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Old March 1st, 2008, 11:59 AM   #1
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i have a 96 s-10 ext cab 4x4 4.3 auto ... i know it has a fully boxed frame as i see could be a good thing but dunno how it would do towing a jimmy with a tow dolly for about 2 1/2 hours mostly high way ... i dunno what gearing it has it runs 2200 rpm at 74 mph any suggestions? .... besides buy a fullsize ... i have acess to a duramax and flat bed bud dont want to use it if i dont have to
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Old March 1st, 2008, 12:16 PM   #2
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unless yours is a zr2 i dont belive it is boxed. could be wrong though. to be honest though, i pulled a fullsize k5 on a tow dolly like 4 hours... just dont put it in over drive and give yourself plenty of distance between you and the guy in front, because it will pull it but they dont stop much... oh and your truck most likely has 3.73 gears. if you look in the glove box there is a sticker with a bunch of numbers. i think something with a 40 or a 34 means 3.73 but i know g 80 is the locker. not really a locker more of a limited slip.
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all s10/ blazers have a mostly boxed frame

and heres the RPO codes

Here's a list of the gear ratio's available and their associated RPO code:
GT4 Rear Axle: 3.73 Ratio
GT5 Rear Axle: 4.10 Ratio
GU4 Rear Axle: 3.08 Ratio
GU6 Rear Axle: 3.42 Ratio
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Old March 1st, 2008, 01:00 PM   #4
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I towed an 85 monte carlo on a trailer with my 96 zr2 it did ok, I wouldn't recommend it for full time towing but if your only gonna do it once or twice a year you'll be ok. just take it slow since braking isn't the greatest with an s10 nor is acceleration. take your time and tow in drive not od
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Old March 1st, 2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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Non zr2's generally have the 3.42's.
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Ive towed plenty with a 4x4 ext cab ranger, Sdime probably wouldnt be much different. The worst thing is they seem to squat hard with a little tongue weight. Try hauling something with a Uhaul car hauler if you want to see what I mean.

But like the guy above says, stopping is where your going to feel it. It will pull fine and drive straight no problem, just give it room and be safe.
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first off thanks for the responses ... and it is a non zr2 and it does have a fully boxed frame ... im just curious if i should put a trans cooler on it and if i do what size should i go with i plan on getting a trans temp gauge and some other guage dunno what yet as the guage pod fits 2 guages ... and as for the squatting i know how that goes ive loaded a pallet 2 high with simi batteries in it and it had about 2" of play so i plan on getting helper leafs for it or maybe air shocks ... dunno whats better for the money
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i have a trans cooler on my 97. its not the biggest but ive put my truck through hell and ive never had one problem with the motor getting hot
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im just tryin to figure out what gvw rating trans cooler i should get for it
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Go with the helper leaves, its a little more work but its worth it.
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I wouldnt do it to much risk and if you get in an accident, even if it is not your falt the cop is going to try and put it on you.
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i know the 4.3's are pretty weak even in the newer versions. my dads blazer couldn't pull my S-10 on a tow dolly. nor could it pull my camaro on a u-haul trailer. there rated to pull 5000 pounds from the factory with 4.3 auto and 3.42 gears, but thats alot of work to put through that truck. since i have a 350 in my truck i can definatly pull more then that and not even strain the thing. but definatly put a decent size trans cooler in your truck i'd reccomend a 18,000 gwv cooler or better. won't hurt it running a trans cold. better for it. and i'd also put either helper leaves in the back or air shocks that you can adjust for bigger loads. just to keep the ass end from bottoming out on you.
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I am amazed that with all the "experts" here that anyone would contemplate using something with such a small wheelbase as a "tow-rig".
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 10:06 PM   #16
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how often do you plan on towing this way with an s10?

If you plan on towing often with it I'd sell it and buy a full size, couple times a year, go with a trans cooler and air shocks. I personally wouldn't go with the helper springs because its gonna ride like crap when mt and no weight in it.


Just an FYI I saw a chevy astro van pulling a dodge caravan on a tow dolly today in Indiana I was doing 70 and they passed me it was pulling just fine and I'm sure there wasn't anything done to the van to help it tow better.
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Last Summer I put my truck through a good workout pulling two jet skis six days a week, around 5-7 hours a day, from June till beginning of September. They were VX110's or some crap like that (floating sofa couches basically). They are obviously a shit load lighter than a full size vehicle, but that is still a lot of towing and my truck is still fine. I just tried to keep it as well maintained as I could really.

I would agree with getting a good size tranny cooler though.
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i have a trans cooler on my 97. its not the biggest but ive put my truck through hell and ive never had one problem with the motor getting hot
So let me get this straight a transmission cooler helps your motor run cool?
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So let me get this straight a transmission cooler helps your motor run cool?
On some vehicles that is an accurate statement.

I towed a bit with my 99 ZR2. It actually did quite well, but I bought a full size to tow more and more often. I had the add-a-leaves on mine and it helped quite a bit, but the ride took a hit. It still rode better than my 3/4 ton.
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I'm doing this too, and I'll explain for the nay-sayers. I needed a vehicle that would tow my trailer AND be my daily driver. I sold my 12mpg '98 Z71 in favor of a '94 4dr S10 Blazer that gets 17mpg. The full size Z71 had a range of 230 miles, the Blazer 300 miles. Big difference!

I used the Blazer to haul my dual axle car hauler with another S10 on that for the first time the other day. Power wise it did pretty good, but it sagged like a mo'fo', better springs are needed!!! Pulling the trailer empty feels alot better than it did with my full size for some reason. Stopping didn't seem all that different than it did with my full size either, the Blazer brakes seem to be just fine (brake controller for the trailer will still be added though).

What I plan on doing soon to help it out with larger loads is install an electric fan, decent sized trans cooler and temp gauge, stiff AAL's, and get a brake controller for the trailer brakes.

Would I tow with the Blazer at 70mph...no, I wouldn't even do that with the fll size Z71. But for the few times a year I need to use the big trailer, the Blazer will do just fine.
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