Both. I have not trashed a front myself, but I don't push limits. No way would I saddle that little ring gear with a V-8 sitting on it though.Rinkrat456 wrote:When you say "the front fragile" are you referring to the aluminum housing or to internal parts? Any experience busting things up?
Apples and oranges. Gear reduction does not multiply or increase the engine torque it reduces the torque required to move the drivetrainRinkrat456 wrote:... Putting your truck in 4LO actually puts more torque to the axles than dropping a 5.3L between the frame rails.
I know that you don't include that as a blanket statement IFS has its placepaintballrocker wrote:... IFS with a v8 is crap
HenryJ wrote:Apples and oranges. Gear reduction does not multiply or increase the engine torque it reduces the torque required to move the drivetrain
Absolutely...that's what my '96 is for. My 2002 Crew cab however, is a pavement and gravel road machine...and only sees 4wd use when the roads are slippery.HenryJ wrote:That said if you have the traction and want to tear things up, it can be done.
I will keep the 5.3 cool in the same manner I keep my '96 Sonoma and iron block LS1 cool. Ditch the factory 4.3L radiator, push the A/C condenser forward and put a large all-aluminum dual core radiator into the core support. F-body fans on the backside pull plenty of airflow when properly shrouded to keep the engine cool on just low speed, but I'll have the PCM monitoring temps in case high speed is needed or whenever A/C is activated. An aluminum block and heads sure helps with cooling also...you'd be surprised. In addition to engine cooling, most new truck engines are coming with engine oil coolers which I fully intend on implementing, along with an additional trans cooler.HenryJ wrote:The 4.3L already has heating problems. The thicker radiator helps, but at altitude it is not enough. How do you plan to keep a V-8 cool. Mike had issues with his LS engine. Electric fans on both sides. (BTW, he trashed his 1/2T front axle. Nothing is bullet proof. )
They sure are! The plastic baffles directing airflow through the grille opening and into the radiator/condenser are more important than most V8 guys think.HenryJ wrote:The grille openings are small on these. That is going to be a challenge.
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