96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

Mar 31, 2012
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hey guys been on the site for a couple months now and decided to do a build thread for my 96 1500
5.7l vortec, 4l60e trans, stock 10 bolt

current mods:
33" tires
16x10 american racing rims
cranked t-bars
Volant CAI
spintech duel cat-back w/ 6000 series muffler
B&M 2 stage shift kit
8000k lows, 10000k highs
4-high headlight kit
led rear light bar
crystal clear headlights, markers, corners
stainless bull bar w/ 4" lights
two 8" MTX subs w/ 200w amp
 
Mar 31, 2012
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

mods to come:

motor/trans:
plan on rebuilding both
1.6 roller rockers
cam
ported heads
holley mpfi intake/throttle body
hydrolic lifters
longtubes
high flow cats
custom tune
vette servo
2500 stall

suspension/rear end:
rough country rcx 4" lift
eaton limited slip

body:
cowl hood
repaint
smooth front bumper
new rear bumper
tint

any comments or suggestions would be awesome
cant upload images yet, dont have enough posts. i will when i can
 
Jun 10, 2008
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

Open up an account with photobucket and host your photos from there, its easy to do.

My suggestion is to replace both your low and high beams with 5000K and 6000K HIDs. Anything above 6000K has less light output and just looks stupid. I like the plans you have listed though, good luck.
 
Mar 31, 2012
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

thanks for the info on photobucket. i thought i would just be able to attach photos from my computer but i guess not lol
and as far as the HIDs i love the 8000k lows but i do wish my 10000k highs were brighter. i have been looking at changing them out with the 6000k. i didnt do to much research before i bought them but i did before buying the 8000Ks so i am happy with them
 
Mar 31, 2012
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

pics:
when i bought it spring 2010 with 122,xxx miles for $3400
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first thing i did was sell the cap
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bought 16x10 american racing rims with crappy tires off craigslist and some body work
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cooper discover atr 285s and cat-back

ready to go to the lake!
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volant cai
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HIDs and bull bar
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as it sits now
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hopefully in the next couple of weeks i can start buying some parts for the truck again
 
Mar 31, 2012
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

thanks! it will need some rust repair soon on the rockers also the clear coat on the roof is peeling down to the windows. has anyone else had that happen on their trucks? didnt know if it was a shotty clear job by the previous owner or something that is normal on these trucks?
 
Mar 31, 2012
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

little update: got a new job in engineering that starts in a couple weeks after i graduate college so i will be starting to buy new parts for my truck. first one the list is a set of pacesetter LTs. then a motorcycle so i can pull the motor to rebuild and throw more performance stuff at and still have an alternate vehicle. so stay tuned in the next few weeks!
 
Mar 31, 2012
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

got my headers in today! they are pacesetter ceramic coated LT's. they will hopefully be going in on friday providing i can get it to my exhaust guy after i put them in to attach the midpipe. also hoping to go cat-less but we will see.
 
Jun 10, 2008
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

Nice looking truck, its my twin lol. Make sure to get an exhaust clip when you get the headers installed so we can all hear it. Have you noticed any difference with the Volant CAI?
 
Jun 6, 2006
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kelowna, bc, canada
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

thanks! it will need some rust repair soon on the rockers also the clear coat on the roof is peeling down to the windows. has anyone else had that happen on their trucks? didnt know if it was a shotty clear job by the previous owner or something that is normal on these trucks?

my truck is doing the same thing - i have no clue why (i've got an '89)

on my summer 'to-do' list is get my truck painted, so it shouldn't be an issue in about a month!! :)
 
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

my truck is doing the same thing - i have no clue why (i've got an '89)

on my summer 'to-do' list is get my truck painted, so it shouldn't be an issue in about a month!! :)
my '93 is getting bad, the hood is almost all peelin off and same with the roof. I think it's another flaw in these trucks.

Nice truck by the way. Gotta love a red OBS.
 
Mar 31, 2012
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Re: 96 chevy 1500 4x4 build

alright an update is way overdue. i havent had time to put the headers on yet but my truck developed an exhaust leak at the flange behind the cats and i need to get it inspected so i ordered high flow cats and i will be putting the headers on this week along with a new 2.5in pipe back to the muffler, then it will pass. also i have decided to do a 383 stroker swap keepin my stock heads (rebuilt, ported and polished of course) and still using the holley mpfi intake manifold i mentioned earlier. im hoping for around 450 hp which i was told by an performance engine builder is perfectly doable. i would also need to build the stock 4l60e and i want to swap a 12 bolt with posi for the rear end. i will post an exhaust clip after i put in the headers this week.