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Old November 17th, 2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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I guess its time to start a thread, since parts are showing up at the door and I'm getting ready to tear into it soon.

Criticism is very much welcome, so please feel free to to speak your mind!

Winter plans:
42" SX2, replacing 40" TSL
231C-Ford 205 doubler, replacing 231
4 link, replacing leaf springs
full hydro, replacing hydro assist
fix body damage on driver's side

For those that don't know my truck, here's a quick run down. I drove to North Carolina and bought this truck bone stock and with some nasty body damage about 4 years ago. Sine then, I've done all the work except building the trans and setting the gears in the axles. Its been a very fun project and I've had a blast with it so far. My truck has served me well, but for some things, its just time to upgrade.

1995 S10 ZR2
stock 4.3 CPI
built full manual TH350 with Art Carr shifter
78 Ford 60 front, completely rebuilt, 35 spline chromo shafts, Lockright, Reid knuckles, rotated C's, HD diff cover, PSC crossover hydro assist
78 Ford 60 rear, completely rebuilt, 35 spline chromo shafts, Detroit Locker, disc conversion, HD diff cover
NP231C-HD with JB Conversions SYE kit (for sale soon)
Alcan rear springs with custom anti-wrap bar
high flow cat, Flowmaster muffler, custom intake with K&N
custom flares
bobbed bed 18"
custom bumpers
custom sliders
Warn 9000 front
T-Max 9000 rear
dual batteries with marine switch
mini internal roll cage with 5 point belts
endless stupid little things nobody really cares about.........

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Old November 17th, 2009, 09:29 PM   #2
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First upgrade is done, as of last weekend. I added the anti-coning material to help the ring clamp tighter and deflect less.













Garage door clearance - 7' door.

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Old November 17th, 2009, 09:30 PM   #3
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And tonight, I started measuring and drawing. This is only preliminary. Some of this will change when the doubler goes in and I look at a few things a little closer. I was very surprised the AS (or AD in this instance) dropped by over 55% just by moving the frame side upper link mount 3" vertically.







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Old November 17th, 2009, 09:35 PM   #4
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woot for the all knowing god of ZR2s!!!!
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What are your initial thoughts on the new tires? Are they a lot heavier? I too have the 39.5 tsl and was thinking of this tire when I need new ones but they look A LOT bigger than the 39's. Good luck with the rebuild.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:20 PM   #6
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Awesome looking truck, I really like that thing.

Looks like the second screenshot from the 4 link calculator is a big improvement from the first but in either case you'd benefit a lot from lengthening the links.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #7
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i have been wanting to build one like this for some time now. the more i look around for one like this the more i like them!!! its nice
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Old November 18th, 2009, 01:04 AM   #8
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Chis, those new meats look sweet!
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Old November 18th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #9
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boy am i glad you changing stuff on that thing... it looked kinda wimpy before!
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making me want to upgrade mine. mine is only a 44 9" axle combo and I am running 35's. yours looks really nice, good luck with the upgrades.
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Old November 18th, 2009, 05:15 AM   #11
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And in more good news, I was FINALLY able to get ahold of Duffy at D&D yesterday and he shipped me the doubler kit, but without the shaft. He's still 4-6 weeks out on having them done. I need that doubler built ASAP so I can move forward with the rest of the build. I was going to do all the work myself, but I'm already so far behind my schedule, I'll probably be letting the place that built my trans do all of it.

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What are your initial thoughts on the new tires? Are they a lot heavier? I too have the 39.5 tsl and was thinking of this tire when I need new ones but they look A LOT bigger than the 39's. Good luck with the rebuild.
Interco's site says the 39.5 TSL is 95# and the 42 TSL SX2 is 115#. I believe it. They are heavy bastards.
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Awesome looking truck, I really like that thing.

Looks like the second screenshot from the 4 link calculator is a big improvement from the first but in either case you'd benefit a lot from lengthening the links.
I'm hoping to be able to lengthen the lowers more when I get the doubler in and see how much clearance is available. Priority over longer links is keeping a flat belly. The uppers I'm not sure how much longer I can go. We'll see. The trans crossmember is also very much in the way - right where the double holes are in the frame drawing. I'm sure I can find a way around that, though.

What target lengths(s) do you think I should shoot for?
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boy am i glad you changing stuff on that thing... it looked kinda wimpy before!
Any particular part that looked wimpy? I've never had anybody call my truck that before, so I'm not sure how to take that comment.
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I think it was admiring sarcasm. Truck looks good.

What was/ will be your wheelbase?
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I think it was admiring sarcasm. Truck looks good.

What was/ will be your wheelbase?
Currently 130, which is about +8 from stock IIRC (required for tire clearance with leaf springs). I'm hoping to get the tire a little more centered in the wheel well, so I'm expecting to be at maybe 126 or so.
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My 37's weigh about 103 each.

Looks like a good start!
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looking real good so far. only thing i would add after your done is a nice strong set of tube doors for side protection.
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What are your initial thoughts on the new tires? Are they a lot heavier? I too have the 39.5 tsl and was thinking of this tire when I need new ones but they look A LOT bigger than the 39's. Good luck with the rebuild.
what about the 40" LTB. those look very nice
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those are probably the better choice. I was thinking the new sx2 or the bigger sx's would run like their old ones, 3 inches short. But I do like the ltbs, I should really be able to kick your ass then!
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