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I have a 1997 F-150 4.6L that I plan on 'bagging in the near future. On Javi Cantu's '97 F-150, what kind of setup and which 'bags does he have in the front? What is the best and easiest setup to do for the rear keeping the stock fuel tank and what size tank? Which compressors should I get? Would I be able to keep the A/C in my truck because it gets hot in Texas? Also, what are the best size tires to lay frame on 24s, and what would I have to relocate to make them fit? I know it’s a lot questions, but I think the answers would help a lot of people.
Nick Arellano
Goldsmith, Texas

We called our buddy Javi Cantu to answer these for you. Take it away Javi!

Thank you for the interest in my truck. I used Slam Specialties SS-8 ’bags all the way around. As far as the front, DJM upper and lower drop A-arms were used. The firewall definitely needs to be tubbed if you are going to run 24s. Also, the computer will have to be relocated somewhere. I am laying on 24s and I have my A/C. I switched out my gas tank for a fuel cell, so I can’t help you with that. The rear setup is a three-link, but it’s what you prefer. You could go with a two-link, three-link, four-link, or whatever you want. If you are going with big-lipped billets in the rear, then the rearend will have to be shortened. If you are going with standard offset chrome rims, then there is no need to shorten the rearend, although you might have to roll or cut the rear fenderwell. The tires I’m running are 275/30R24 in the rear and 255/30R24 up front, but again, it’s up to you as to what tire profile you want. Compressors are owner’s preference, but Viair and Air Zenith are the most popular ones. I’m running the Viair 380 series, but the Viair 480s or the Air Zenith OB2s are really good. A 3 to 5 gallon air tank is pretty much standard. Hope this helps!

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I absolutely love your current buildup of the K5 Blazer with the LS engine swap!!! I was also planning to pursue a similar buildup with a 1984 Chevrolet K5 Blazer. Is it possible for you to include a total cost breakdown for all of the parts and shop work needed? Also, is there a shop or shops near Greenville, South Carolina, that you could suggest to complete this project? Thank you!
Chauncey Hunt
Greenville, South Carolina

The K5 Blazer is a favorite truck for a lot of people, and we felt that showing an engine swap would be beneficial to our readers, and it was! As for the price list, since we aren’t actually the ones doing the work, it is difficult to nail down a price for the parts and labor, so we apologize for not being able to give you that. As for the shop question, we would highly recommend Palmetto Rod Worx in Anderson, South Carolina. They are about 30 miles south of Greenville and are more than capable of doing the work. Call them up at (864) 245-4575 and talk to Chris.

Truckin' Crew,
How are you guys doing? I love the magazine, I am always pumped to see Truckin' come in the mail, but I usually see it in the stores before I get it. Anyway, I just bought a 2011 Silverado 1500 and was wondering who you would recommend for an intake and exhaust. That is the first thing I want to do to my truck. Thanks for the help guys and keep up the good work.
Jon Glaser
Brea, California

Thanks for the compliments. I am sorry that you get your subscription copy after the stores put their’s out. They aren’t supposed to be putting them out that early but some do. I will sometimes see it in stores before we get our copies in the office. Now tell me that isn’t messed up. But anyway, the 2011 Silverado is a great truck. We have done several tech stories on them. For an intake, you can use anyone from AEM, Airaid, K&N, S&B, and Volant. It is a matter of preference. All of the kits are fairly straightforward and simple to install. For exhaust, it really depends on how you want it to sound. Corsa makes a kit that is tuned for great sound but quiet on the highway, Dynomax claims to make a completely drone free muffler, and Magnaflow and Flowmaster are both great choices. For a rowdy, no-holds-barred sound, Banks Power is the way to go. It is all up to you.