD motor though.
 

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I'm not very familiar with the 3.8 FWD engine, but it appears building the motor mounts could get interesting. I seem to remember them being at the front and on 1 side of the block. Did the starter on those bolt to the engine or the transmission. I know on my FWD LS4 the starter bolts to the transmission bell housing which is a 60° pattern same as the 3.8 used even though both are 90° engines.
 

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I'd find it interesting if GM didn't put the RWD bosses on both FWD and RWD motors but it happened that way with the old 2.0L and the 60 degree V6 so anything is possible. You might be better off starting with a RWD block and going from there if the FWD motors do not have the motor mount bosses. The starter mounts to the FWD (driver's) side either way and mounts to the block.
 

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I would do the blazer brakes front and rear, front i want to say 98 up on blazer is 2 piston and inch bigger rotor and is a sealed bearing hub makes brake jobs easier as well. My gen 1 ls1 turbo 6 spd manual truck stopped so much better with them. I did the blazer rear with the 8.5 ring gear and lasted over 5 years making 600 rwhp
 

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Everything from an 89 to 05 Blazer bolts right in.
I remember writing several threads with the info.
I even have an 85 S10 4x4 with a Bravada rear in it.
All Brvavdas had the G80 option (posi) and many had 3.73 gears.

There is noise out there about needing a different proportioning valve and master cylinder.
I call BS.
I have 4 S10s with Blazer front and rear disc units and didn't change any other components.
Same proportioning valve and master cylinder. They all stop like a go kart (and handle)
I don't have time right now, but I can show you pix of the Barbie and Voodoo truck with the complete swap including Bilstein shox, front and rear sway bars (Blazers had beefy bars) and the lower spring plates - which are also beef masters.
 

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Alright everyone imma keep everyone posted with the build as i work on it. I appreciate everyones help
Everything from an 89 to 05 Blazer bolts right in.
I remember writing several threads with the info.
I even have an 85 S10 4x4 with a Bravada rear in it.
All Brvavdas had the G80 option (posi) and many had 3.73 gears.

There is noise out there about needing a different proportioning valve and master cylinder.
I call BS.
I have 4 S10s with Blazer front and rear disc units and didn't change any other components.
Same proportioning valve and master cylinder. They all stop like a go kart (and handle)
I don't have time right now, but I can show you pix of the Barbie and Voodoo truck with the complete swap including Bilstein shox, front and rear sway bars (Blazers had beefy bars) and the lower spring plates - which are also beef masters.
I would love that
 

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On my 2k2 s10 I did a complete brake swap
On the front:
Belltech Blazer spindles
Drilled and slotted rotors w/ceramic pads
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99 2wd Blazer 8.5" 3.42 rear w/ disk
Drilled and slotted rotors w/ceramic pads
Royal Purple synthetic gear oil
Larger brakes are a great performance upgrade hands down, my truck stops on a dime and gives 9 cents back!!!!
Motor vehicle Bicycle part Electrical wiring Automotive exterior Gas
 

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....just an FYII....if you have a 97 or later, there's no need to mess with the proportioning valve...the abs takes care of it.
 
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Ok i have one other question. Should i take off the bed of the truck to get the rear put in or should i leave it there
 
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