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Old 12-07-2012, 01:06 PM
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Hcomton I appreciate your more acceptable answer, and I plan on doing all the mods you mentioned, as I mentioned in the beginning of my post. And yes I am very safe with my vehicles, I may be young but I'm responsible

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1gary, I read your link, great stuff there! Because I also have an 86 c10 with a carbed 4.3 liter before vortec and balance shafts, so it applies to me in more ways than one!
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Runn141 the definition of zq8 suspension , especially in 96 and newer s10s is lowered suspension (1.5-2in) big stabilizer bars and bilstein shocks, plus an anti hop shock in the rear.
if the truck your looking at has all that then your good to go high speed.
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@gary1 have you ever seen a astro van at the drag strip hanging the front wheels in the air. They are very common. If your astro van is not stable at 100 mph i would think there is something wrong with it. Maybe it need some attention.

Links were to show potentional when it was suggested the motor is not worth upgrading. The v8 does not work well in the s10 its a little heavy if it has cast heads. So the perferred upgrade is the v6. I see them at the drag strip with cheap turbo kits all the time.

Simple cam and efi reprogram will give a nice boost in performance add in an intake and headers should be able to push that brick hard agaist its top end limit.

I also am not going to tell another grown man how to drive. I can only assume the op has a proper place to test and tune his vehicle i do and so do most people that need to on a regular bases. I leave that up to his own good judgement.
You know what??.Ya missed this"I got ten yrs invested into Astro/Safari vans". Something wrong with my van needing attention??. Do re-frame from talking down to me.Pompous comments like that,your not going to like my replies.

Ya you give me a headache too.Ref's like this:



Naw.

A grown man at 19 yrs old??.Opps you missed that too huh.

READ WHAT IS POSTED WOULD BE A GOOD START FOR YOU!!

And do better than reaching on a shelf for the most recent Hot Rod article or something like it.You obvious don't know much about these 4.3's.

Yeah ten yrs in Astro's all which had 4.3's in them.See it all and done haft of it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:29 PM
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Well besides the misreads and pompous comments, I'm glad I broke the ice with y'all. At least you're giving me better answers than "don't waste your time" or "swap a 350 in it" I will feel better about the truck when I get it and do these mods. Thanks a lot!
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H rated tires? come on,,,,
the 4.3 wont likely have enough power to over come the aero dynamics to go 128 mph.you will likely need north of 300 hp
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H rated tires? come on,,,,
the 4.3 wont likely have enough power to over come the aero dynamics to go 128 mph.you will likely need north of 300 hp
94 models an up are more aerodynamic than you think.
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runn141,what is the drag ce of the little truck? curious as to the math to see what exactly is required HP wise to go 128 mph? and 300 HP is not a large amount,just not an easy amount to get with a small engine without spending a few dollars
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I was afraid of getting my little motor talked down on by this site. Don't know why everything in the world has to have a 502 big block in it to be fast. 4.3l have potential and that's all that I wanted to hear
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runn141,what is the drag ce of the little truck? curious as to the math to see what exactly is required HP wise to go 128 mph? and 300 HP is not a large amount,just not an easy amount to get with a small engine without spending a few dollars
i have had 2 96 models and 1 94 4.3 powered s10 trucks. and they had no problem getting to 100 mph before the computer stopped it. i dont think he will have a problem achieving 128mph with just a performance chip. especially if it is lowered.
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I was afraid of getting my little motor talked down on by this site. Don't know why everything in the world has to have a 502 big block in it to be fast. 4.3l have potential and that's all that I wanted to hear
only thing down about the little motor is it gets around the same mileage as a 502 big block. everyone i ever had did anyway.

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ChadGresham
you need to do some math
your truck has a CEoD greater than .4 and needs to produce more than 1.2 HP/cube.
Can it be done? easy,,,Can the truck be made more slippery? yes,,,
Are "H" rated tires adequate for your quest? you answer that,,,
There are a few really helpful and knowledgeable people here,will they help you?,,,yes
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well ChadGresham, i guess the knowledge here says forget even trying.
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Can't believe this thing made it to three pages after being gone only a day Yeesh.

I'm going to back down from being a curmudgeon and get real with you for a second:

I remember being 19 (not too long ago) and thinking that my 96 Mustang GT (which beat up on it's fair share of modified s-10's ) was the coolest thing in the world. Bought into the hype and purchased a bunch of expensive bolt-ons when I probably should have known better. I also listened to "helpful" people that sounded smarter than they were and told me what I wanted to hear. Pissed a bunch of money away that could have been spent smarter to make power, but I learned eventually that even the 4.6L Single cammer has a glass ceiling when in comes to making naturally aspirated power, it's just not as low as the 4.3L v6

You can get offended, or you can look around and see people say that the 4.3L is not a cheap route for making real power. I'm constantly bah humbugging about belly-button SBC swaps... so much so that I got rid of the 350 in my 65 C-10 for a 455 Oldsmobile. So yeah, it sucks to hear that you should just put a 350 in it, but really, if you want to go fast for cheap: You should just put a 350 in, or better yet, a 5.3L LQ.
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Guys.We all agree there isn't a production engine that can't be improved on.Will that in this case get him to his goals??. Maybe not.But to try,is the start of a 19 yr old's O/Ps involvement in cars.If we pay back to all those guys who helped us at his age,that is a good thing. Right??. Two things I tire of on these forums.The competition between members where one of them can't admit they either don't know or are wrong.Having to be always right.And negative posts I admit I have made too telling people what they can't do vs guiding them how to do what they want to do.

We don't have the wealth of young people in cars as we once did.(short of muffler hangers/stereo installers) We need to be mindful of that fact.
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