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Off-Road Unloaded - Letters to the Editor - April 2010

1961 Chevy 4x4
Jerrod Jones | Writer
Posted April 1, 2010

Off Road Unloaded

S-10 Builders
I'm building an S-10 Blazer. The front end is lifted with new torsion keys and the rear is lifted with hangers. It also has a 3-inch body lift and clears 31-inch Super Swamper LTBs. It has a new remanufactured 2.8L with a five-speed tranny. I also have a Posi-Lock kit to rid my truck of the vacuum 4WD, and an MSD ignition kit. I even put on a Holley TBI and Flowmaster exhaust. What other modifications could I do to get a little more power out of the 2.8L and to make it a better off-road vehicle? Thanks for the help.
William Fisher III
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

I just recently joined the army, so I have a little bit of cash rolling in now. I'm building an '85 S-10 Blazer 4x4 with a 3-inch body lift and 31-inch tires. I want to put a 2-inch suspension lift on it and 34- or 35-inch tires, but I'm having a rough time finding lifts for it. Do you have any suggestions on the lift? It also has a 2.8L V-6 in it and I want to keep it matching numbers, so do you have any power add-ons for a 2.8L, or any read end suggestions? Thanks, I appreciate it
Vince Johnson
Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Guys, you two are asking very similar questions, but I think William's email answered a lot of what Vince was asking about. Both of you could also benefit from adding an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold for '82-to-'85 2.8L V-6 engines.

And Vince, Rough Country ( offers a nice 2-inch torsion lift for your era S-10. It comes not only with torsion bar keys for the lift, but also new ball joints and upper A-arms to keep everything in proper alignment. Shackles lift the rear up an inch and you should be able to get a little more tire under your truck.

My First Ramcharger
I am an 18-year-old student at Reardan High School and I have been reading your magazine since early June. Your mag has been great for me as most of the other magazines focus on Jeeps or extreme rigs or trails on the other side of the country. I'm looking at lifting my '89 Dodge Ramcharger so that I can fit some 35-inch tires on it and get around in the mud and trees better. I have three problems. My first problem is that I have never done this myself and I don't know anyone who has. The local shops are telling me many different things depending on the brand that they sell, and some are badmouthing other brands. I have been told that a Trailmaster kit that would cost me less than $500, but another place told me that it wouldn't last as long. My second issue is that my gear ratio is only 3.55:1. I have been told that 4.10s would work great but also told that I would need 4.56s. My last problem is, like most high school students, I don't have much money. Even though the farmers in the area pay well, it is hard finding time during the week after school and sports. My Dodge is a daily driver but during the winter it can be like driving off-road just getting to school due to the heavy snow drifting in the area that shuts down roads to most drivers. My Ramcharger is all stock except for the front bumper that I built and the Fitch fuel catalyst unit that I put on after seeing it in one of your mags. What is the best set up can I get that will work best for me and not break the bank? Also if you could point me in the direction of a good set of tires for on and off-highway use, that would be great.
Karl Untiedt,
Spokane, Washington

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