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1985 K5 305CUI NP208 TH700R4 162,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles
Got my truck stuck in a mud puddle the other day. Right front and left rear tires were spinning. I had to be pulled out, but I got through
the second time by choosing a better line.
Where would one start to make a mild trail mobile on a budget? Just wondering what ppl think. I was thinking some better/bigger tires (don't know the exact specs on mine, but there pretty mild) lockers would be nice but there not all that cheap, etc....
-The Lonely Grease Monkey 1985' K5 305CUI TH700R4 NP208 KJ's successor
"Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, then he who believes what is a wrong." - Thomas Jefferson
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pde_on snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com says...

I've got an 81 k5 with 2 wheel drive and a real posi. Most, if not all 2wd full sizes blazers came with a posi rear of some type. It hasn't got stuck yet. I've got street tires, and a V6 up front. I've backed out of ditches that had water half way up my grill. I'd suggest you get a locking rear for your truck. Makes a world of difference.
I've never understood how they can sell 4wd without it. No conscience, I guess.
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Get the locker. A lock-rite is ~$250 an axle, and a shade tree mechanic can install one at home on a Saturday. My first install took around 6 hours, and now that I have seen how it all works and understand it better I could do a next one in a few hours. I installed a front lock-rite first with the theory that in normal street driving my hubs will separate the tires from the locker and I will not see any ill effects. I have been very happy with off-road performance.

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Great tires, working suspension, ample power, and a locker in the rear at LEAST! Oh yea, the vehicle will only get you there, YOU will have to get it back!

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http://www.geocities.com/hawkeye649box/k5.html
Very bottom, pictures of the escapade. The red 1500 pulled me out in about 10 seconds, the only reason I got stuck is because I chose a very, very, bad line.... but it was fun learnin'
You can see how I basically lost my right rear wheel, and all the mud on the truck from the left front wheel spinning. The strap was a very futal attempt to pull myself out....
-The Lonely Grease Monkey 1985' K5 305CUI TH700R4 NP208 KJ's successor
"Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, then he who believes what is a wrong." - Thomas Jefferson
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Hey G - I saw on the k5.html that your buddy got an 'extra' Jimmy for parts when he got his....by chance does this one still have a semi-usable grille? I'm tired of ppl callin my High Sierra a "Chevy" cuz of the spot in my grille for a bowtie.....
TIA...
Jeremy

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It did, but it went to the bone yard. We took out the tranny, t-case, the 305, the front seats, the cap, the windshild, the motor&actuator out of the driver's side door, master cylendar, headlights & baskets, plow lights, tail lights, center consol, gauges, whiper mechanism, screw jack, I think thats about it. We couldn't get: manual hubs, steering column, blower motor, plow A-frame.... The rest is now RIP in the previously used dealer lot. (Now is RIP rust in peace or rot in peace?)
In any case, I think you should visit a PUDL for your grill. Either that or stamp chevy into their puny ass little hyundai!
-The Lonely Grease Monkey 1985' K5 305CUI TH700R4 NP208 KJ's successor
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