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Steveroche's Build - 2003 Chevy Trailblazer

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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:46 pm

Steveroche's Build - 2003 Chevy Trailblazer LT

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2003 Chevy Trailblazer LT

Drivetrain Specs: 4.2l I6, 4x4

Suspension Modifications:
Mark MC Front 3in Spacers
BDS 2in rear lift kit
87 front springs
Tahoe rear springs
Flipped Upper Control Arms
3in Body lift

Exterior Modifications:
Custom front winch bumper
Painted grill with truck bed liner
Removed running boards
265/75/16 BFG Mud Terrains
1.5in wheel spacers
Painted wheels with black Plasti-Dip Spray
CB Radio antenna custom mounted to rear bumper under taillight
Roof mounted off road lights:
4 on front roof, 2 hanging from front bar, 1 on each roof side, 2 on rear
MDB Radiator and oil pan steel skids

Engine Modifications:
None so far

Interior Modifications:
Sony Xplode Head unit
Full set of Kicker door speakers
Cobra CB Radio

Recovery Equipment:
Smittybilt XRC-10 winch
Smittybilt 3"x30' 30,000lbs recovery strap

Electrical Modifications:
None so far

Future Modifications:
Gas tank skid, swap for an EXT 8.6 rear axle and powertrax no-slip locker, Raptor line the whole truck olive drab green, Hidden Subwoofer/amp combo under passenger seat, Hanging fog lights from steel bumper, HI-Lift jack, Roof basket, Front swaybar quick discos...

Current Pic:
current pic.jpg
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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:17 pm

The beginning...
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Bone Stock right after purchase...
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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:21 pm

A little fun in the mud...
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no running boards.jpg
Ripped off the running boards, hit a small trail
muddy.jpg
Got stuck in a mud pit...time for new tires and a lift!
disassembled.jpg
Disassembled right before i painted up the front..
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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:25 pm

Paint...
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rist proof.jpg
Anti-Rust primer...
grill painting.jpg
Painting the grill, used spray on bed liner. Very pleased with the results...
grill.jpg
Finished up painting, finished product.
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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:27 pm

Lift kit!
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struts.jpg
New Bilstein HD's
lift kit.jpg
Right out of the box...and it begins
in box.jpg
After assembling the front struts
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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:29 pm

Some more lift stuff...
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Shocks installed
strut in.jpg
Struts installed!
spacers.jpg
Got my spacers in the mail, tires coming!
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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:29 pm

After Lift...man those tires look small
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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:31 pm

Costco guy brought them up to the front to make sure these were going to fit...I guess Costco doesn't usually let people install non-stock size tires but they wanted to see what it would look like so they let me do it..
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by steveroche » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:34 pm

Well this is as far as i have been able to get...next upgrades will come late may when i get back from my trip to Germany
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on the lift.jpg
So much for articulation... :/
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side view.jpg
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by steveroche » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:43 am

Pictures to come when i get out of work at 3 today but I will at least update what has gone in the truck the past week.
Wheels painted with Plasti-Dip spray black
Cobra CB Radio and radio shack antenna installed
Resonator hacked off and replaced with straight pipe and Chevy exhaust tip

Things to come before the end of August:

Custom Winch bumper made from steel plate and 1.75OD Steel Tubing
Smittybilt XRC-10 Winch
Mikes Radiator and Oil Pan skids
EXT Rear axle w/Powertrax no-slip locker
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by steveroche » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:37 pm

So here is a front view to show how high the antenna goes above the roof, as well as pictures of the straight pipe which replaced the resonator and the fun little Chevy exhaust tip i threw on there for kicks...
More pics tomorrow of the antenna mount I made up and CB location...
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front view.jpg
tip.jpg
straight pipe.jpg
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by steveroche » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:45 pm

New lights installed today...about an inch of clearance between lights and top of garage.... :awesome:
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by steveroche » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:07 pm

New front winch bumper made, Base of bumper made by Mike Barton, tubing and finishing work done by myself.
front bumper.jpg

side view (2).jpg
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by steveroche » Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:48 pm

Added some lights for the rear of the TB. Two flood lights facing backwards attached to the cross bar at the back.

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by steveroche » Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:23 pm

Today I added some new lights to the bar of 4 on the front. The two new ones are long range high power lights, I have them wired so i can have the outside ones on or the inside ones on independently. I also finally got around to flipping my upper control arms.
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by steveroche » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:39 pm

Body lift installed as of Yesterday 10/16/12
body lift.jpg


Next up is throwing on the rock sliders I have laying out in my basement waiting to be welded on. As well as new tires, I will be getting 285/70/17 Toyo at2's
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