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tubbing an s10 frame

hi i've always loved the look of a big tire, and i was thinking about tubbing my s10 next winter, i'm only 18 so i dont' have much experience, is it a very difficult job or is it more of a measure twice cut once job? and also, i know there are many different ways to narrow a frame, but i was thikning about bringing it in right after the box mounts, does anyone have any pictures and steps on how to do this, thanks!

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hi i've always loved the look of a big tire, and i was thinking about tubbing my s10 next winter, i'm only 18 so i dont' have much experience, is it a very difficult job or is it more of a measure twice cut once job? and also, i know there are many different ways to narrow a frame, but i was thikning about bringing it in right after the box mounts, does anyone have any pictures and steps on how to do this, thanks!
Its a pretty major job with limited experience. I just did a quick search for you so you can get a idea.http://autoweldchassis.com/Instruct.ivnu

Do lots of research!
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Well I have never actually tubbed a car all by myself but have helped out and I am going to say that for the beginer tubbing a truck is going to be easier because of having a truck having a bed instead of a trunk and rear seat area to deal with and actually "tub". Also if you are on a budget your rear wheel tubs can be made from 55 gal drums cut up to how ever you like the wheel well to look. The drums already have the curve ,are very strong and you can make them what ever radius by just trimming.
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yah i've seen a car get tubbed before and it doesnt look fun, but does anyone have any pictures of how they tubbed their trucks, which is the best way to go?
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How big of tire are you thinking?
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i'd really like 29x21.5x15, or maybe just a 29x18.5x15
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The wheel tubs are not that big of a deal. For the tub's I would get a kit,It will look alot better and not that expensive. Do you have a budget in mind?
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I have tubed a few...Make sure you do your home work,And also make sure you have the money.Just the back wheels and tire's Will hit you for a $1,000.00 are better,Depending on what you want,Not counting axle's,four link,Coil over's,And so on.Make sure you know what your getting into.I love the pro street look,I had five pro street hot rods.
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yahi have a tonneau cover ont he back so they wont be visable, this is probably a stupid question, but can i still run my ladder bars if i narrow the frame, cause they are wat i have on now and coil overs,
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Yes.But you will need to move them in,To go with the bigger tire's.
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well yah they would be moved in when the rear end is narrowed, and can i cut and respline my current axles? i'm sure it would weaken them, but i'm on a fairly tight budget cause i'm only 18 and i just put a 4000 dollar motor in and a new paint job
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yahi have a tonneau cover ont he back so they wont be visable, this is probably a stupid question, but can i still run my ladder bars if i narrow the frame, cause they are wat i have on now and coil overs,
You should be able to use them,you will just have to relocate the brackets to the new front crossmember. I would be surprised if you could do a reasonable back half for less that 4k. Buy the time you do frame rails,wheels/tires,differential and axle work,and tin, It adds up quick.

I spent 10k on my back half but I did alot of power coating,good 4 link and alot of extras.
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well yah they would be moved in when the rear end is narrowed, and can i cut and respline my current axles? i'm sure it would weaken them, but i'm on a fairly tight budget cause i'm only 18 and i just put a 4000 dollar motor in and a new paint job
Yes you can respline as long as the major diameter is there for the splines when it's shortened.
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would it have to be to the cross member, or can i move mounts up further onto the frame rails?
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would it have to be to the cross member, or can i move mounts up further onto the frame rails?
I'm not speaking of the Trans crossmember. When you back half a car there will be a crossmember that attachs the rear half to the front half. The crossmember I'm speaking of will be where the front of your ladder bars attach to.
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