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Anyone lifted an '87 s-10?

we have an '87 s-10 4x4 that we used as our hunting truck. ive been wanting to lift it and turn it into a mudding truck. the only problem is the independant front suspension, it seems like too much work to get it in the air. has anyone done this? or possibly done a solid axle swap out of a jeep? or similar size vehical?
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Solid axle is best way. Just put some big blocks in the rear with some traction bars.

Leaf spring the front and it's not very hard to do at all for a mud truck. Now getting things perfect for a daily driver is a whole nother issue.

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Probably should just drive that thing in the lake and let the catfish live in it; then start with something else. Jeep, Bronco, F150, etc

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Solid axle is best way. Just put some big blocks in the rear with some traction bars.

Leaf spring the front and it's not very hard to do at all for a mud truck. Now getting things perfect for a daily driver is a whole nother issue.
do you know what the best donor vehical would be? its going to be trailered on trips longer than 5 miles...

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Probably should just drive that thing in the lake and let the catfish live in it; then start with something else. Jeep, Bronco, F150, etc
haha well it was given to us, so we plan to make the most out of a free toy

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Do a solid axle swap using the older leaf sprung jeep wrangler as a doner. I promis that all this will be cheaper then buying a real lift kit for it!

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Do a solid axle swap using the older leaf sprung jeep wrangler as a doner. I promis that all this will be cheaper then buying a real lift kit for it!
i know, and i dont think that the ifs would be very reliable when im driving the pi$$ out of it in the mud

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doner axle is a dana 30 or a 35 out of a yj. they did it in 4 wheeler magizine a few years ago there is a company that makes a kit for about a grand, plus the axle. was going to do it to my s-10. decided fullsize was easier way to go. does it have a 4.3 or 2.8 v6?
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that would prob be the next thing to swap out, it has some donor 4cyl out of a car

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i ask because the 4.3 one has a little better rear end than the other models. i will try to find out more on the swap and post it up here. exactly which axle an who makes the kit.
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