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Old December 11th, 2006, 04:50 PM   #1
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I'm not much of a Chevy guy, but I've found two trucks that I'm interested in buying. One is a newer styled ('88) the other is the older style ('87), both with the same drivetrain. I like older looking trucks and having a solid front axle is a huge plus over the crappy IFS, but the newer bodystyle probably has a nicer interior and would be easier to sell if I ever did. What other changes where made besides the body and suspension changeover between the two models? Curious to hear what you guys would go for.

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Old December 11th, 2006, 04:59 PM   #2
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I have an 89 gmc 4x4 that I don't offroad at all. The times I've had to use four wheel drive (snow, mud, etc.) the IFS was not a problem at all. If you want to wheel this thing the ruts are going to eat you alive.
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i beat the hell outa my 2000 with ifs on 35s... and i drive it daily... its fine mines a 3/4 ton so its a little stonger.... u should have no problem gettins moneys worth but remember its going to be a mud truck so you will loose price when you sell it
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It would be a driver, not a wheeling rig. I like things simple and reliable which is why I'm not a big fan of independent suspension in a truck, just more shit to go wrong that way being more complex.
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its really not that much to it... its simple... it rides a 1000x better and is realable... stuffs cheap to fix and easy to get parts for. always in stock when something does break.... i beat the piss outa my ifs and its fine.... only have broken an axle shaft when i wheeled wit my 38s one night and was jumpin it
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It would be a driver, not a wheeling rig. I like things simple and reliable which is why I'm not a big fan of independent suspension in a truck, just more shit to go wrong that way being more complex.
You got it backwards dood. The 88+ IFS is just about maintenance free, and has 10x the ride quality. I Guarentee you will be changing SFA u-joints more often than CV joints.

Im not tryin to argue with anybody about how long your xxxx lasted back in '65, just in general.

If you gotta have the old style chevy, then get it. But the 88+ is 10x the truck when it comes to being a driver.
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87 (if it is TBI) has shaddy electrical, took them a year to bug out the EFI... Although if it made it this long, it's probably fine...
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i like the old trucks and in my opinion they are bothe close to the point that they wont drop in value much if any more. the ifs is a pretty good design and probly wont break under a DD but Im pretty sure they are not cheap to fix if they do break.
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