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Canyon Crawler: 2000 Chevy S-10

Posted in Project Vehicles on January 1, 1901 Comment (0)
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Canyon Crawler: 2000 Chevy S-10

No matter what vehicle you drive, it likely has an enthusiast following. Though the Jeep brand may be the best known, there are plenty of other websites, clubs, and events dedicated to your 4x4. One of the most popular non-Jeep and trail-capable platforms is the Chevy S-10 pickup. For roughly two decades the S-10's small, rugged, and powerful package has inspired countless wheeling enthusiasts to customize their mini trucks into mud boggers, trail rigs, and rockcrawlers alike.

Participating in the Bowtie brigade is Sean Johnson with his '00 Chevy S-10. Sporting a solid-axle conversion and a custom tube bed, the S-10 was built to handle rocky canyon exploration and Sean's daily commute. Though Sean's usual stomping grounds are in the Colorado mountains, we caught up with him and his well-worn Chevy cruising over the scenic red rock mesas in Moab, Utah. After spending some time on the trail following his competent crawler we came away with a great appreciation for how well the S-10 works off-road. And though the mighty Trail 10 has plenty of battle scars, it still gets the job done, both on and off the road.

Under the hood rests the stock 4.3L. With the V-6 mated to an NV3500 and dual NP231 transfer cases, the S-10 has plenty of power and gear options for tackling the terra.

Tech Specs
2000 Chevy S-10
Drivetrain

  • Engine: 4.3L V-6
  • Transmission: NV3500
  • Transfer case: Dual NP231s with a slip-yoke eliminator
  • Front Axle: Dana 44 from an '87 Jeep Wagoneer, ARB Air Locker, 4.88 gears
  • Rear Axle: Dana 44 from a '97 Isuzu Rodeo, ARB Air Locker, 4.88 gears

Suspension

  • Springs & Such: 6-inch Metalshop Motorsports solid-axle conversion, Bilstein shocks
  • Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 BFG Krawlers on 17x8 Walker Evans beadlocks
  • Steering: Crossover with a Redneck Ram steering gearbox and PSC hydraulic cylinder
  • Other Stuff: Warn M8000 winch, custom tube bed, Power Tank, Hi-Lift jack, fuel cell

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