Project Potent Rodent - Getting Started

Nov. 01, 1999 By Shawn Spickler
Stage 1

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In the beginning... a very stock K5 Blazer purchased in 1991. The running boards were the first to go! GM 10 bolt axles front and rear, 208 t-case, 465 4 speed, and a TBI 350 exist under the sheet metal. The rear 10 bolt broke twice! A 383 was installed but didn't live long due to operator error.
Stage 2

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Ugly, but a 14 bolt FF is in the rear, Dana 44 front, 205 t-case, and a 6" Skyjacker lift is added. Don't ask about the tires.
Stage 3

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New paint is obvious. 35" Boggers, Skyler top, and a 91 grill is installed. A used 454 is installed but didn't survive long. It's now considered the money pit!
Stage 4

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A few suspension mods. Softer springs, crossover steering, Revolers, greasable bushings, shackle flip, longer shocks and custom mounts help achieve a score of 986 RTI on a 25 degree ramp. Also replaced the Dana 44 with a Dana 60. New gears and lockers front and rear along with beefy 1 ton CV drive shafts. The Swamper Radials replaced the Boggers and fuel injection is added to the second 454.
Current Mods:
  • Engine:
    454 4 bolt, Comp 276 Roller Cam, Comp Roller Rockers, Comp roller lifters, Comp push rods, Holley Multi Port fuel injection, GM 049 Heads with 2.19 valves, Dynomax Ceramic Headers, Flowmaster Mufflers
  • Transmission:
    GM Muncie 465 4 speed, Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch
  • Transfer Case:
    NP 205, twin stick, 1350 CV joints front and rear, High Angle custom flange front and rear
  • Front Axle:
    Dana 60, 35 spline shafts, Warn 35 spline premium hubs, 4.88 gears, ARB air locker, crossover steering, AGR Rock Ram Steering, alum diff cover, 4x Doctors diff guard, Rock Rod tie rod
  • Rear Axle:
    GM Corporate 14 Bolt, Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears, TSM rear disk brakes, Mag-Hytec diff. cover
  • Suspension:
    6" BDS front springs, Offroad Design 4" shackle flip with custom BDS rear springs, Rancho RS9012 shocks, Off-Road Design HD front shackles
  • Wheels & Tires:
    Eagle 16.5 x 9.75 rims, Super Swamper Radial TSL 36x14.5x16.5
  • Features:
    Hellroaring battery isolater, dual batteries, 210w Cepek Lights, Warn 12k winch, Warn Classic front bumper, KMA rear bumper, 1 ton 1350 driveshaft, Fiberglass cowl hood, 91 K5 Grille, AGR steering box and pump, PPG paint, Tuffy Console, Panasonic anti-shock off-road stereo, Infinity speakers, Bazooka sub, High Angle custom shafts, Wrangler 225 amp alternator Articles:
Front and rear 1 ton driveshafts (1350) Review
4.88 Gears Tech Article
ARB Air Locker Review
Diff Covers Review
Kayline Soft Top Review
Hellroaring battery Isolater Review
Revolver Shackles Review
Dana 60 Tech Article
Crossover Steering Tech Article
ORD's Swaybar Disconnects Review (Blazin)
Offroad Design HD Front Shackles Review
Offroad Design Shackle Flip Review
BDS 6" Suspension Lift Review
Super Swamper Tires Review
Performance Wheel Spacers Review
Hubs Review
Crutchfield Stereo System Review
Tuffy Console Review
Skyler Sport Top Review

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