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Slap my meat on your pita
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IM starting a thread sorta like Steve`s(Red Baron) and I guess you can say im coping him.....so sue me :p Im gonna start this thread for all 4wd stuff and partially a lil timeline for my truck. Here we go. My main goals for this thing is for it to look good, while still being a capable offroad rig. No pavement queen here...sorrry guys :D

Current mods:
6in Superlift F.I.T.
2in Body lift
34x12.5 Super Swampers
ZQ8 wheels
Detriot Locker
4.56 gears
Trimmed fenders front and rear
Winch Bumper
Cowl hood
Scratches & dings
LS1 electric Fan conversion with shut off switch in truck(for deep sea diving)
K&N FIPK
Hypertech Programmer
Double gauge pod with Tranny temp and VAC gauges

Im sure theres crap im forgetting. Plans I got coming really soon:

Swapping out my micky mouse mirrors for some dumbo ones(hey their bigger and it gives me an excuse to buy some SS mirrors for the xtreme)
Making new rear hitch brackets so it tucks up under the bumper.
Some torson bar relocators so they dont hang below the frame
Some lights for the winch bumper

Plans in the future:
Vortec 350 swap
Straight axle conversion on the front
exo cage
Chop top

OK enough of me babbling on about stuff you guy prob dont care too much about :D On with the pics!

Painfully stock:



Gettin there



Right before suspension lift



rear done




front




Someone needs tires



Deep sea diving and some random offroad shots








Front bumper in the making

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The stare down


I didnt have a soda can ready so heres a coffe can




And for the newest pics

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I will try and answer all question as soon as I can. So if I dont answer, maybe someone else will...and if they dont...well youll just hafto wait. Im a busy person belive it or not :D
 

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Looks Good you Copy Cat! :haha:

I have a question.................. Can you make some of those pics smaller so that when you are reading some ones reply like this it doesn't go off of the page. :rotf:


On a more serious note:

It would be helpful to post prices and pics of the individuel parts.

Make notations of how the part was effective or not meeting your expectations.

If replacing a weaker part, side by side pics are highly desired.

If it brakes, explane and show how so with pics.

Show what you did to keep it from braking again.

Discuss how you made the dissision to buy a certain brand part over others.

What are the common weaknesses in the 4wd's and how did you fix them.

What are the different GM components available for the 4wd's.

Here are a few to get ya started: :)


7.25 Front diff housings:
1. Standared aluminum casting
2. Cast iron casting

Rear ends:
1. 7.5" ring gear 26 spline from 83 to 92
2. 7.625" ring gear gear 28 spline from 88+
3. 8.5" ring gear 30 spline from 95+, standard for 98+ ZR2's with rear disks

Axle ratios and their RPO Codes:
The 2wd, 4wd S10 and full size trucks use the same codes.
If it has a factory posi it will have a G80 code.
The other G codes are GU2=2.73, GU4=3.08, GU6=3.42, GT4=3.73 and GT5=4.10.
Look in the glove box for the RPO code sticker.

Transfer case versions:
1. 231 mechanical lever
2. 231c HD mechanical lever with wider chains
3. 233 electronic transfer case, note, not all have wide chains but most do

NV3500 5 speed tranmissions:
1. Later versions 96+? had the 3.48 first gear and internal slave
2. Early versions had a lower 4.02 first gear and external slave

Auto Trans:
Who cares :D

Brakes:
1. Single piston 10" front brakes with rear drums are standard
2. Duel piston 11" front brakes, standard on 98+ Balzers and ZR2's
3. Rear disk, standard on 98+ ZR2's

As you could guess the higher number the better the parts. Good luck and happy hunting. :haha:

If anybody can add or correct any info, please do. :cool:


George, if you would like to take any quotes from my 2wd thread that
may be helpful to the 4wd guys, feel free. :p
 

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Got Mud???
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hey baron...do you happpen to know what year models came with the cast iron front diff? Mine is aluminum and the bottom ear broke, so if i'm gonna replace it, I'd rather use a stronger part.

thanks,
michael
 

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I think it was only available with the 5 speed units. I don't know the time window. I expect it to be on the ealier more then later models though. This would be good to find out and post if some one knows, hint, hint... :D



Edit: George, is this thread intended for all 4wd info (can anyone post) or is this ment to be just for your buildup?
I don't want to highjack your thread if it is, I'll stay out. Just let me know bud. ;)
 

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Slap my meat on your pita
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No big deal to me. As long as good info is gettin passed I dont care. As for the iron difs, I belive it was the 95-97s that had it. I dont recall any 98+ coming with them.
 

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man that thing is sexy


just wondering what all did you have done to it in that second picture

i think its just a body lift and shackles

correct me if im wrong
 

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Slap my meat on your pita
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6in Superlift F.I.T.- $1800
I bought the kit through a vendor that was on zr2.com. I have the bilstein shock option with the kit as well. I think the Bilsteins were about a 200 option added to the kit. So You should be able to pick up the kit from around 1500-1600. Overall I am happy with the kit. Other than missing a few peices from it, everything was fine. Some fo the powdercoat was peeling from some of the parts, so that was a little disappointing, but live geos on. The install is not too bad, time consuming is all. The directions blow, but you can figure them out.Just make sure you have read it a couple times before attempting the kit. There is some minor welding involded, so make sure you know someone that can weld it up for ya when your doing it. Overall I reccomend this kit to anyone thats looking for some lift.

2in Body lift- ~$200
Install was pretty straight forward. We used wood and a floorjack and basic hand tools to get it done. Took about 8 hours for us 2 guys to get it done. loosen up the body mounts and jack the body up and put body lift pucks between the body and frame...put the screw in and your on your way. The gas filler exstension is very easy and should be done with every kit....the hose is provided all you need to do is roughly measure how much ya need to put and cut the excess off.

Ill be digging more into my mods and stuff in time. Im going to sleep :)
 

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Slap my meat on your pita
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85blazin said:
man that thing is sexy


just wondering what all did you have done to it in that second picture

i think its just a body lift and shackles

correct me if im wrong
You are correct. BL, shackles and a minor t-bar tweak.
 

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On the body lift for an automatic , do you have to extend the shifter linkage like on old fullsize trucks and the steering rod ??????????
No on the shifter linkage for a column shifter Don't know about the console shifter.
 

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Thanks again! I was just looking for this thread to give a link to someone and I thought it got delted or something, then I look at the 1st page and here it is lol.
 

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F9K9 said:
96BLAZE4.3 said:
On the body lift for an automatic , do you have to extend the shifter linkage like on old fullsize trucks and the steering rod ??????????
No on the shifter linkage for a column shifter Don't know about the console shifter.
nope, not on the console shifter either.
 

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George, What does the 6" super lift come with. I have been wanting to lift my truck for some time, but I can't afford the kit. Is it just a bunch of brackets to bring everything down? Do you think that it can be reproduced by someone with fabrication skills. I am just wondering if I were to have the dimensions of all the parts, do you think I could build the kit. Or is there things that are just to hard to fabricate?
 

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Slap my meat on your pita
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1lowGMC said:
George, What does the 6" super lift come with. I have been wanting to lift my truck for some time, but I can't afford the kit. Is it just a bunch of brackets to bring everything down? Do you think that it can be reproduced by someone with fabrication skills. I am just wondering if I were to have the dimensions of all the parts, do you think I could build the kit. Or is there things that are just to hard to fabricate?

Im sure with the right tools and measurements the kit can be remade. However, getting all of those tools or having someone make one will not be cost efficient I would think. It might acually cost more cause it is truley a "one off" job for them whereas SL has all of the stuff already.
 

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I'm pretty confident in my fabrication skills, and I have access to a wide variety of tools. My brother works at a machine shop too. All I really need is detailed measurements.....hint, hint...nudge, nudge.
 

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I might hafto take a few things apart to measure them, I think the instructions had a parts list I will check that.
 
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