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Tarsh's build- 2004 trailblazer LT

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by tarsh » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:04 pm

Tarsh's Build

As she sits today

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2004 Trailblazer LT 4.2 nonG80 gt5

Drivetrain Specs:
-Lime swap pcm tune
-Cardone CV shafts
-replaced transfercas 3/23/14
-rebuilt entire valve body 6/11/14
-installed mild shift kit
-installed rapid cool trans cooler in series 6/11/14
-rebuilt trans pump 8/23/14
-rebuilt trans early July 2015
-8.6 rear axle upgrade
-front diff swap
-4.10 gear swap

Suspension Modifications:
-Marks 3" Lift
-Installed 89 springs. Gave me around 2.5"
I was not expecting!
-z71 avalanche rear coils+2" spacer+ tie down
-Marks 1.5" wheel spacers
-Front and Rear sway delete
-Bilstine HD struts
-n8030 rear shocks
-Custom rear shock relocation brackets


Exterior Modifications:
-Custom Front bumper(stinger if u will )
-Custom Rad skid plate(in the works)
-Black stripe painted on hood
-offroadTB.com decals obviously
-Trimmed front wheel wells
-Removed all lower plastics(front bumper skin, rocker panel skin, rear bumper skin)
-My personal "plasti shave"
-Extended roof rack
-Custom cross bars
-Custom rear bumper
-Painted mirror covers to match body
-Added tint stripe to windshield
-3' CB antenna mounted above rear tail light
-34/10.5r17 Interco swampers hand cut to perfection
-Rattlecan stock rims
-Jerrycan mounted on rear
-led pods mounted to winch
-DIY limb risers courtesy of overland bound
-overland bound Steele emblem/member number on hood
-relocated winch power head into engine bay

Engine Modifications:
-Gutted engine bay
-Fan shroud delete
-Clutch fan delete
-Custom e-fan set up
-Cat Back straight pipe
-Custom snorkle build
-A/C delete with the dorman bypass pulley
-Supermodualation coil pack spring delete kit
-changed and relocated washer and coolant tanks

Interior Modifications:
-CB radio mount in place of overhead storage
-all time backup camera
-Pulled front carpet
-7" 2 channel full color monitor mounted in dash for camera and realtime engine monitering

Recovery Equipment:
-8500 Winch with custom bumper
-D-Rings welded on rear bumper
-20'x4" snatch strap
-6' treesaver strap
-one 3" locking clevise

Electrical Modifications:
-Switch for 32" light bar
-3" led pods mounted on winch wired off factory fog light switch
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by tarsh » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:12 pm

Stock
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my first modifications to the blaze. cut the hoops off the stock bumper. took the front air ram and put it in place of the huge gap under the grill between the bump and the grill
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stuck with the stock rims. rattle caned them black
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by tarsh » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:20 pm

onto my custom stinger(brush guard) which mind you was a huge pain in the butt. after hours of "Lame sharpie marking time" as we called it we ended up with this
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and of course a little fresh paint
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now i know it looks alarmingly like HARDTRAILZ strip on his hood but i had to have one. took forever to lay out
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by tarsh » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:27 pm

now that summer had rolled around we (my brothers and i) rolled doorless all summer. you wouldn't believe the looks i was getting around town.
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did some custom grill painting and had to make a custom bowtie. which i get lots of likes on
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finally got marks 2.5" lift in. i was so stoked
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by tarsh » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:42 pm

onto my custom rad skid plate. bought a piece of simple sheet metel. my brother works at an auto accesory shop and the were trowing away a bumper display mount. in the shape of an "H". i just cut the upper half off and the bolt holes lined right up for me on the bottom side of the bumper. cut some 45's on the ends to prevent some snagging and bolted her on. then i just zip screwed on the plate steel to create a skid
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this was my attempt at a rear tire mount without useing the reciver
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i wish i could have kept it but it was a little sketchy goin down the road. all it took was a hammer to get it off. welder was acting up. thank god nobody got hurt.
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by tarsh » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:53 pm

after the accident my rear bumper was totally smashed up. i removed the rear skin and pulled out my receiver, which in my case the bumper and the receiver where one(welded from the factory) i cut the bumper apart from my receiver and went wheeln' with the fellas. thats me.... dont know what was goin on. i think my nabe just popped his radiator hose in his exploder.
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onto my "plati shave" i haven't seen this on anyone's ride here( inform me if im wrong) but i like it simply because it gets all the mud and salt out and away from the TB. it also gives it a more "aggressive" stance in my opinion
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by tarsh » Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:11 pm

now the rear bumper was a bit tricky. used "C" channel on the lower half and a nice piece of pre bent scrap the old man picked up from somewhere for the top half. after hours of drinking and pondering at the back of of my bumperless blaze we wound up welding the "C" channel directly to the frame since its bent and weak and welded the pre bent stuff to the top half to fill the gap from frame to the hatch to make it look decent. then added some "D" rings for recovery purposes
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the finished product
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by tarsh » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:10 am

Transfer case replaced.
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Took about 7 hours. Took a little while to figure out how to take it out.going back in was easy
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by tarsh » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:56 pm

Added winch.
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by tarsh » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:55 pm

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Extended my roof rack and rid of the ugly Light bar. Mounted lights to the rack
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by tarsh » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:47 pm

6-11-14 valve body completely rebuilt. I wasn't getting lock up.
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by tarsh » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:24 pm

6/23/14
Installed rear tire swing
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by tarsh » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:25 pm

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by tarsh » Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:48 pm

:awesome: Finally got around to finishing up my front bumper
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by tarsh » Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:16 pm

:)
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New cardone CV shafts with neoprene boots and my 89 springs. Was my project for the day :woot:
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This was after the 89s and new cv shafts
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by tarsh » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:39 pm

Befor The 89 front could springs. Measurement from floor to oil pan "skid"(junk)
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Right around a foot of clearance with balder than bald 32s and the 3" suspension lift
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After the 89 spring install. Right around 15". Thanks Dirty bacon
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