I've had an idea kicking around for some time now and could use some outside guidance and expertise. I have a new '06 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab with the 5.9L Cummins diesel. I originally was looking at purchasing a new GMC or Chevy HD with the Quadrasteer option. The rear steer option sounded like just the remedy for easier turning and parking, or getting in and out of trailheads. After searching I found the Quadrasteer option had been deleted from the GM lineup. That, along with a few other reasons, pushed me away from GM and into the Dodge with its roomy Mega Cab, which will suit my growing family better. Then it hit me. What if I modified the Dodge to accept the GM Quadrasteer? It would be perfect! What I'm trying to find out is how difficult it would be to find the entire rear steer unit and then install it under my Dodge. It would be a heck of a setup and would be extremely user-friendly with the long wheelbase. What are your thoughts, and do you have any advice for me?Phil GoldstineVia e-mail
Phil,We concur with you that the rear steer under the Dodge Mega Cab would be a great addition. The bad news is the GM Quadrasteer is a computer-controlled piece that we really don't know the inner workings of. It had a steering and speed-sensing system that steered at slow speeds in the opposite direction and at higher speeds in the same direction. As for modifying your truck for the install, you would basically need to cut the frame section containing the rear axle and steering system from a donor GM truck and splice it into your truck, along with widened bedsides to cover the extra-wide steering system. After that, it would be all computer modifications and you would be on your own in that department, as we have no idea where to turn to make the system work properly and safely in a non-GM application. That's a big job!
No Longer Perky
I have a 1996 Chevy C1500 that I would like to make some upgrades to. The truck is currently all stock with a 5.7L Vortec V-8, a five-speed manual, 3:42 gears, a factory posi, and 180,000 miles on the odometer. The truck just isn't as perky as it used to be and I am looking into a fuel-injected ZZ383 crate engine, MSD ignition, headers and exhaust, fresh clutch, aftermarket posi, and a fresh coat of black paint. I have seen some of the advice you have given other people and I am turning to you because my knowledge regarding these upgrades is limited. My dream is to make this truck into a good ride, and that day is now here. When considering your response keep in mind that the truck is and will be a daily driver. I won't be racing the truck or taking it to shows. Thanks!Brett AndersonSpicewood, Texas
Brett,If you want some power with fuel injection, then you have options. Your desire for the ZZ383 with fuel injection is a good choice. Rated at 425 hp, it would be no slouch, but you would need to add an ignition and fuel injection system to it to make it complete. Look to Edelbrock and its 440hp, multi-point, fuel-injected ZZ4-based engine. It comes complete from injection to oil pan and includes an MSD Pro-Billet distributor. All you need to do is add a water pump and headers and drop it in your truck's engine bay. Go with a heavy-duty clutch from a company like Centerforce and swap the wimpy factory posi for an Auburn or Detroit Locker piece to get some bite when you get on it. Feel the rush!
Frontal Pan Plan
Ihave called everyone I know and I can't get a number, web address, or e-mail to anyone that can help me. Can you give me some help finding a front roll pan for a 1969 Chevy C10? I saw one on the '72 C10 "Bad Medicine" (Volume 31, Number 5, page 248). I have tried to find the owner with no luck. I am stuck, but I will not stop looking until I find one for my truck project. Thanks for any help you can give me.RickVia e-mail
Rick,Companies that carry front roll pans are few to be sure, but you are in luck. Simply logging into your favorite web browser and going to Tuckers Classic Pickup Parts at www.tuckersparts.com will yield the results you need. Tuckers' roll pan is real steel, so you could easily leave it as is or weld it in for a completely smooth integration. Order one now!
I recently purchased a set of headlights and turn signals from Tuned by Matrix for my 2003 Silverado. The units are projector lamps with angel eyes and LED side-marker lights. The headlights and turn signals are plug-and-play with my stock harness, but I am confused about the LEDs and angel eyes. The LEDs are actually on both the headlamps and turn signals. How do I wire up the angel eyes and LED lights to function properly? In case you need help, the part number is 09-1099-PB. Any help is greatly appreciated.DaveVia e-mail
Dave,The angel eye rings are strictly your choice, but in our opinion, you should hook them up to a separate switch that is run independent of the headlights. They are LED, so there is very little amp draw, meaning that you could safely run them from a switched power source straight to a switch in the cab. As for the LED side-markers, you could do the same thing, as the angel eyes or T-tap off the lower side-marker and the LED sidelights would be part of your turn signal source. Keep it simple!
Seeing as you guys work for the best magazine in the world I thought I would bring you my question. My vehicle is a 2000 S-10 Blazer 4x4, and I have many changes I would like to make. I want to do a ram-air hood, suspension lift, and total interior makeover, then cover it with a sick paint job. All that brings me to my question about powering my Blazer. Right now the truck has a 4.3L V-6 and I want to swap in a 4.8L V-8. Where can I find one and how much work will be involved? Secondly, I would like to swap the rear bumper for a roll pan, but I want it completely flat and I can't find lower fender pieces for the S-10 Blazer. Thanks a lot, and keep Truckin' as good as it is because I can't live without it.Justin SavageFt. Stewart, Georgia
Justin,Swapping out the 6 for the 8 is really not too hard and actually has been done quite a few times judging by what we see at the shows. A wrecking yard would be your best place to find an engine, and that way you could also retrieve all the accessory drives and complete wiring harness without any additional searching. Overall, it sounds big but is more time-consuming than it is difficult. Getting your Blazer's tail flat is easily accomplished with a few pieces from Grant Kustoms. You can check them out at www.grantkustoms.com. V-8 power!
Our Fighting Boys
I am a Navy helicopter maintainer stationed in Kuwait right now. My squadron is based out of San Diego and was the first Navy squadron to be assigned the medevac mission that we are doing here in Kuwait and southern Iraq. We have been here for about three months now and will be here until the middle of December 2006. Being from California, most of us enjoy the desert life, and whenever we are out of uniform at least one of us is reading Truckin' magazine and dreaming of San Diego deserts. Attached is a picture of the group in front of our helicopters. I was hoping that maybe you could run the picture in one of your issues to boost the morale a little bit. I also just wanted to write to let you know that reading your magazine in the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq brings back a little piece of home. Thanks for making a great magazine.AZ2 Aaron Dillard2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment Camp Buehring, KuwaitAPO AE 09330
Aaron,I believe that we have found you in the picture of your team. It was a bit like a "Where's Waldo?" game, but all the bets are in and you are the guy in tan. Right? Keep it safe while you and your team are in the kitty litter box and we'll be happy when your group is back home enjoying the lovely beaches of our beloved San Diego. If any readers out there need something to do with their previously viewed Truckin' magazines, please send them to the above address so that some our fighting teams can keep a taste of home fresh in their minds. We're rooting for you!
Dropped My Taco
I am interested in purchasing a midsize four-door truck and have some questions regarding these vehicles. I am particularly interested in the 2006 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab. I want to drop the vehicle as low as possible, but only with a static drop. The truck needs to be lowered to accommodate not only my interests in a lowered truck, but also for easier access for my disabled father to get in and out of. Is it possible to bolt on the X-Runner suspension to the Tacoma? Please let me know any information on drop kits or aftermarket parts for this vehicle. Keep up the great work on the "world's best truck magazine."Aaron MeyerHonolulu, Hawaii
Aaron,Until recently nothing existed except airbags to lower the new Tacoma, but to the rescue comes DJM Suspension. DJM has engineered a new 3-inch front and 4-inch rear drop for the 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The kit consists mainly of front upper and lower control arms and rear drop blocks with a bolt-on C-notch. By the time you get this magazine DJM should have the parts in stock and ready to ship. Add to that a slightly lower-profile wheel and tire package and you could be cruising before you know it. Static drops rock!