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Got the solution for the rear track bar worked out.

1-1/2" x 1/4" DOM adjustable with heim joints.
The axle measured 1-1/2" out to the passenger side with the lift springs. To split that difference it needed to be 3/4" longer.
So I made it 1/2" longer fully collapsed, That'll give me wiggle room for adjustment. Plus maybe if I ever go higher lift it'll have plenty of length left to add.

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And got started on the gears.
Just some used 3.73s to match the rear ratio.
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My wife was driving my GMC and got rear-ended and now it's totaled. She was stopped, little old guy in a Rav4 hit her from behind at 45mph without touching the brakes. Totally destroyed his car.

Frame's totally bent, and on an '03 that's it for the truck. Won't be worth fixing. Man I liked that truck too
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I wanted to have the SAS done this weekend, but I've been dealing with that.
 

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Well my torsion bars never could do this...
And there was still 3 or so inches until the bump stop. Here's my brother for reference
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Measuring to the fenders front and rear are within 1/8" in height


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Got the solution for the rear track bar worked out.

1-1/2" x 1/4" DOM adjustable with heim joints.
The axle measured 1-1/2" out to the passenger side with the lift springs. To split that difference it needed to be 3/4" longer.
So I made it 1/2" longer fully collapsed, That'll give me wiggle room for adjustment. Plus maybe if I ever go higher lift it'll have plenty of length left to add.

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And got started on the gears.
Just some used 3.73s to match the rear ratio.
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My wife was driving my GMC and got rear-ended and now it's totaled. She was stopped, little old guy in a Rav4 hit her from behind at 45mph without touching the brakes. Totally destroyed his car.

Frame's totally bent, and on an '03 that's it for the truck. Won't be worth fixing. Man I liked that truck too
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I wanted to have the SAS done this weekend, but I've been dealing with that.
That’s what my truck looked like when I bought it. Drove it home 200 miles like that, without a hiccup.

When I unbolted the bed, all the dents came out by themselves. Chopped off the back half and put a new one on.

Body shops were also really cheap, seems to be a common bent in the trucks when they get rear ended.
 

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I more than most am capable of fixing it.

But still not worth the time or expense for such an old high mileage truck.

I've still got my '01 Tahoe, and my '18 Silverado. It's time to let this one go. It made it past 400,000 miles, can't complain about that.

With everything in the truck at nearly half a million miles, i probably won't even buy it back for spare parts.
 

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Just a before and after.
The differences in appearances are probably more due to the fact that i lifted it 3.5" and changed tires, not so much because it has a solid axle
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And just a couple different angles
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I more than most am capable of fixing it.

But still not worth the time or expense for such an old high mileage truck.

I've still got my '01 Tahoe, and my '18 Silverado. It's time to let this one go. It made it past 400,000 miles, can't complain about that.

With everything in the truck at nearly half a million miles, i probably won't even buy it back for spare parts.
You said you like the thing.
 

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I might also really like a burrito that I'm eating that's almost gone. But if it gets knocked out of my hands into a pile of dog crap. I'm going to say "man i really liked that burrito"

Rather than expend the effort to employ disproportionate professional skill and knowledge to somehow sanitize it. I'm going to shrug my shoulders and maybe go get another one, maybe not. I did get to enjoy most of the burrito before it got ruined.
 

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WTF lol.

I dig the truck. Only thing I'd change is rattle can all of that red black then wheel it until I break something.
 
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It was almost blue.

The diff cover was already powder coated red. And the blue POR15 caliper paint turned out to be a horrible color. That was $15 down the drain.

So red ended up happening.

At least i didn't use the exact same wheels that I also have a set powder coated in red too. That would have been wuh-hayy too much.


And thank you for saying that you dig it.

I didn't think it would win a ton of fans because it's pretty low, with small tires.

And most guys want to see "big huge truck" when they think "solid axle swap"
 

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Actually I think a small lift SAS like this and TMANs is more interesting than a huge one. I like that it’s still daily useable.
 

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Also I dropped it off to the alignment shop today. It was close to closing so it won't be until tomorrow.

The place i use "alignment specialists" is about 10 miles away on the freeway.

Despite not being aligned any closer than with an eyeball and a tape measure. It cruised 70mph smoothly, and I hit every bump and pothole i could find. Many of which i hit with no hands on the wheel.

So track bar geometry is pretty good. If it wasn't, it would show in high speed bumps.

I imagine it'll only get better once it's aligned.
 

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Actually I think a small lift SAS like this and TMANs is more interesting than a huge one. I like that it’s still daily useable.
It's flattering to be compared to a build like his. Tman's build is pretty dang cool.
 

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I might also really like a burrito that I'm eating that's almost gone. But if it gets knocked out of my hands into a pile of dog crap. I'm going to say "man i really liked that burrito"

Rather than expend the effort to employ disproportionate professional skill and knowledge to somehow sanitize it. I'm going to shrug my shoulders and maybe go get another one, maybe not. I did get to enjoy most of the burrito before it got ruined.
But if you dropped that burrito on questionable concrete, like you did here, yea I’ma eat it.
 
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But if you dropped that burrito on questionable concrete, like you did here, yea I’ma eat it.
You know, that's fair.

Maybe the next guy will "10-second-rule" this truck from the insurance auction. And get a good deal on a GMC truck.

The wife drove that more than I did once she decided she liked the suicide back doors for getting kids in the backseat, and the bed for getting groceries.

Sadly she got me to buy her a 2012 Ram1500 short bed she had her eye on.

The wreck was Friday at 1:30, by 6:30 she had already picked out the Ram.

It was a hard sell for me. But the price was right, and a comparable Chevy was $15,000 more. And I'm not a millionaire, so the Ram won.

The payment is still higher than i wanted. Because before it was no payment.
 

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That is an interesting turn of events.
 
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