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Old August 23rd, 2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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i want to swap my truck body out for a suberban body.... i have a 84 silverado. single cab with an 8 foot bed. will a suberban body fit on there. im more concerned with the wheels lining up with the wheel wells.
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use a measureing tape and make sure the wheel wells will fit, body mounts are different i am sure but have fun!
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Im pretty sure the burb is four inches longer.. but the wheel wells will probably fit. The ass of the burb is going to hang off the back of the truck frame probably though.
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 05:00 PM   #4
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The suburban is 8 to 10 inches longer i helped a friend do it the opposite a couple yrs ago and had about that much left in the back
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Im pretty sure the burb is four inches longer.. but the wheel wells will probably fit. The ass of the burb is going to hang off the back of the truck frame probably though.
Suburban is longer, truck frame is much shorter and the wheel wells will not line up. Two totally different frames...not saying it cannot be done but boy you would have a lot of work to do. Your best bet would be to get a piece of shit suburban and use the frame from it. Oh one more issue you would run into is the gas tank on the burb is in the back!
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lol yea dude or sell what you have for teh truck and just buy a burban
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Suburban is longer, truck frame is much shorter and the wheel wells will not line up. Two totally different frames...not saying it cannot be done but boy you would have a lot of work to do. Your best bet would be to get a piece of shit suburban and use the frame from it. Oh one more issue you would run into is the gas tank on the burb is in the back!


1)buy a suburban for the body
2)buy another one for the frame (huhwat?)
3)tear apart a truck just for the drivetrain


wouldnt it make more sense to just buy a suburban?



if your good at fab work, you could stretch the frame and relocate the axles. If you question your own ability to do something like that, please do not try it without at least getting some assistance from someone who does know what they are doing. Any way you look at it, it sounds like more work then its worth.
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shortening/lengthening frames can be really easy or really f-in hard......it just depends whos readin the tape measure :) i used to wheel a 79 suburban... all im saying is the departure angle really sucked.....alot......i mean really bad.......it just sucked
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