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V8 Versus Lift

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Natalshark, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. Natalshark

    Natalshark

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    After looking at some info on thread "members lifts" i've got some idea of which combination i will go for.


    What are your ideas, comments, expescially if you have added weight as i do with the V8.

    Vehicle is 1997 GX.
    Chev V8 up front
    Mcc Bull bar up front, similar to ARB
    Rear, plan to fit rear tyre carrier and long range tank.

    This is what i'm thinking.

    Front - OME 850
    Rear - OME 863
    Cater bushes and new shocks
    Tyres will be 315/75/16 , or 34"


    Offroad use will be medium to rough terrein, rocky mountainous trails where ground clearence is required. Not much extreme rockcrawling where Large Tyres and huge flex is required
     
  2. Grench

    Grench SILVER Star

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    With that much weight up front, you might consider J springs &/or trim packers. I think you may be a bit nose heavy.
     
  3. cruiserman

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    I don't think you added any weight with the V8. If anything you lightened it somewhat.
     
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    I keep forgetting how heavy our inline 6 engines realy are.

    He's right, your assesment of the parts sounds right too now.
     
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    i second the thought that the v8 is the same if not less than the stock moter
     
  6. kirk

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    I have pulled my I-6 and havd it on the hook. I have no way to measure but I believe it is very close to the same weight as a SBC with alum heads. My 80 did not squat or rise up after swaping to a Chev.
     
  7. Tapage

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    If had not the same weight .. very close.
     
  8. Natalshark

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    The cruiser is drooping in the front a bit. I think it measdured 1" lower than stock. So i assumed this was due to the V8. If the added weight difference of the Bull bar and Motor is insignificant, would the sag be caused form Age?

    So then the 850/863 combo woulod probably be the right option?

    Maybe go with the 850, and if necessary add spacers?
    I don't want to add J "s from the start if these are going to make the ride harder on dirt roads. IS there a marked diffrence between, say the 850 with (whatever weigh difference the motor and bar give). and if J's are fitted.

    I'll double check, but i think the V8 is fitted with Cast iron heads, which could be slightly heavier

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  9. kirk

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    I run Slee 6" springs on my truck. They are much larger coil wire dia's than ome. Maybe they handle the extra wieght better. I also have a arb and 9500 winch up front.

    Iron heads would add 75# to the engine versus aluminum heads.
    Kirk
     
  10. Gumby

    Gumby Supamod Staff Member s-Moderator

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    Iron heads would still be lighter or very close to I6 weight.

    Maybe the weight of the motor is further forward of the I6.

    That rear tire carrier oughtta even things right out
     
  11. Natalshark

    Natalshark

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    Kirk,

    What is the distance from the centre of your front axle to the underside of fender flare ?

    What is the 6" spring. Is this a 850 J range? :confused:
     
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