03/25/05: On luck of the Irish we found our new
shop truck at Vandergriff Toyota. It had 39,178 miles on
it. The problems that we found with it were: wrong size
tires, passenger side skirt loose, exhaust tip missing,
wear mark in drivers carpet, wrong battery, and minor oil
pan leak at front. Shocks are a little worn, but can wait.
We worked out a deal and drove it home that night.
Part list options: INJIS7020P,
03/27/05: The discussion on what to fix first has
begun. After hashing out different ideas it's come down
to replacing the stock muffler and tires on our Chevy S-10
pickup. We are going to have it replaced with a 2.5 inlet
and dual 2 inch outlet muffler. Both exits will sweep to
the passenger side and have side by side tips. Possible
mufflers to use: FLO9425502,
03/27/05: Tires on the Chevy S-10 pickup were the
wrong size at 225/50/16's (835 revs per mile). The guy before
us must have been cheap. The S-10 truck should have had
235/55/16's on it. Smaller diameter than stock and the result
is more mileage on the vehicle. Assuming that they have
been on the truck for 20k miles, then an extra 952 miles
are on the odometer. Plus your speedo reads fast. Bigger
tires than stock and the speedo reads slow and cops will
love you doing the speed limit, as you will actually be
speeding. If you change the diameter of your tires then
we recommend that you use a programmer by Hypertech
to adjust the size of tire. Keeps you out of trouble with
Johnny Law and less stress on the drivetrain.
We figured it might be fun to get a little more traction
and are going to use Falken Ziex
ZE-512 255/50/16's, which puts the tire at 26.04 inches
in diameter 799 revs per mile.
04/01/05: Problem is getting the Falken tires. We
are still waiting for some to become available. We'll just
go ahead and use some BF Goodrich Traction
T/A's in P235/55R16 for now.
04/02/05: We took a leftover Flowmaster and welded
it up today. We cut out the stock exhaust about 6 inches
forward and put the new muffer in it's place. The original
hanger location is near center of the new muffler. No tips
added yet. We are thinking of dumping them out to the side
just in front of the passenger rear tire. Here are other
muffler options you can use on your Chevy S-10: FLO9425502,
We did a dyno run before and after. Starting with a stock
HP of 147.4 and Torque 202.4. The gain of the muffler was
10.4 HP (new HP 157.8). We weren't able to get a torque
read on 2nd run, as the dyno was acting up. If we do the
math the gain was 1.07% over stock on the HP, so the new
torque should be around 216.6?
04/05/05: Since no carpet mats were included we
used a set of Nifty
Catch All front mats in our S-10 pickup. There is carpet
wear on heel point to the gas pedal and we didn't want it
to get worse. Easy installation.
04/09/05: The brakes have been soft due to a loose
line just under the master cylinder. Tightened that up.
Brakes still need the lines bled to get rid of air bubbles,
but the brakes are better now. We also fixed the headlight
on the passengers side. It had been pointing up quite a
bit, due to it being out of it's bracket holes on the bottom.
Battery tray was loose, so it was fixed at the same time.
We added a Varad LED bulb to the dome light part # VARAL211LPRE.
We also added a Airaid throttlebody spacer. Part # ARD200580,
which was a fairly easy install. Just don't put the short
stud replacement in the front like we did. Had to pull everything
back apart to get it out. It goes in the back position.
The replacement studs are finger tightened then the nuts
added. When you tighten down the nuts the studs will do
05/06/05: The brakes have still been soft. Turns
out it was the proportioning valve that was bad. Once that
was replace the brakes work great. We've also been checking
the gas mileage and on average it gets 16 mpg to 17 mpg.
05/18/05: The new plates are in. It's an X-Wing
08/17/05: We were playing with the Spectre SPT8810
custom air intake kit today. We came up with the following
parts that should be used to do an air intake for our Chevy
S-10 4.3L: SPT9132,
08/19/05: We got the parts in and put it together
tonight. We used part #'s: SPT9132
(P3 Cone Filter), SPT8668
(60 elbow), SPT8728
(22 elbow), SPT8701
(Universal Bracket Kit), SPT8738
(45 Elbow), SPT8718
(6" Straight), and SPT8772
(Intake Hose Couplers x3). Turns out we didn't need SPT8772
(Air Sensor Mount), as it didn't have the right hole or
adapter for the sensor. Probably should have used part SPT8711
(Vacuum/Sensor Adapter Kit) to help. We are going to tap
one of the pipes and add a rubber grommet to the pipe then
plug in the sensor. We forgot part SPT8703
(T Bolt Clamp) to help secure the pipe and forgot to get
(Gear Drive Clamps x3) to clamp the silcon hose.
It was a miracle to get the silcon hose adapters
on the MAF sensor. WD40 helps, but don't get it on
the sensors inside. Also, do not drop, bang or damage
the MAF in anyway, because it ain't cheap to replace.
The silcon hose we used are actually Injen leftovers
we had and aren't as flexable as the correct hoses.
We need to use the Gear Drive clamps to better secure
all of it together. Also, each piece comes with a
coupler, so you don't need to purchase them seperate.
It came out a little long. Instead of a SPT8718
we should have used a SPT8708.
Right now it's buried down at the bottom of the space
It works, but the check engine light did come on.
We haven't secured the piping yet with the bracket.
We believe that the check engine light came on due
the sensor not being in place. Makes a great "Phoop"
sucking noise like from a turbo car. Definitly took
the hesitation out of the engine.
If you have the option of a kit made by K&N KNN5730172
or another company for your vehicle, then we would
recommend it, but if there isn't one on the market
for your car or if you want to create a custom kit
then the Spectre system is really a great choice!
08/24/05: We've had some troubles over the last
few days. Mainly due to our own short sightness. The upper
left hose going into the black plastic duct kept coming
out. The truck would stall. After alot of researching only
Vibrant part # VIB2774R
would work. It took a couple of days to get one in and slapped
it on today. Big difference.
The day before we took some time and put in the air intake
bracket kit SPT8701.
Also, went ahead and pulled out the SPT8738
45 degree elbow, which made the whole thing fit better.
We tapped one of the pipes and added a rubber grommet to
fit the O2 sensor. Final pictures of our custom air intake
for our Chevy S-10 pickup truck below.
09/01/05: Been checking our gas mileage on the Chevy
S-10 like I'm sure everyone has been. We are averaging 15
to 17 mpg in the city/highway combined. We just got from
a trip with the intake installed and averaged 21.5 mpg.
Average speed around 75mph to 80mph.
11/16/05: Finally got around to replacing the stock
radio, the unit had a messed up display. Stuck in a old
Panasonic CD deck and MTX amp that we had laying around.
Used the following parts to install it all: METPBT4N,
We've got an old box which won't fit, so the two 10"
Kenwoods will have to wait till we find something that will
fit. We also replaced the crappy battery with an Optima
Red Top Battery OPT9022091.
11/25/05: Ok, I like the stock S10 Xtreme wheels.
I hadn't planned on replacing them, but hey! We sell wheels
and tires. Also, we had a two new BFGoodrich
g-force KDW NT 295/35ZR18's
that a customer swapped for 275/35ZR18's for his widebody
Two tires that are the perfect diameter for the rear of
the S10. Would they fit? We had to find some wheels that
would work for the width. It took some time, as the bolt
pattern, size and offset are not common with wheel makers.
Most wheels that would work are for the older Camaro/Firebirds
that are pre-1992. Rarely are they made over a 16"
size. Wheels that fit the newer Camaro/Firebird's are the
wrong offset at an average of +40mm. Bolt pattern for an
S10 is 5x4.75 inches or 5x120.5 millimeters.
The wheels we decided to use on our Chevy S10 Xtreme are
chrome wheels with a +10mm offset, which is about a 5 3/16
backspacing. We decided to use these, but had to test fit
them with the tires mounted to make sure of clearances.
The 295 tires require a 9.0 inch minimum wheel, but we did
squeeze them on to the 8.5 width. Talk about a fat tire
Next was if they would clear everything. They do except
for two screws that hold the gas tank in place. They come
through the frame and had to be trimmed down to make sure
they didn't contact the tire. See the pictures below. Bolts
circled in yellow had to be trimmed.
Through all our research for max wheel size fitment for
the S10 we came up with the following information:
1) Your maximum backspacing cannot be more than 5 5/8 inches,
2) With the stock wheel and tire in place you only have
1.75 inches of clearance on the backside from tire to nut
for screw that hold the gas tank.
3) Max forward would be 4.5 inches from mounting point and
you will have to notch the plastic fender on the Xtreme's.
18x8 @ 0mm offset is a 4.5 backspacing
18x8.5 @ +5mm offset is a 4 15/16 backspacing
18x9 @ +10mm offset is a 5 3/8 backspacing
18x9 @ 0mm offset is a 5 inch backspacing
20x10 @ +6mm offset is a 5.73 backspacing
Best 18" Tires Sizes @ ~26.0 inch size:
Tire is 26.18" (STOCK)
265/40/18 Tire is 26.35: and can be used as alternate
Tire is 26.03 which is perfect
Tire is 26.13 which is perfect
Tire is 25.7" and can be used as alternate
Our final was the 18x8.5 American
wheels, with a 245/40ZR18
on the front and a 295/35ZR18
on the rear. The 245's are some leftover Kumho
Ecsta Supra 712's taken from the project
GTI for the front. The rear's are the BF
Goodrich g-Force KDW NT 295's. The result .... awesome!
12/01/05: Took a Hypertech
programmer that was on previous truck of mine and loaded
it into the S10. Part # HYP30019 (Now part HYP32000).
Really helped wake this truck up more. Firmed up the shifts
and recalibrated the tires to the 25.75 inches of the front.
Loaded the 97 octane performance program. Can't break the
295's loose on a standing start. Just sits and goes. Half
way through the tank, so I'll update the gas mileage. Probably
won't be too good as I've been having some fun!
01/12/06: Took the time to get the bed Rhino lined.
The original owner used it seriously and there were tons
of scratchs, dents, and metal showing. From crappy to brand
new in four hours!
01/14/06: We took an old Hidden Hitch # HIH82571
we had for an S10 and put it into place today. Had to remove
the rollpan so to really be able to beat and bang it into
place. If you scrub the outer frame rails first it can help,
in that you don't have a bunch of road crud falling into
your eyes. Be sure to wear safety glasses. We'll cut the
hole later and install a plate flip.
We finished off the bed rails with some Wade caps: Tailgate,
Front, and Side Rails. The Side Rail Caps are part number
Front Bed Cap
WDE11171, Tailgate Cap WDE1171
Really has put the finishing touch to the Rhino liner. Below
is a couple of pictures before and after on the tailgate
01/24/06: Taking my daughter to her grandmothers
for the day and was heading up FM1382 in Grand Prairie.
Now I know that there is a police station up the road and
the police are always traveling up and down that section
of FM1382 to get to I-20. You really don't speed there no
matter how attractive of straight run it is although I have
Had the cruise control set for 53mph, which is three above
the speed limit. As I'm getting up to the bridge area a
police car is coming the other way. As he passes he hits
the lights and starts to turn around. Ok, it isn't me I'm
not speeding. Well, as he starts coming up behind me I get
that sinking feeling that I'm the target. Sure enough comes
up and hits the siren. At this point I'm already getting
ready to use the turn signal and get over a lane and find
a place to turn in. Pulled into this one street and forward
enough, so he can pull in behind me.
He comes up after checking out the rear of the truck.
Asks for the license and registration. I hand it over to
him and ask the stupid question, "Why did you pull
me sir?" Of course, he says speeding, doing 60 in a
50. I respond that I was only doing 53 with the cruise control
set, that I'm not stupid and know that the GP police patrol
the road. He just asks me to wait and goes to run my license.
Now, as I'm sitting there waiting for him I know that I'm
clean. No outstandings or anything. I'm also thinking that
maybe I didn't get the rear tires calibrated correctly with
the programmer. Didn't chalk them and went by the front
OD book listed diameter instead of the rear. Then I realize,
that he didn't check my registration sticker or tags. About
this time he comes back and lets me off with a warning.
I'm stunned. I haven't heard that in over 15 years. I drive
off on my merry way in some kind of shock and disbelief
thinking it must be my lucky day.
Well, latter that day I measured the tire length on the
rear wheels. Sure enough it's off by .5 of an inch. I had
originally calibrated by the front which was a mistake,
as the speed odometer is measured at the transmission output.
The best way to get the tire size right is to measure the
tire like they say in the Hypertech manual. Chalk and move
the vehicle till the chalk point comes full rotation. I
got a measurement of 79 3/8's, which is 25.25 diameter.
Would explain why the gas mileage didn't get any better.
Been averaging 15 to 17mph still after the programmer and
wheels. I'll run and couple of tanks and see how much it
I pulled out the Hypertech programmer HYP30019
and reloaded the program and made the changes. I tested
it by driving along side a buddy with stock wheels and tires
to make sure I had it correct this time.
06/14/06: Inspection time. The front Kumho's are worn out,
so we replaced them with a pair of Falken
Azenis RT-615's in a 255/40R18. This was also a better tire
diameter than the 245's. Nice looking tires and definitely
Truck passed inspection even with the Hypertech program
Oh these tires are fun. On ramps and Off ramps and 75+mph on the
long clover ones. Short circles are about 45 to 50 mph. Need to
space the rear wheels with the BFG's a 1/4 inch, as they are rubbing
some in the hard turns..
07/07/06: I took the throttlebody out of the truck
and bored it out and added a replacment blade to get rid
of the air restriction. There is a large air restrictor
on the back side of the butterfly. Take that sucker off.
There is a huge throttle respond in the engine. That is
the best cheapest modification you can do is get rid of
09/21/06: Talk about troubles. I had a flat tire on the
passengers side front about a week ago. I had been taking
my daughter to school. Didn't have spare or tools, so I
just crept along at 10 mhp for a half mile. Changed it with
one of the extra Xtreme wheels and went on to work. Inspected
it, dipped it and we couldn't find the leak. Took the tire/wheel
apart and sure enough it had shredded on the inside. Kind
of figured it had from the noise and shouldn't have driven
that far on it..So, I get another tire, but I haven't had
time to mount it.
Anyway a week later, I'm leaving work and get maybe a mile
from the shop and the truck starts pulling to the right.
I slow down and get it into the first turn in, within 50
yards of me first realizing it.. By that time it's a little
making noise. Damned, did it shred again? I called one of
the guys and he brings me another Xtreme wheel. We get the
flat one off and same as before we cannot find anything
in the tire. So we take it and re-air it up. I mean 60-65
psi. Cannot get the thing to hiss at all. We dip it and
nothing, so I take it home and it's been sitting in my garage
for 2 days now. I'll admit there isn't weight on it, but
I just went and bounced it. It has at least 25 to 30 psi
Now I must say, I'm somewhat disappointed. We cannot find
a leak in either and both failed within a week of each other.
I had put new valve stems in the wheels, when I put on the
new tires back on 06/14/06. I've never had a tire
act like this without some puncture. These have been great
tires up to this point, but now... I don't think I want
them back on. Lets see what Falken has to say.....
10/04/06: Well, looks like we even got the cold
shoulder from Falken. We were told by one of the Product
Engineers to take it back to the retailler we bought it
from. Hello, we are the retailer. I've already talked to
the distributor and they don't want to warranty. There is
no puncture or hole. Never got a reply to that. So much
for Falken as a tire to use or recommend. Guess we'll use
some Toyo's on it instead. We've had nothing but good from
10/04/06: We've found that Falken is actually owned by Sumitomo
Rubber Group, which owns the tire brands of Sumitomo, Falken and
Dunlop. Go figure. We dropped off the front tires with the local
warehouse once we finally got some clarity from the factory and
a willingness to work with us on the warranty.
10/28/06: Well, Falken only gave us 50% off one tire and
no explaination on why either went flat.
|11/08/06: A broken 3 door handle has been
a bit of a pain recently. The OEM handle was more than the replacement
we found. Quite by accident really. Great fix and easy to do.
Check them out on Ebay, if you need a replacement handle. Ebay
11/10/06: I've been doing research inbetween calls
today. Bilstein recommends this as a replacement to the
front factory shock. Front is BILB461307
. The rear factory shock is ZM6#22113718. You can also
cheat and use the shortened shock parts from Explorer Pro
Comp Shocks for the 2 inch drop on a standard height truck.
The ZQ8 suspension is 2 inches lower front and rear than
the standard truck. Explorer Pro Comp Toxic Shocks part
The stock sway bars are 1 1/4 roughly front and 7/8 rear.
33mm front and 23mm rear in millimeters. The front end control
arm bushing set is ENE33162G, Rear Leaf Sping Bushing Set
Body Cab Mounts are ENE34130G,
A Master kit might be the way to go ENE318106G
to save time and trouble. Not all parts might work on the
ZQ8 suspension. We're checking on that.