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Username Post: Formerly owned vehicles        (Topic#348768)
gchemist 
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12-19-17 07:55 AM - Post#2718417    

Searching Craigslist for parts, I found my old '96 Jimmy. Poor thing. Looks like it went through some rough owners. I found it too late to buy it back for parts or possibly fix it. Parts of interest included helper leaf springs, Class III hitch, 17" wheels, bug deflector, high flow exhaust from cat to 14" Magnaflow, turn signal door mirrors, front polygraphite suspension and brushed metal instrument cluster cover. I tried contacting the seller. I was 8 days late finding it. No answer. I even asked for who bought it so I could possibly get parts. No luck either. Poor Jimmy. Looks like it reach end of life due to poor maintenance. It was listed as broken down. I can only suspect engine damage.

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Air intake opening under the front license plate. Huge bug deflector which actually worked.


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Looks like drive-thru window pillar damage.


'95 Jimmy SLT (Bought @131,814)
'83 Silverardo XST - ZZ4 powered
'96 GMC Jimmy LS Ret. @236651 miles


Edited by gchemist on 01-03-18 06:38 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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toro455 
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01-01-18 10:02 AM - Post#2719672    
    In response to gchemist

Sad but still pretty cool that you were able to track it that far.

Sometimes when guys in the office are looking for vehicles they buy one of the carfax deals for as many look-ups as you need for a month. We've used that a few times to see the current location/ mileage and history of some of our vehicles which we let go.

Was that a 2WD Blazer? I just upgraded my Sonoma brakes using the 2WD/ RWD Blazer set-up. The 2WD version is nearly impossible to find up here but a place in Oklahoma was able to find a complete set-up for me.

Scott



 
SleeperSS 
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01-01-18 11:07 AM - Post#2719681    
    In response to toro455

  • toro455 Said:
Sad but still pretty cool that you were able to track it that far.

Sometimes when guys in the office are looking for vehicles they buy one of the carfax deals for as many look-ups as you need for a month. We've used that a few times to see the current location/ mileage and history of some of our vehicles which we let go.

Was that a 2WD Blazer? I just upgraded my Sonoma brakes using the 2WD/ RWD Blazer set-up. The 2WD version is nearly impossible to find up here but a place in Oklahoma was able to find a complete set-up for me.

Scott



Did you swap the entire rear end, or just the brake components?

U.S.C.G. "So others may live"

'96 S-10 SS
'02 BlaZeR2





 
toro455 
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01-01-18 11:57 AM - Post#2719688    
    In response to SleeperSS

I actually only upgraded the front brakes. It required getting the spindles and everything attached to the spindles from the blazer. The yard parts came with everything needed except for the Blazer brake line to frame brackets.

I didn't know to ask for the brackets and they are different, due to where the soft line attaches to the dual piston vs single piston caliper, so I made my own brackets. If you have everything the swap is not difficult. The ABS wire end connectors are even the same. The only thing I needed to do was bend the hard lines so they pointed down like the Blazer. I was able to do this starting with the original lines but my right side line (the one which supplies the front right brake) was badly corroded in the chip guard area under the truck so I had already purchased stainless replacement lines (inline tube) for the original set-up not knowing I would do the conversion.

I know you were asking about the rears but if you would like to see the orientation of the re-routed front brake line I took a picture of that part.

My truck came with the 8.5" rear end (forced by combination of 4.3L and 5spd manual) so that one is staying on the truck.

Scott




 
gchemist 
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01-01-18 02:29 PM - Post#2719706    
    In response to toro455

Yes, the 96 was 2WD. I put an entire polygraphite suspension on it. The front right upper bushing cracked and fell out! Handling and performance changed dramatically after installing polygraphite. My 95 a-arms are starting to show signs of wear. It squeaks a lot. It's bouncy. It's only a matter of time before it will need bushings. I plan to install the same polygraphite kit used on the 96 Jimmy.


Still searching Craigslist in case it pops up again. It will probably be only for parts.

'95 Jimmy SLT (Bought @131,814)
'83 Silverardo XST - ZZ4 powered
'96 GMC Jimmy LS Ret. @236651 miles


Edited by gchemist on 01-01-18 02:31 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
SleeperSS 
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01-01-18 08:42 PM - Post#2719743    
    In response to toro455

  • toro455 Said:
I actually only upgraded the front brakes. It required getting the spindles and everything attached to the spindles from the blazer. The yard parts came with everything needed except for the Blazer brake line to frame brackets.

I didn't know to ask for the brackets and they are different, due to where the soft line attaches to the dual piston vs single piston caliper, so I made my own brackets. If you have everything the swap is not difficult. The ABS wire end connectors are even the same. The only thing I needed to do was bend the hard lines so they pointed down like the Blazer. I was able to do this starting with the original lines but my right side line (the one which supplies the front right brake) was badly corroded in the chip guard area under the truck so I had already purchased stainless replacement lines (inline tube) for the original set-up not knowing I would do the conversion.

I know you were asking about the rears but if you would like to see the orientation of the re-routed front brake line I took a picture of that part.

My truck came with the 8.5" rear end (forced by combination of 4.3L and 5spd manual) so that one is staying on the truck.

Scott




I was just curious which route you were going. On my '96 SS I have '02 Blazer rear disc brakes and '02 LS1 Camaro brakes on the front. Looking for seatbelts for my cupholders...lol

And...you can swap Blazer rear components to your 8.5.

U.S.C.G. "So others may live"

'96 S-10 SS
'02 BlaZeR2





 
toro455 
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Loc: Western NY
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01-02-18 06:43 PM - Post#2719828    
    In response to SleeperSS

Sounds very cool. Is the front LS1 upgrade the one where I've heard you can use your existing spindle with a special mounting bracket added using at least one of the backing plate mounting positions? I saw a site which had something like that and started down that route but I stopped because I realized I was still using 15" steel rims for the winter and would have needed to find a 16" solution... fine but I already had the 15" winter set-up. If it is the LS1 upgrade I'm thinking of I was told it requires at least 16" rims.

I actually started the brake project because I simply wanted to correct what appeared to be a camber issue (I had already adjusted to the minus side once before). Since new I've always tended to preferentially wear the the outside edges like it needed more negative camber. I ended up changing ball joints which needed to be replaced and at the same time I used the Proforged upper 1/2" taller ball joint. That effectively acts like a taller spindle which would alter the roll center some and thus be more likely to avoid positive camber situations in turns. Possibly my imagination but I thought it did feel different.

I've been reluctant to embrace rear disks because for years the General could never seem to sort out issues and drums on the other hand seem so reliable. I don't often carry much rear weight and I never noticed any fade issues with Auto-x. I haven't raced it in years now but we were getting some serious tires dedicated for Auto-x from some PA Mustang race series at the time. It was a blast to race it but I was spending a lot of the weekend for what ended-up being about 8-10 minutes of seat time; less the better a person was

I would like to have a replacement ready to go for my hop-shock though because I can see it's starting to leak. I read a few threads on a dedicated S10 site and I never saw that anybody ever located a suitable replacement.



 
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