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  1. #1
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    Currently living in Medford, Oregon. Was raised in Athens, Georgia

    Default Good mudding truck

    My daughter and I are wanting to invest in a truck we can go play in. Looking for some recommendations on a good, not to expensive, Chevy 4x4. Just basically looking for a toy that we can ruff house in the mud with and isn't going to cost me an arm and a leg when I do break something.
    2008 6.2L GMC Sierra Denail

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    1973 to 1987 Chevy short or long bed 4x4.

    Old enought to still be purchased cheap if you hunt around.
    large fender openings that could acomodate 33" tires without lifting.
    An old truck, want bigger tires real cheap? Just hack t open the fenders more, keeps the CG low but allows up to 40" tires with enough hacking.
    Wanna keep the fenders in one piece but go larger? Spring lifts are much cheaper than any IFS lift.
    84 to 87 had some of the toughest t cases and axles around. Earlier trucks had SM465 gear boxs, slow on the highway but hard to kill off road.
    Small block chevy 350, need I add that its the most popular engine in the world!! Straight 6 engines may lack speed but with their tall deck they have the grunt power to spin big tires real well when geared right.
    I could go on and on with this list.
    They are prone to corrosion above the wheel wells and in the cab corners.
    Frame cracks around the steering mounts are popular if you bolt on bigger tires, there are kits available to fix this.
    As with any old truck steering assemblies get worn and need rebuilding, rubber was predominantly used in bushings at the time of their mfgr, poly is now available and tightens the steering and suspension real well.

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    X2 on what tbplus10 said

    2011 GMC Sierra SLE - 5.3 - 4X4 - Z71 - King Shock Level Kit - Body Color GMC grill emblem - 2 Tone Engine Cover, Rad Cover and Battery Box - Volant CAI - Tru Cool 40K tranny cooler - Sylvania ZXE bulbs Hi/Low -TriFold Hard Tonneau Cover- CoverCraft Seat Covers - Diablo inTune - GoRecon LED under rail lights - GoRecon LED White Lightning Tailgate Light Bar - Windows tinted to 45%- Kenwood DNX6990 - JL Audio C5-650 &650X- JL Audio Amp- Interco Truxus M/T 33x12.50x18

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    I like the late 90s model 2500hd's.... my son is still driving mine and parts are cheap.

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    I like the late 90s model 2500hd's.... my son is still driving mine and parts are cheap.
    2009 Chevy Silverado 2500HDLT 6.0L w/ Towing Package, Dick Cepek GM8 Rims, Dick Cepek FC II 33X11.50R17,RKSport Ram-Air Hood(Functional), Lazer Lite Aluminum Tonneau Cover, Road Armor Stealth Bumper, PIAA Lighting, Diablo Trinity Tuner, Diablew Custom Tune, BullyDog Cold Air Intake, American Racing Headers w/highflow cats, Corsa Performance Sport Exhaust, Custom Striping, Black Bowties front and rear, Fuel Grille Inserts, Recon Headlights, Readylift Shocks, Readylift Upper Contol Arms, 2" Blocks in the Rear..

    Future Plans: HD Tie Rods, Under hood upgrades, Crower Camshaft and possibly electric fans.

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    Pretty much agree with everyone - 70's, early 80's. Personal recomendation would be a 3/4 ton to start with. most of them have the "big" 14 bolt rear end - near impossible to break and after market lockers are available and not too expensive + most of those already have 4;10 gears. We have a '79 GMC on the place that has 4:56's ! Also most 3/4 tons will have that tough SM465 manual and I believe the auto's would be the TH400 . Not positive about the auto however. Don't worry too much about some fender rust, almost all of them have it. Besides, like tbplus10 said, a sawsall and a four pound beater can be used to fit some big mud tires !! And a large pair of channel lock pliers helps too - done that !

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    Anything older than 87. Comes with a solid front axle and leaf springs up front. Lifting is super cheaper and down here they can be found anywhere in any condition you want. I'm building and 87 k30 into a Rockwell axled bogger. Easy to do compared to new trucks
    2009 chevy 1500 z71 4x4
    2.5 ccm level,2.5 inch rear blocks 305/60/18 coopers stt,Debadged,10 series flow w/dual exit in front or right rear tire, KN CAI, diablo InTune, 18% tint all the way around ,spec-d euro headlights with black housings,winjet smoke LED tail lights,putco LED third brake light smoked, fab fours front bumper with 10k warn winch, RK sports ram air hood
    1965 c10 swb, zz4 350 with the hot cam and fast burn heads and a 780 Holley on top, richmond super street 5 speed,restorod

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