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Unread 10-09-2010, 12:13 AM   #1
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1996 Chevrolet Blazer
4.3L V6 (purrs like a kitten, doesn't burn anything)
4L60E Automatic Transmission
4x4
LT, leather 4 door
Green
Currently about 220,000 miles.


Preface: I bought this truck in May of 2009. It sat for 3 years ingrown in a ditch for sale. It needed a tranny. I bought it for $600, put a $500 tranny in (including seals, all materials) myself. Engine ran perfect from day one, it's never had the motor touched by anybody.

What I've done:
-Transmission - 180,000 miles
-Radiator - ~185,000 miles
-Right Wheel bearing and CV shaft (bearing shelled out completely) - ~194,000 miles
-Spark plugs and wires - ~195,000 miles
-Alignment - ~198,000 miles
-Catalytic Converter removed and installed a test pipe - ~196,000 miles
- Heater core replaced (she blew, i had a puddle of coolant in the passenger footwell)
-Front differential replaced (seals deteriorated when it sat for years).
-Ball joints

What It Needs:
[ ]Air conditioning fixed (think it's just a relay)
[ ]Drivers side power seat fixed (randomly quit doing anything one day)

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(the last 4 pics were when i first got it. The underbody doesn't look that horrible anymore

VIDEO!

It sounds better than that actually, not the best audio. Most people think it's a V8 actually.


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First 'order of business'.

Ball joint brands. When i do the wheel bearing, i'm gonna go ahead and kill two birds with one stone. I would get the Moogs, but they are $58 a piece, upper and lower.

The Raybestos ones are like $48.

The Mevotechs are like $15 a piece.
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First 'order of business'.

Ball joint brands. When i do the wheel bearing, i'm gonna go ahead and kill two birds with one stone. I would get the Moogs, but they are $58 a piece, upper and lower.

The Raybestos ones are like $48.

The Mevotechs are like $15 a piece.
Moog is definitely worth it. I dont know about GM parts, but I know for the Ford suspensions that I have rebuilt, seen rebuilt, or had rebuilt, that the Raybestos and Mevotech ones are generally cheap chinese crap. The Moogs are much better, which is why I used 100% Moog on my Thunderbird suspension rebuild...
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Raybestos makes damn good brake parts i know. Mevotech has a 5 year warranty but i don't wanna tear it apart again if it does fail. But that's a great price...
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Raybestos makes damn good brake parts i know. Mevotech has a 5 year warranty but i don't wanna tear it apart again if it does fail. But that's a great price...
Reminds me of the 10 year warranty Kia came out with back in the 90s...

Raybestos does make damned good brake parts, but everything else is generally contracted out in China...
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Reminds me of the 10 year warranty Kia came out with back in the 90s...

Raybestos does make damned good brake parts, but everything else is generally contracted out in China...
Ditto I love Raybestos brakes but didn't even know they made anything else. Moog or high performance parts all the way!
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Lol, you do know that Moog parts are made in China and Korea right?
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Lol, you do know that Moog parts are made in China and Korea right?
Mine werent, if I still had the boxes they came in I would show you where it says "Made in USA"...
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Must be oddballs. I read just about all of 'em are.
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Lol, you do know that Moog parts are made in China and Korea right?
Everything is made on China these days. Doesn't mean bad depends on what quality the company wants the parts built to. Allot of major items from big companies are made on China. Take cooper tires known as a major us company but they do have lines made in ROC
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