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Offline jwseiberlich

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New here , K10 guy
« on: March 06, 2023, 11:50:58 PM »
Hey all,

New here from south jersey .   Check out my Ď85 K10.   Thinking of doing a 4bt Cummins conversion on her with a manual .  Thinking Iíll
Add K20 springs front and rear and her at 14 bolt Semi floater  for the rear-  thoughts on ďconvertingĒ from K10 to K20?


Offline jwseiberlich

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Re: New here , K10 guy
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2023, 11:53:01 PM »



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Offline jwseiberlich

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Re: New here , K10 guy
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Re: New here , K10 guy
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2023, 05:28:09 AM »
Welcome

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Offline Mike81K10

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Re: New here , K10 guy
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2023, 08:22:22 AM »
Welcome from AL. You may want to keep what you have and get another K20 or K30 to do the mods, something with a stronger frame. Then again VZ or a few others would be able to give better advice.
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Offline Mr Diesel

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Re: New here , K10 guy
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2023, 08:29:05 AM »
It looks good just like that. I would leave it alone and just drive it and enjoy it.
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Re: New here , K10 guy
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2023, 09:01:36 AM »
Welcome from Tucson AZ!   (I too would leave it as is)
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Offline jwseiberlich

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Re: New here , K10 guy
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2023, 11:01:10 AM »
Springs are tired and need to be replaced anyway , same with the beat 305.   Current set up is a 700r4 and a Corp 10 bolt.

So, if Iím changing parts anyway why not upgrade?  As for frame iíve read before that essentially the 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton are the same, with changes made to driveline/springs/brakes.

Has anyone had both a K10 and a K20 and can confirm this?


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Re: New here , K10 guy
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2023, 09:03:38 PM »
Welcome from SoCal the land of fruits and nuts...

What is your aim? Daily, work, what?

Let that determine your changes.

Nice ride, look forward to your progress.  8)
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Re: New here , K10 guy
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2023, 09:39:05 PM »
Good question - aim is a solid driver , not daily but often.  Not looking to win races but would love some good torque and fuel efficiency that a diesel offers

And Will use truck as a tow rig (boat or camper).  This rig is also my Home Depot running truck , Iíve been known to source things like heavy pavers/bricks with it.    Hereís a pic of the truck loaded to the wheelwells with bricks from a demolished factory in fishtown, Philadelphia .   Interestingly , but not surprisingly , I dropped a U joint the following day .     

Simply, Iíd love to beef up the entire truck and make it last a long , long time .

But There wonít be any crazy off roading or abuse of the vehicle, but she gets worked from time to time- itís a truck, afterall .





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