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Old 07-02-2013, 04:52 AM
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I'm first car I ever owned was a 1995 4 door blazer in the best blue with a dana 30 in front and dana 35 in the rear I loved these thing it was a monster on the road and off road had a 4 barrel carb on the thing ..... Long story sorta blew it up ..... I drove about 3 s10's then got a new blazers fully stock 1997 2 door factory 5 speed blew it up but loved it so much cause it was a blast to drive I dropped a rebuilt engine in it ...... I currently have a 2.5 rough courty lift installed and it's a joke compared to what I had my old sas blazer drove better on and off the road .... So I'm going to do a swap to this blazer .... Also my 4x4 is constantly failing and I fix it and it fails I fed up with it


2000 miles ago I bought brand new bfg mud terrains so for starters I'm not going bigger than 31s for now I off road at the least once a week either on the beach or what ever ..... So I'm am getting a waggy dana 44 from a guy at the end of the month before he junks it I am purchasing the axle leafs swap bar and steering linkage .....

So my planned set up for now I'm doing axle over spring like the stock waggy set up not looking for lift from doing the sas looking for reliabliy ( if that's spelt right ) I plan on installing manual locking hubs and buying the sky off road kit I basic am hoping I will just be able to roll the axle in how it came out of the waggy after rebuilding it and if its lower than the rear either add a leaf or bigger shaclkes and the same for the rear whether its lower or higher
 

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Old 07-02-2013, 02:12 PM
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Sounds like a good plan!
 
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:36 PM
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what rear axle are you going to use and whats your future tire size you plan on running?

keep the waggy springs the flex really well or go with the springs off of a dakota, they have a good amount of droop/drop. lot of info here to SFA
 
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Nothing bigger than 33 it's my DD and if I want a truck for real mudding I would buy a k20 or something

Plan on keeping the rear axle cause i have a g80 and really like it unlike some poeple and either running 3.73 but I don't know how bad mpg will be with 31's or just re gear the front to match the rear I currently have 3.42 and there is one company that makes a 3.42 for a dana for the front
 
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I spoke to ord about there bolt on kit ad they are going I re make it


This is from a email seeing if they still see there bolt on kit

Hey Nick,

We are getting production ramped up as we speak.

We'll be accepting orders through our partners at 4WD Factory, (512) 368-5625 just ask for Joey.

Sincerely,

Merrell Ligons
Off-Road Direct

Sincerely,
Off-Road Direct
 
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id try to get 3.73 or 4.10s. not sure if you can, but get both axles front and rear from that waggy, then you wont have different bolt patterns for wheels and you'll have same gears. just need to weld new perches and change the ujoint. seals maybe etc.

i have an ord kit on mine, however my frame was bent but the bolt holes were still off a tad. this was a year ago though, their new kits are probably better though.
 
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:58 AM
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I don't want to buy a whole rear axle to and I'm always using my ebrake sense I'm a manual I know it not hard to get hooked up but rather avoid ..... They make wheel adapters 5x4.75 to 6x6.5 ..... I think 4.10 is way to high for 31's ..... Does anyone know from experance with 31's and 3.73 because a ring pinon for a dana 44 and gm rear are 100 each about or a 3.42 for a dana 44 is about 200 plus
 
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I know that the zr2's have 31's stock and they handle them fine
 
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i was thinking 4.10s with 33s my bad. 31s are good with 3.73. and i had 31s with 3.42 gears and worked good too.
 
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I'm just worried that on the highway with 3.73 I'm going to be reving to high at 60 with my 3.42 I'm at 2,000 rpm .... But also I think 3.73 are a good idea because the axle is going to be adding extra weight
 

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