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Dirt Every Day - Episode 15 - Alabama Army Truck Part 2

1986 Chevy CUCV M1008 Dirt Every Day Alabama Army Truck  6  Installing New Suspension
Agustin Jimenez
| Staff Editor
Posted August 30, 2013

Adding a Skyjacker Lift to Clear Bigger Tires

Last time on Dirt Every Day, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road’s Technical Editor, Fred Williams showed us what it takes to get an old military diesel truck to run. After fixing the fuel issues and making the truck a reliable wheeling rig, Fred realized that the M1008 CUCV was in desperate need of larger rolling stock as well as some extra ground clearance to allow it to crawl around tighter trails and obstacles.

On this episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred getting down and dirty with some serious wrench spinning action to install a full 6-inch Skyjacker lift kit with MX95 mono-tube shocks along with new 38-inch BFGoodrich KM2 Mud Terrain tires. To get all four tires to claw at the dirt, a Detroit Locker is also stuffed in the front Dana 60 differential. Luckily this truck already has a rear Detroit Locker and 4.56 gears front and rear which means that Fred only had to swap out the differential carrier.

This episode is also full of good old fashioned Alabama wheeling. Fred end up taking out the truck half way through the build just to see what the old girl can do after adding the 6-inch Skyjacker lift kit and ditching the sway bars to allow the new 38-inch BFGoodrich KM2 Mud Terrains to articulate all the way up into the fenders while crawling over boulders on the trail. After a quick run through the hills, it was clear that the Alabama Army Truck needed a front locker to keep all four tires moving through the slippery trails so without hesitating, Fred heads back to The Off Road Connection to stuff a new Detroit Locker and Yukon Axle & Gear 35-spline Chromoly axle shafts in the front Dana 60 before taking the truck back out on the trail to see what it can really do.

Check out all the wrenching that’s required to give an old military diesel Bow Tie truck an altitude adjustment to get it up and over obstacles on the trail!

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Sources

Skyjacker Suspensions
West Monroe, LA 71294
318-338-0816
www.skyjacker.com
Detroit Locker
Madison Heights, MI
(800) 328-3850
www.detroitlocker.com
Yukon Axle and Gear
888/231-2417
yukongear.com
The Off Road Connection
800-792-2280
www.off-rd.com

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