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Old 07-14-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Well hello guys, I'm from San Antonio and have been watching this website and finally decided to join. I'm really new to the offroad scene, have been into sports and muscle cars all my life and thought it was time for something different. Well I have always loved dually's and 4x4's for the longest time, well last week I came across a truck that i could not pass up. It's an 89 Chevrolet K3500 silverado dually with a 454/th400 combo, I dont know what kind of transfer case but it might be an np205.



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whats up man, you im me from youtube.??
i was thinking you had a older chevy bro my bad.
got IFS up front best kit and cheapest would be a roughcountry, just gotta figure out what they got for a duelie.
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whats up man, you im me from youtube.??
i was thinking you had a older chevy bro my bad.
got IFS up front best kit and cheapest would be a roughcountry, just gotta figure out what they got for a duelie.
Yea I was IMing you from youtube, yea its a silverado so it has the newer body style of that time. Yea its IFS but I just plan on going mudding until I one day do a SAS conversion. Where in San antonio do you go mudding bro?


And thx to everyone else for the welcoming. What do you guys suggest I do to my rig? Like I said I'm new to 4 wheeling.
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its probably an np241. welcome to the board!
Ahh ok a friend told me np205, does this drivetrain sound like a good setup for mudding? I dont want to do anything to extreme, just mudding really, no rock crawling or anything.
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that IFS front will give you problems with that big heavy truck. take care of it and maintain it well and youll be ok. i forsee lots of wheel bearings, ball joints, and cvs getting replaced in your future.

the 89 old body style would have had the 205. yours is the new body style 89.
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that IFS front will give you problems with that big heavy truck. take care of it and maintain it well and youll be ok. i forsee lots of wheel bearings, ball joints, and cvs getting replaced in your future.

the 89 old body style would have had the 205. yours is the new body style 89.
so then I have the 241 transfer case? and I should def invest in a SAS conversion?
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:16 PM   #13
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Also looking for 4x4 guys in San Antonio to hang out with, no homo lmao, I dont really have any 4wheeler friends and looking for guys to teach me about it and maybe help me out on what setups for my truck.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:38 PM   #15
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You're lucky bro, cause SA is full of offroaders. They all seem ready to help any noobs. They're a big family over there.
Really? Thats awesome, well if I can find anyone to hang out with and maybe learn from. I've been racing sports cars for a while but I really want to get into offroading and even though I know a dually isnt the best vehicle to pick for offroading, I love duallies and want to build one that can at least mud. Anyone close out there or anywhere in San Antonio? lol I live on the southswest side of SA.
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Alot of people here don't like saoffroad.com because Doug is a ratard. There are alot of new dumb people, but a few of em are legit gear heads and deicated wheelers. Always willing to offer help and tech support. I have my 84 chevy dually o. 36 swampers and I for one think it's badass to have a big dually. Or ask here as there's tons of people here and lots of tech here as well.
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Alot of people here don't like saoffroad.com because Doug is a ratard. There are alot of new dumb people, but a few of em are legit gear heads and deicated wheelers. Always willing to offer help and tech support. I have my 84 chevy dually o. 36 swampers and I for one think it's badass to have a big dually. Or ask here as there's tons of people here and lots of tech here as well.
Oh ok, yea i originally tried to register on saoffroad.com but it wouldnt let me and the guy who told me about that site told me about this one so i checked this one out too. I wanted to join that one cuz I thought I'd meet more people from sa there but I like this site. I know where o'connor road is, def have to hang out sometime, I'd love to check out your dually. I cant wait to lift mine.
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i will give you a good point of view on the IFS. i bought a brand new 98 z71 and put a 6 in lift on it as soon as i got it. then 5 years later took all the ifs off and put a straight axle on it. it was was cheaper to do the straight axle than the ifs lift. i would straight axle it right off the bat and be done with it, you dont have to make it very tall. its just the ifs is a pain and the straight axle is alot easier to work on IMO. but have fun with it either way.
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welcome to the site man.


i will give you a good point of view on the IFS. i bought a brand new 98 z71 and put a 6 in lift on it as soon as i got it. then 5 years later took all the ifs off and put a straight axle on it. it was was cheaper to do the straight axle than the ifs lift. i would straight axle it right off the bat and be done with it, you dont have to make it very tall. its just the ifs is a pain and the straight axle is alot easier to work on IMO. but have fun with it either way.
Yea that definatly sounds like a good idea. I'm not going to lie, I know nothing about 4x4 suspension. What do I need for the straight axle conversion and from what vehicle do I need to take the parts off of. And is there anyone that would be willing to show or teach me how to do it and teach me about 4x4ing. And thank you for all the welcomes. I live off old pearsall road on the south side of san antonio but I cant find anyone that offroads.
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get on google and type in Solid axle swap for a chevy and there are a couple good companys that have kits. I used the Offroad Unlimited kit when i did mine and loved it. it was simple to put on. you will need a axle from a ford or a driverside axle is another way of asking for what you are needing. i used axles front axle from a 78 ford.
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there will be other things you would need for steering but thats a whole different topic. lol but here is a good start and not that bad of a price, i know its way cheaper than a ifs lift, if you can find a front axle for a reasonable price.

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there will be other things you would need for steering but thats a whole different topic. lol but here is a good start and not that bad of a price, i know its way cheaper than a ifs lift, if you can find a front axle for a reasonable price.

http://www.offroadunlimited.com/orus...dproduct=10757
do I have to buy everything on that page? excluding the leaf springs
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i would call them and ask them your different options. looks like there are several things you can add to the order but the prices are either added in or they add it on top of the kit. i would call and ask them. but you would still come out cheaper than putting a ifs lift on it.
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If you want to lift it, I also recommend the solid axle swap if you are going to drop the coin. Either type of lift can be as expensive or as cheap as you want (to an extent). A cheap leaf lift on a solid axle is much better than a cheap lift on an IFS though.
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