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Explorer guy418
02-06-2005, 05:06 PM
anyone here driving lifted s10's send post a pic and some mods, and stock engines in the s10''s

88 Ranger - R.I.P
Looking For Lifted Ranger Or Bronco II.

02-06-2005, 06:00 PM



02-06-2005, 06:06 PM

she's a bitch, but I can get in her.

02-06-2005, 07:18 PM
Tough crowd:D

'86 S10 Blazer
2.8 with stuff done

"I'm so hungry....I could eat at Arby's"

02-06-2005, 08:16 PM

i have no idea what to put here

02-06-2005, 09:40 PM
OK...at risk of personal humiliation, I'll share. I can't believe I'm doing this[:I]

Mine's an '86 S10 Blazer Tahoe.
A lift??.....mmmm...sort of. I put a 3" body lift in to be able to fit 31x10.5's
When the engine died (at 270k) I batted-around the idea of putting in a small block or a 4.3

The small block appealed to me because....well, if you gotta ask, you wouldn't understand.:D

The 4.3 appealed to me because, like the small block, they are plentiful, reasonably cheap, and offer the roughly the same power as a stock small block. Plus, I would save some weight going this route.

Which ever of these two routes I would take would also require a different tranny, adapters, wiring nightmares (for me anyway), and a substantial amount of unavailable time. I was in College at the time and money was really tight, so neither option was feasible.

Therefore, the cheapest, easiest, quickest route was to swap in another 2.8

That turned what should've been cheap, quick, and easy, into a long build-it-as-money-allows scenario anyway. I could not find a cheap good running 2.8
If it ran, prices ranged from $850 for one with almost 300k on it - to $1300 for one with 180k on it. A rebuilt one was about $2200 and up. BTW: The $850 engine was the cheapest that I'd found. Anything cheaper, wasn't a good runner...or was suspect for one reason or another. Even on ebay, they were over a grand for high mileage engines.

I finally picked one up at PYP that appeared decent (I didn't tear it down while there) but by the time I got into it, it turned out that the bottom-end was gone on that one too. Worse than mine, in fact, this one would require a line-bore and oversize bearings.

So I finally decided to rebuild my own. I'd accepted my fate that I couldn't do this quickly, because I could only build it as money allowed....still, I'd end-up with a new engine instead of someone else's headache. I didn't hate this idea because I'd get a new engine, I could build some extra power into it, I wouldn't gain weight with a bigger engine, and I'd still get the great gas mileage that I've come to love.

So I've gone from a stock 125 horse 2.8 to a bored, stroked, cammed, and balanced 3.2 now running roughly 170 - 180 horse. Make no mistake...it's still no powerhouse. But at least now I can climb long, steep climbs in high-range that I used to have to be in low-range to do. My mileage is still about 22MPG in the city too.

Do I like this truck? Sure do. It's not the best out there by anyone stretch of the imagination, but it gets around better than most people would believe. If I could afford to do two things to it, I'd do a SAS and a rear locker....maybe in the future.

Why not start off with a solid axle, more capable rig??
Well, I started with this one a few years ago.....before I was really into wheeling. Anything else in my current price range would just be buying someone else's headache, and the constant repair/replace process would begin anew. Even if I could afford something better.....what would I get?? I like the extra room in this thing and the extra carrying capacity without going into a fullsize truck. I don't want a full size, because I like the tight, twisty trails that often hamper a full size...then there's the whole gas guzzling thing again.

I've got an 8274 that needs a rebuild (anyone got a donor for parts?) but now Heather tells me that she saw an 8000lb Warn at Costco for less than $500....if she's right, I may just grab that when my income tax return comes in.

Sorry for the long ramble. Probably much more than you wanted.

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'86 S10 Blazer
2.8 with stuff done

I've been in school for so long, I could've been a gynecologist instead by now.

Explorer guy418
02-11-2005, 09:07 AM
well magna i like the blazer/jimmys lifted and thinnkin of getin one but will i be under powered with the stock 2.8 not get me anywhere all i relly want is like a 3 inch lift 31's for now. and well hows the frame clearenceon those......

88 Ranger - R.I.P
Looking For Lifted Ranger Or Bronco II.

02-11-2005, 09:14 AM
i had the same thing as magna but i had the 5" suspension as well as the body lift and 33 kumho mud terrains. it had the 2.8 in it as well and found it really under powered even with 4:10's. 4 hi was non exsistent, everything has to be in 4 lo. if you do get one don't bother wasting your time on the ifs junk, just strait axle it and you will be much happier.

ass......the other vagina

Explorer guy418
02-11-2005, 09:28 AM
yeah sas is allways good, but i havnt made up my mind about ggoin back to a ranger like i had, or a suv.jimmy/blazer/bII, i just dont know to many choices and duno wut to pick[27]

88 Ranger - R.I.P
Looking For Lifted Ranger Or Bronco II.

mista fitz
02-11-2005, 10:01 AM
time a jeep guy hops into this post.

if you're in the market for a jimmy/blazer or BII....
why not a cherokee? solid axle, 4.0l, comfy/roomy, cheap used prices for something to start with, lots of good lifts available... what do you think?

Explorer guy418
02-11-2005, 02:06 PM
well yah cherokees are cool, but id only buy one lifted cuz i dont like the unibody cuz no Cheap lifts, and im low on money so could only rlly get sometin and throw a body lift on it or, buy soemtin like cherkee done up a bit..

88 Ranger - R.I.P
Looking For Lifted Ranger Or Bronco II.

02-11-2005, 02:19 PM
i built an s10 for a buddy of mine we did a sas with coils in the front he is running 37s 4.3 vortec auto it seems to work good ill try to grt a couple of pics of it ..

72 cruiser 35"boggers 4 linked rear onboard air full cage lincoln locked front and rear

Explorer guy418
02-11-2005, 02:37 PM
k sweet thanx.

88 Ranger - R.I.P
Looking For Lifted Ranger Or Bronco II.

02-11-2005, 02:53 PM
I am building my s10 jimmy in the spring with toy axles and vortec 4.3 and leaf spings with 35 tires.


Gotta get the new d60hp diff in soon and the welded rear with new gears.

mista fitz
02-11-2005, 02:55 PM
quote:Originally posted by Ranger Guy418

well yah cherokees are cool, but id only buy one lifted cuz i dont like the unibody cuz no Cheap lifts, and im low on money so could only rlly get sometin and throw a body lift on it or, buy soemtin like cherkee done up a bit..

no cheap lifts, OH there ARE! trust me. ESPECIALLY when you compare what you'd have to do to get equivelant performance out of an s10, you could easily pick up a lifted cherokee under $4000 just my 2c.. good luck!

02-11-2005, 06:29 PM
hey ,72 cruiser if you could post the pics that would be cool
also,like others i'm building an s10.Have 1ton chev p/u now
want to downsize truck and wait upsize durability
just need to get off my as and put the parts together
d60/14ff/2001 4.3 vortec/sm465/np205.....want 203 for 2 t cases and
poss 700r4 instead of 4 speed

ranger guy418 I had 93 ranger with 5" stage III lift 4.56 gears with 35s then 33s
biggest piece of shit I have ever owned
3 posi carriers (7.5 diff)1 open = blown up
1 set of front gears = blown up
2 axle stob shafts = blown up
= wasted money
imo if you want to just buy somthin and not build it up,buy a toyota
(owned one of those too) best band for your buck

P.S would like too go whellin with some guys from the board

02-12-2005, 07:53 AM
i would go with the fullsize blazer/jimmy as they are sas

Explorer guy418
02-12-2005, 08:34 AM
to big fer what i like, i like trails and full size is just to big, think im guna go back to the ranger

88 Ranger - R.I.P
Looking For Lifted Ranger Or Bronco II.

02-18-2005, 03:19 PM
^^^^Andrea's Truck (www.hot4x4.ca)

try going here: S10 Extremist Site --> http://p207.ezboard.com/fs10extremistsfrm14


03-12-2005, 09:43 PM
What a sweet ride, that Fecal Fawn Paint Job is hot........... [freak]

SFA S15 Jimmy, Bigger IS Better.

03-15-2005, 02:25 PM
I have an 89 S10 blazer with the 4.3L, I have body lift blocks but thats all, are there any other mods I would have to do to put the blocks in ei. shift linkage,transfer case shifter, etc.?[redneck]

87 F150 4X4
89 S10 Blazer

03-15-2005, 04:04 PM
thats how s10 should look like... im still lookin for 94 or newer cab to build my buggy with :D

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