Our Project S-10 Blazer Gets ’Glass, Bumpers, and Paint
When we last caught up with our grocery-getter-turned-prerunner Blazer, we finally had it up and running and ready for some off-road action, thanks to a BDS lift kit and 33-inch Hankook tires. However, everyone knows that you can’t just slap a lift kit and some oversized tires on a mid-size four-door SUV and call it a prerunner, so we thought it was about time to do a cosmetic makeover while beefing up the ruggedness and capability of this formerly mild-mannered machine. It was time to get the Blazer ready for the desert.
We again turned to our local expert, Jeffro from Metul Munky Fabrication, who had previously installed the lift kit on this Blazer. He and his cohorts from the DezertDimes.com are fanatical about proving that the S-10 platform can compete with other off-road vehicles and they have been invaluable resources on this project, offering up both their knowledge and labor.
We began our makeover by replacing the stock front fenders with fiberglass ones from Glassworks Unlimited, and complementing them with a Cervini’s ram-air hood. Though the hood was more for show, the fenders were more of a necessity than a cosmetic mod, as the 33-inch tires rubbed pretty badly, even after the 5-inch BDS lift kit had been installed.
With the wheels kicked out a couple of inches thanks to JT’s wheel spacers, the tires tucked right into the new Glassworks fenders and gave the Blazer a wider and more aggressive stance.
Once the factory body panels started coming off, we decided to upgrade the bumpers to something a little more robust. Again we reached out to the ’Dimes who referred us to Big Daddy’s Motorsports & Fab, a shop based in Washington state. After we sawed off the Chevy bumpers and mounted the custom-made steel tubes, the “Almighty Dime” finally started looking mighty.
After this latest round of modifications, we took the Blazer to the dirt for testing. Did we like the results? Read on for the answer.
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