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Postby blaz » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:00 pm

Just working on my rear bumper build.

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:43 pm

This bumper has been a ton of work. I gained 3" of ground clearance. 3" of length was eliminated. I measured the departure angle before and after. 29 degrees to 36 degrees. I did add some weight, but only 25lbs.


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Re: blaz's mods

Postby HenryJ » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:47 am

Looks really good. :bow:

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby 14x4 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:46 pm

Excellent job!
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:28 pm

Thanks Gents! paint is next on the list, maybe bedliner.
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby mars2878 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:01 pm

Me like
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:37 pm

Chopped the exhaust.

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:07 pm

I have been running an Eaton E locker for about two years. This past summer I noticed that it wasn't locking properly.

THIS LOCKER DISENGAGES IF YOU CHANGE FROM FORWARD TO REVERSE RESULTING IN LOCKING UNDER POWER! The locking pins have a tendency to wear out under this condition. I am not saying bad things, I am only giving info from personal experience.

Pics are worth a thousand words, so here goes.

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I (with help) installed the Yukon Grizzly Locker today. Reviews will follow.
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby AVTekk » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:55 am

Hrmm def a drawback there considering back and forth is whats needed to get out of a lot of situations. Whats the Grizzly use, clutches?
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:28 pm

Grizzly is similar to a Detroit or a lunch box (except it comes as a complete carrier). It was an expensive lesson. :cry:
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:43 pm

Jared gave me some help today so I could get my spare outside of the blazer.

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And in case I need to use the hitch to tow I can mount it on the front.

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby F9K9 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:41 am

Lookin' good. Did you paint the rear bumper? Looks natural to me.
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:38 am

The cold weather was here too soon this year. :oops: . I will have extra work in the spring removing the natural look. :twisted:
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby HenryJ » Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:31 pm

Nice tire mount. 8)

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Postby F9K9 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:38 pm

blaz wrote:........... I will have extra work in the spring removing the natural look. :twisted:
Flap wheels will make short work of that. I just didn't know if, I was seeing the debut of the first S-10 Crew Cab rat rod or not. :lol:
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Tue May 13, 2014 7:59 pm

2.5" RC update;

I had CV boot issues and I had CV binding issues. I also found the passenger side upper control arm broken in the center of the weld. I have now swapped back to the factory upper control arms and I will stay with those until I SAS. The BJ's on the RC control arms were still fine and No other issues but changing CV's wasn't my idea of fun. I still had my original CV's in prior to the lift. I went to the junk yard and picked up some GM factory CV's and installed those. I use my blazer off road and as a DD so I like everything to stay in good working order at all times. RC said they will warranty the arms, but I will probably just sell them with the RC shocks. My factory bilsteins went back in and I realized how much rougher the ride was with the RC lift/shocks. I am not saying this lift is a bad lift I am saying it didn't work for me. I am keeping the diff lowering bracket because it didn't cause any issues.

Broken weld.

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This pic shows the drivers side arm starting to bend too.

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Wed May 14, 2014 2:11 pm

Made a skid plate because the stock Alum. one was bending. 3/16" plate and some cutting and welding.

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby Blacknoma » Mon May 26, 2014 8:11 pm

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:58 pm

A SAS is now in progress.

I will update when I have time. I did however want to share the info I found on t case play.

I had a question as to how much play should be between the input and front output shaft so I checked a t case with only 50 000 kms and compared it to this one.

This is what I found. The current point is the starting point with the front output fixed (unable to move). The second mark is where the arrow went to in 4 hi The third mark is where it went to in 4 lo.


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Both T cases had the same amount of play so I will install the 233c with the fixed yoke. I also checked the oil condition and it looked used but good. No recent oil change to hide problems.

I hope this info helps someone to find out if the T case chain has stretched.
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby _STUCKY » Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:02 am

What would you charge for a pair of the dana 30 to s10 hub bearing spacers?
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:55 am

I have no plans on making any spacers right now. My focus will be on getting the sas finished. I will send you a PM if I happen to get some spare time.

Sorry bud.
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby _STUCKY » Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:53 pm

Alright, no problem. If you do end up making more, check with me, I'll probably buy a set. I was trying to see who I could get to make them local, and didn't have any luck. Build looks great by the way. What gears does the front have?
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:39 pm

It is an XJ dana 30. Where did you see the build? A YJ would have the spring perches already, but where would the fun be in that. :thumb:

Just a quick update so everyone knows.

I am doing a solid axle swap on my blazer. The RC lift caused me too many problems and I am running tougher trails now so custom IFS or SAS.

The plan,

Dana 30 front diff with 4.56 gears open for now because I drive on icy streets and I can't justify a selectable yet.
Stock 8.6" 10 bolt with 4.56 gears and a yukon grizzly.
Front will be 4" waggy leaf springs in a spring under configuration
Rear will be a stock s10 blazer pack with an extra main leaf cut off at the eyes in a spring over configuration.
T case will be a first gen 233 with the fixed front yoke out put.
Tire size will be the 33x10.5x15's I have now with a plan to go to 35x12.5x15 KM2's.

I hope to keep the blazer as low as possible but with the 2" body lift I may have a couple of issues.

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http://www.s10forum.com/forum/f221/blaz ... ep-622929/
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby _STUCKY » Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:45 am

I saw it on s10forum. I've been lurking there. Been gathering parts for mine... But I have recently acquired a new project that is taking my attention and will soon be taking s10 build money haha. Bought the old village work truck (92 c1500, 4.3/700r4) from my local town for $300, buddy wants the motor, I want the frame and cab. Planning Tbi 5.7/t400/205/dually width 60/ 70 with srw 14 hubs/ 52 inch springs in front. Plan is to strip the parts from 2 of my trucks and put them under it so I have less junk lol.... I have way too much junk

Build looks good though. Hijack over :wave:
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:31 pm

Running and driving now. Just need to get the front driveshaft in.

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby HenryJ » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:06 pm

Impressive :)

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:17 pm

Thank you sir. The standard trans with 3.42 diff gears and 33's didn't like where I was going with it.

I don't want to go crazy. I will stop at 35's or even a 34". There are Big rocks where we go camping so I like to be capable with out breaking and replacing idler arms. I can still run down the hi way smoothly at 120 kms/h. That is important for me too. I don't want to trailer a vehicle.
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby HenryJ » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:24 pm

Sounds quite a bit like the set-up that Paul had on his truck. That combination served him very well.

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby _STUCKY » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:33 am

I like it. :wave:
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:17 am

_STUCKY wrote:I like it. :wave:



Thanks. I'm almost done.
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Re: blaz's mods

Postby blaz » Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:47 pm

Almost done.

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Re: blaz's mods

Postby _STUCKY » Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:24 am

It looks perfect. :thumb:
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