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Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by ZombieCleaner » Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:29 pm

My fellow D00D3S, I need some opinions and input.

I already have an 80's model (like 87-88) model chevy suburban.

My ideas for it are as follows:
OD Green paint job
powder coat the wheels black
tent the shizzle out of the back windows, and bolt lexan to the inside

and heres the kicker, it's 2WD, and I was wondering what a junkyard estimate would be to turn it to 4WD.

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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by HHaase » Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:57 pm

Realistically, it would be cheaper and easier in the long term to just sell it and get a 4wd truck. Or if you want to do a conversion, try and track down a whole truck for the parts, it would work out cheaper than individually buying the front end, transfer case and new tailhousing for the transmission.

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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by URBAN ASSAULT » Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:58 pm

I agree it would probably be easier to start with a true 4x4 Suburban, and it probably wont be hard to find one because the cost of big gas hogs has been dropping like a rock.

A word of advice, make sure you wait until you you can buy a 3/4 ton-2500 model 4x4, instead of the 1/2 ton-1500 model. The axles(especially the rear) are much stronger in the 3/4 ton.

I had a 1/2 4x4 Sub and had nothing but serious trouble with my rear axle.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Suburban platform, it is a very versatile rig for customizing and off-road use, but the 2500 would be a much better vehicle to start with.

One with barn doors instead of the horizontal tailgate would be a big plus too.

You can put a spare tire on one door, and a water/gas can on the other. The door hinges are nice and strong, and should take the weight easily. Good luck to you.

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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by M1aMatt » Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:15 pm

I think I would want one with the window on top. That way you can open the window and shoot out the back (if necessary). And you could plate the bottom tailgate piece.

Sorry, I think about these things too much. It's a disease. Barn doors would probably realistically be better.
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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by URBAN ASSAULT » Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:58 pm

M1aMatt wrote:I think I would want one with the window on top. That way you can open the window and shoot out the back (if necessary). And you could plate the bottom tailgate piece.
You could actually do the same idea with the barn doors.

Just remove both rear windows and put in pieces of plate with a covered firing port.

You could get more elaborate and make a view hole out of thick polycarbonate above the firing port.

Armor the inside bottom of the doors with another piece of plate, or even some kevlar to keep the weight down.

I generally don't like tailgates because it is just one more electrical item that can break down. Barn doors are so much simpler.

I always wanted to do the same replacement idea with those long side rear windows. Very weak spot on the vehicle, and expensive to replace if the glass breaks.

As long as you have access to a wire-feed machine and some time, you could come up with some really interesting armor mods for a Suburban.

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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by Gunfighter1 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:04 am

4x4 conversion is doable. Youll need the front axle and steering componets, transfer case, cross member and tail shaft adapter or the whole 4x4 transmission. youll alos need some fabrication skills to make new front spring hangers. If you got a welder and know how to use it it shouldnt be too hard of a process. Youll have to cut a hole in the floor for the t-case shifter too. Where you planning on getting your lexan too? YOu got a good source for them, if so PM me leme know.
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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by ImfromtheGovt » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:11 am

M1aMatt wrote:I think I would want one with the window on top. That way you can open the window and shoot out the back (if necessary). And you could plate the bottom tailgate piece.

Sorry, I think about these things too much. It's a disease. Barn doors would probably realistically be better.
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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by LtCmdLeia » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:29 am

My DH converted my '89 burb to 4x4. If you want I'll have him tell me everything he did and estimate costs for you when he gets home.

brb, gotta take a new pic for ya. The pic of it on the BOV porn thread is now outdated as he has upped it to 3/4 ton and put on 35's now.
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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by LtCmdLeia » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:42 am

When I bought it (2wd)
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1/2 ton 4x4 a few months ago
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Today 3/4 ton (it's hard for me to get into right now, since the stepsides won't fit with 35's so DH is gonna put nerf bars on side soon)
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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by Aeon » Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:08 pm

Why not buy a real broken down piece of rubbish, make up some sob story and submit yourslef to pimp-my-ride like everyone else?

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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by Gunfighter1 » Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:38 am

Aeon wrote:Why not buy a real broken down piece of rubbish, make up some sob story and submit yourslef to pimp-my-ride like everyone else?
Because then the only thing that would happen to it would be a gay colored paint job, some 26 inch rims and more tv's screens than a damn movie theatre. Nothing practical ever gets put on. But that gives me an idea for a new tv show!! PAW my ride, where people submit there cars and we prep them for the oncoming apocalypse. We can make turret mounts, armor up doors and mount flamethrowers under the rocker panels. Whos in?
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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by ImfromtheGovt » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:18 am

Gunfighter1 wrote:
Aeon wrote:Why not buy a real broken down piece of rubbish, make up some sob story and submit yourslef to pimp-my-ride like everyone else?
Because then the only thing that would happen to it would be a gay colored paint job, some 26 inch rims and more tv's screens than a damn movie theatre. Nothing practical ever gets put on. But that gives me an idea for a new tv show!! PAW my ride, where people submit there cars and we prep them for the oncoming apocalypse. We can make turret mounts, armor up doors and mount flamethrowers under the rocker panels. Whos in?
I volunteer my car for the first episode! :)
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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by ZombieCleaner » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:28 am

Leia, that 3/4 ton is sexxxy :lol:

Between my new girlfriend (told myself I'd never waste my time with one) and having to pay the taxes and insurance on my 01' GMC, I don't think I'll be able to do anything to the burban for quite some time.

I appreciate everybody's input, it's just a shame I wont be able to put it to use.
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Re: Suburban 4x4 conversion

Post by gtflash » Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:01 pm

ZombieCleaner wrote:Leia, that 3/4 ton is sexxxy :lol:

Between my new girlfriend (told myself I'd never waste my time with one) and having to pay the taxes and insurance on my 01' GMC, I don't think I'll be able to do anything to the burban for quite some time.

I appreciate everybody's input, it's just a shame I wont be able to put it to use.
You know, even if it is a long while before you can do the conversion you could still put a good set of all-terrain or mud terrain tires along with a winch and may be a locker in the rear end and go just about anywhere you'll need to go. Just an idea to tide you over till you can afford the conversion.

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