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Old March 28th, 2015, 07:36 PM   #1
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Yes, I know, not a traditional offroader, but hey, with a fully boxed frame, LS engine, and G80 it can't be all bad.

The day I bought it


A little snow wheeling, took running boards off.



I've bought a set of 255/75r17 Duratracs, roughly 32's



Bought a 3" lift from Mark Mc, theliftmeister.com



Removed my front bumper cover and trimmed the bumper down







Made a huge improvement to my ability to get around. I also cut the resonator off and took the spare out from underneath








Currently I'm waiting on front Bilstein struts to come off backorder to install my lift, however when my wheel spacers get he this week, I will be installing the Duratracs next weekend anyway, they "should" clear ok.
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I've always wanted to build a trailblazer. If you ever get the desire to solid axle it and want to pay me to do it. I think a linked front end with some coilovers and 37's would be saweet!
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I do plan to retire it from DD duty in a few years, at that point, I'm right in track with you lol.

I figured it's way easier to SAS this than LS swap a full size Cherokee, and I can drive it to work in the meantime lol
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Yeah and it's not a cherokee. I'm always for the different stuff.
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Ok, so any platform has its drawbacks, with some, such as any Wrangler, they are easily overcome in the aftermarket. In others, like my Trailblazer, not so much.

While I have a 300hp V8, fully boxed frame, fairly long travel coil over strut front suspension, and the same drive train as a Silverado, I have three big draw backs.

The first, is the goofy upper ball joint placement over TOP of the front tire.



My stock tire is a 245/70r17, or 29.5 inches tall. As you can see, you might finagle a little more on there, but not much. Some people grind the upper to fit a 31, but I use this off road for real, so that wasn't an option.

So, theliftmeister.com got some more business, 1.5" hub and lug centric spacers.



These are really nice, even have a weird tapered nut to lock the spacer down to the hub.

The second big drawback is the bolt pattern. Although I have six lugs, the pattern is different than every other Chevy Truck on the road from the beginning of time. I'm 6 on 5 instead of 6 on 5.5. It's shared with other GMT360's like the Ranier, Bravada, Envoy etc. The Colorado and Canyon are a different chassis, the GMT355 I'm not sure if they share this bolt pattern.

The point is, there's no readily available, cheap steel wheels for me. So I only got the front spacers for now, since stock the rear is wider anyway, and later I'll get adapters to utilize a more normal bolt pattern.



And my current clearance,



I have a bunch of job interviews tomorrow, but I hope to get my tires mounted nonetheless. Thanks for looking!
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Some random pics from wheeling over the weekend,









I bought a set of Bilstein HD struts from a guy on ortb.com, so one step close to installing my lift!
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nice.

Any plans to put a small spacer in the front coil to get some more ground clearance? Looks a little goofy how the A-arms are already pointed upwards a little

That lift is only a body lift, correct?
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nice.

Any plans to put a small spacer in the front coil to get some more ground clearance? Looks a little goofy how the A-arms are already pointed upwards a little

That lift is only a body lift, correct?

I know, it's like a desert racer lol.

The lift is a 3" inside the strut spacer. So I've been waiting to get new struts and longer shocks for the rear to install it. Also, I intend to do lower control arms and flip my uppers side to side to get some caster back after the lift. I kind of want to do that part all in one shot so I only have to have it aligned once this year.
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Went to Bundy Hill today,

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I know, it's like a desert racer lol.

The lift is a 3" inside the strut spacer. So I've been waiting to get new struts and longer shocks for the rear to install it. Also, I intend to do lower control arms and flip my uppers side to side to get some caster back after the lift. I kind of want to do that part all in one shot so I only have to have it aligned once this year.
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