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Off-Road Unloaded - Letters To The Editor - December 2010

Posted in Features on December 1, 2010
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Letters Of The Month
All of this month's letter writers are getting copies of Robin Hood and Get Him to the Greek. Both movies will be out on Blu-ray and DVD by September for you to check out if you weren't one of our lucky letter writers.

Pathfinder Lifting
Hello, I have a '99 Nissan Pathfinder, and I want to know what I would need to put a set of 33-inch tires on 15x10 wheels. I don't know if I should put different shocks under it, or if I can just use wheel spacers. It's a 4x4 and I want to know if the drivetrain will hold up to this size of tire. I enjoy your mag and am just now starting to receive it again.
Jonathan Harris
Madisonville, TN

Jonathan, I think you'd have better luck squeezing 33s onto your Pathfinder if you put 15x8 wheels on instead of 15x10s. Also, wheel spacers will likely not help you with tire clearance, but some suspension spacers might. And your drivetrain should probably hold up to 33-inch tires with no problems (depending on how you drive, of course).

Off-Road matchmaking
Hi! I'm a 29-year-old guy in prison (I get out in 2017). Off-road trucks have always been a big joy of mine, and I have a question: Why don't you show more Chevys? They're the best in my book! Then Dodge, but not Ford!

Also, can you put my info out there to maybe get some off-road lady penpals, please. I've been a subscriber for years and will continue to subscribe. Thanks again for any help on getting me some mail from some Chevy-loving ladies out there.
Brandon R. Bean #CO2328
Graceville, FL

P.S. I'm just a tall, tatted-up country boy who loves to get muddy. I hope you can help out.

Wow, this is definitely the first romantic request I've seen, but we'll pass it on through, Brandon.

As for Chevys, eight of the past 12 covers have featured Chevys. I'm not sure how much more we could do!

Chevy Conversion Clip
In your September 2010 issue on pages 42-43 there is a '73-to-'91 K5 with a 97+ Chevy front grille. What is required to make this swap other then the grill and lights? Does it use the '88-to-'98 hood or the '73-to-'87 hood, or is there a cutting and combining of both of them together? Does the radiator support require a lot of fab work? Any help would be great. Thanks!
Nick Rollins
U.S. Army

The front clip is a Glassworks Unlimited '88-to-'98 conversion clip for '73-to-'87 Chevy and GMC trucks and K5s. The kit comes with two fenders, the hood, and a cowl. You'll need to get an '88-to-'98 Chevy/GMC radiator support and find yourself a radiator as well (we used a custom Flex-a-Lite unit, but a stock '90s one will fit).

You'll need to cut the front frame horns off and fab new ones to support the '90s radiator at the correct height for the front clip. Once all that is done, you'll need to get a stock '90s grille, headlights, and get new harnesses to make the lights work. It's a sort-of intense front clip swap, but it fits nicely and looks cool.

1-Ton Tahoe Updates
I was wondering how the new solid axle swap kit is doing on the '98 Tahoe that was done in your July 2010 magazine (Solid Axle Weekend) I was just curious how you're liking it and also wondering if you know if the company is going to make a kit for any of the newer Chevy pickups, like an '03 Chevy 2500. Thanks for your time and keep up the good work! 'Hope to hear from you soon.
Thomas Baines

The 1-Ton Tahoe has actually been working out great. The truck drives so much better than it did with the lifted IFS suspension on it, and its drivetrain is much stronger now. The suspension travel is so much more impressive, and the dampening abilities of the FOA remote reservoir shocks lets the Tahoe hit rough patches at much higher speeds than the old twin-tube shocks did. Check out the 1-Ton Tahoe in our Long-Term Update in this issue.

Fabworx Offroad ( actually does make a kit for '99-to-'06 Chevy trucks as well. I think that will be your best-priced kit (for a good kit that won't end up costing you more in the end).

Pontiac Lifting
Hi, I would like to know if I can get a 2-inch lift for my '03 Pontiac Vibe or whom I may get it from. Thanks.

Well, this is another first. No, Jesse, I don't know of any Vibe lifts.

And while I'm definitely not into the trar (half truck/half car) thing myself, I commend you for trying to lift anything!

Editor's Note: If you want to say or ask something, email Unloaded at or write:

OFF-ROAD Magazine
1733 Alton Parkway Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92606

Remember, we're giving away swag every month to the author of our favorite letter. Be sure to include your address, so we know where to send your goods. And because we lost our copyeditor, please know that we are not going to be copyediting your letter if you are going to be hating on us, so you better check it over well before sending it our way! Thanks!

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