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Have You Ever Seen a Chevy Trailblazer With a 5.3L V-8 Swap and Meaty 35-Inch Mud-Terrain Tires?

Reader’s Ride: Luis Rios says his project was “tedious but worth it.”

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We love when you send us photos and info on your 4x4! Here's a look at Luis Rios' 2002 Chevy Trailblazer and a Q&A with the owner.

Vehicle: 2002 Chevy Trailblazer

Owner: Luis Rios, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tires & Wheels
35x13.0R16 Interco Super Swampers
16x8 Pro Comp Series 52s
1 1/2-inch spacers

Suspension
MarkMC lift kit
Moog control arms and coil springs
Rancho shocks

Drivetrain
4L60E automatic transmission
NP226 T-case
44 series Cardone 32-spline front CV axles
Spartan 4.11 gears
Truetrac diffs front and rear

Performance
5.3L V-8
Airaid intake
Airaid throttle-body spacer
Jet Performance chip

Other Mods
Optima RedTop battery
ARB onboard air compressor
Carr rooftop bar and lights

Four Wheeler: Does it work the way you want?
Luis Rios: Most definitely; "midsize ride, fullsize at heart"

FW: Anything to add?
LR: The project was tedious but worth it. The hardest part was the 5.3L engine swap: wiring harness, computer, and all.