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Chevy S10 - GMC S15 and Sonoma Accessories & Modifications



  • Are you sure you don't mean the 3.4 liter engine? Cause if thats the case there is a little modification needed. I still use the 2.8 carb, with no problems. The one modification you do need is to install an electric fuel pump. When you do this, do not install it in the engine compartment (vapor lock), place it along the frame (unexposed) on the drivers side. No more vapor lock!
  • definitely go for a 4.3. I mean, the 2.8 is a great motor not withstanding, a 4.3 is just all around a better motor, i have an 89 with a 4.3, and i occasionally tow cars with it using a tow dolly. but the best reason i can give you to go with a 4.3 is the fact that it's based off of the 5.7 350 V8. it's the same damn thing, but missing two cylinders in essence. but i'd say find a carbureted 4.3, but if you can't, then consider yourself lucky that your truck is carbureted, cuz you could still change over a TBI 4.3 to carbureted, which would be best because there wouldn't be a ton of fuel system mods involved, and the carbureted 4.3's breathe better. i'd suggest going with an edelbrock intake and 4BBL 500cfm carb. you'll be happy with it. I hope i've sold you on that. the 4.3 honestly is the best V6 made.
  • just wait till those 20s start wearing your brakes, shocks, steering linkage and god knows what else to all hell, you'll be loving them then. word from the wise, put on some 15" magnum style wheels that actually have more than an inch of tire between the road and your overpriced, oversized wheel. trust me on this, your brakes WILL wear faster with 20" wheels, 20s are much heavier than 15s, any way you slice it, and when it's rolling down the road and it comes time for you to hit those brakes, your brakes have to work much harder to stop the 20" rim, because there is more rotating mass. and they look grotesque on trucks.
  • whatever you do, don't get another 2.2, you'll be wasting your money. they're crap. throw a V6 in it. GM knows how to make a great V6, but i wouldn't trust a 4 cylinder of theirs as far as i could juggle it. bite the bullet and find a W code 4.3
  • Go for the v-6 , better resale value & you can pull a heavier load & close to same mileage .HTH
  • Just curious as to how many modifications are needed to install a rear swing out tire carrier on a '95 4dr Blazer and approximate time for the install. I have purchased a recycled carrier off of a '96 Blazer and have some of the parts, but need to find the strike plate and a couple extra bolts.
  • OLD Indian Trick:

    put the lugnuts on and leave them loose about one turn

    drive slowly around the block

    stop and check if the rim has come loose

    if it hasnt; drive around the block again

    repeat till it comes loose

    this will work for axles and brake drums too.
  • I have a '94 S-10 pickup and wish to put a '98 one piece bumper on it.
    It looks like I can remove the plastic corners and the short bumper and replace it with the
    long one piece newer bumper, brackets and all. Anyone have any experience?
  • there was no 3.4 in 85. at least not a chevy motor. maybe a pontiac or buick or caddy, but no chevy 3.4 v6 was available in those days. the 3.4 didn't rear it's ugly head until the early 90s.
  • you will need a stronger carburetor. if I was in your situation, i'd crown the engine with an aluminum edelbrock intake and a 500 cfm edelbrock 4 barrel carb. it'll be real quick on its own, and it'll pull all day. it may sound like going a little overboard, but trust me, the 4.3's run very lean. with that setup, you'd prolly get 17 city/ 20 highway.
  • i have a 92 s10 tbi what do i need to convert to carburated....
  • go with teh 4.3 they are amazing engines and have balls
  • i have an 89 blazer s10 31 mud country tires an 3 in body lift blew the 2.8 an the kit to go to a 350 too much$ can i put the 4.3 in its place as long as it came out of a 5 speed truck the same as mine it has the borg warner t5
  • what about the bell housig will the 4.3 line up to the t5 tranny
  • s10cw6s10cw6 Posts: 1
    I've got a 1994 S-10 with a 4.3L V6, the trucks in awesome condition, and its got balls too. I am looking to do some mod's to it but i want to keep it very street looking, none of the rice crap. I have a full custom exhaust, and put a nice set of wheels on it, but does anyone have any ideas for the engine, interior, or exterior?
  • mattv1mattv1 Posts: 12
    I am taking out the 2.5 and dropping in either a 305 or 350. what all do I need to do to get it to fit and run right. Can I use stock trans and rear end for now. Should I go carburated or fuel injection
  • I would love to take my S-10 Mudding, but I need to lift it to fit 31x10.5 wheels under it. How high would I need to lift it and what type of rims would be able to support the ruggedness of mudding? Also, what brand of lift kits are reliable? Which would be better for mudding, and a body or chassis lift? Thanks.
  • Ok I have had my s10 lowered for about 4 years now! Im having some problems and wanted to know if everyone has the same problems!

    Ok well when I dropped it I used springs and blocks, 4" drop! I put new rims and toyo directional tires on it! Well I had to have the transmission rebuilt because they said the drop put too much strain on my transmission and they say that it will always shift hard in second no matter what I do simply because it is lowered! Its not really that bad but its not great either!

    Also now I have noticed that the inside of my front tires are wearing fast where the rest of the tires are still perfect! My husband screwed my rims on too tight one time and it bent my rims very slightly so they are saying its because of the rims and because it is dropped that if I want to keep a set of tires I need to raise it back up, but obviously I dont want to do that!! And the rims were expensive and I like them so I really dont want to replace them! But they are giving me crap saying that it is just unsafe! Hell Its been like this for 4 years, never a problem, if I have to change the tires every other year, oh well! And noone wants to do an alignment for me since it is dropped, not that the alignment is bad its just that it seems like I have a lot of pressure on the inner tire, where it would obviously be a lot better if it were evenly distributed!

    Anyone else have any problems like this!
  • I have a 98 s10 2.2 but it is automatic! The only problem I had was with the transmission it was slipping in second! That was at about 100000 miles (but mine is also lowered which they said promoted the problem) But I LOVE my truck! Its relatively easy to work on! and gets great gas mileage! My truck will last forever with just simple maintenance! They are great trucks!
  • I have a Chevy S10 ZR2 model. I would like to lift my truck so that I can put 33" tires on instead of the stock 31". Anybody have recomendations for what type of lift, I would prefer a suspension lift over a body lift, but all suggestions are welcome!
  • I have a 2001 chevy s-10 that has 7 inches of lift on it. Ever since it has been lifted it has been eating ball joints. I was looking on the net the other day and i saw a lower control arm kit for a three inch supension lift. I was wondering if i put the extended lower control arm on the truck would it take care of the angle issues and take care of my ball joint problem? My only issue with this is i have a fabtech lift and the lower control arm is not made by fabtech so would it work in conjunction with my fabtech lift. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
  • for the convert you can't use the 2.5 tranny, a 350 turbo or anything that will match with a v-8 and the rear end depends what is the ratio on it . and i know jegs have a convert kit that will let it slide right in with out to much modding just beat the fire wall and trim the pinch weld by the fire wall and carb is the best way to go for but its your choice its cheaper than fuel injected.
  • The first thing My driving instructor in the Army told me was that the only thing four wheel drive was good for was getting stuck somewhere that you would not go had you not had it. You've made the right choice with 2WD and should'nt need the hooks anyway. Since most of the time a vehicke needs to be pulled backward from which it is mired a frame-mount tow hitch serves doubble duty with the proper accy's.
  • just ordered pace-edwards bed cover,anyone who has removed rails from top of bed?
  • read your post on bed cover, i just ordered cover for zr5. did your truck have bed rails? if so,did you have to modify?
  • I have a 93 S10 4x4 with a mild V8. This is a working truck/daily driver. It has the stock suspension and I have an offer to buy a 95 ZR2 rear axle. A front sway bar (35mm) and rear leaf springs off a 2003 S10 4x4 ZR5(?) crew cab for a good price. I know the ZR2 will extend 2 inches beyond each wheel well and I'll have to change the axle ratio to match my front drive. But other than that will these parts bolt up? Thanx.
  • go to there click on s10 you will find alot of ideas. roger
  • I have a 98 4.3 & i want to install a autometer 5" tach
    on the dash. where do I get the inward pulse to the tach.
    some one told me that the wire is by the coil. then another
    person told me no that would burn my tach up----he said it is on the ECM. I just need a real anwser I dont want to burn up a $150 tach or the ECM .........HELP!!!
  • I have a 1986 2.5 S-10 fuel injected. It's blown, and I can't find one anywhere in a junkyard. Does anyone know any motors that would be interchangable?.....Please help this motor problems holding up the whole trucks completion.
  • Hi, 1993 S10 2.8 Ext Cab. Recently purchased. The driver and passenger seats fold forward without having to operate the levers. They sit upright when someone is sitting in them but do not lock securely into position. Is this a design flaw or has something been disengaged?
    Any help would be appreciated.
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