Gmc Sonoma Zr2

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  1. FLAMINGPAPERBAG

    FLAMINGPAPERBAG New Member

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    Hello people. I was wondering if any of you have ever owned or had anything to do with the GMC sonomaZR2. Im looking at buying one so i thought i would ask if someone knows how reliable they are? Firends of mine have s10s and say they are pretty good. If anyone has any information that would be great.
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  2. CastorTroy

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    Same thing as a S10, just with a nice suspension upgrade and some beefing. They have the 4.3 liter v6 and 4L60E transmission, a proven combo that is very reliable, should be trouble free as long as it was decently maintained.
     
  3. FLAMINGPAPERBAG

    FLAMINGPAPERBAG New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Its has hiway miles and has been maintained pretty good.
    So hopefully it will be nice. Going to test drive it tonight.
     
  4. MUDFISH

    MUDFISH New Member

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    I had a 99 and I loved it... be sure to go to www.zr2.com... they are a great group of guys...

    Here are some pics of my old Z...

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  5. popsnbeer

    popsnbeer New Member

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    Solid engine and solid tranny...should be trouble free as long as you do the regular maintinence, pretty good stock wheeler too.
     
  6. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Despite its problems (mainly due to age and a piss poor radiator design thats been corrected) I still miss my 95 S10
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    I've owned two. One was a chevy, and the other a GMC. Overall, awsome motor, good vehicles. I have been disappointed with the tranny, but I'm happy with both purchases.
     
  8. bubbaZR2

    bubbaZR2 i poop too much, then i get tired... OT Supporter

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    This is mine...

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    Mine has 35s and a locker rear and keeps on rollin down the road no problem.
     
  9. MUDFISH

    MUDFISH New Member

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    Are those LS1 flares? those are awesome...
     
  10. hvy55chvy

    hvy55chvy OT Supporter

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    I love the late model ZR2. I had a 2003 Blazer ZR2 and am now looking for another one. Kept stock and maintained they are good looking and reliable. But with some mods are great 4x4s.
    Here was my previous ZR2 before it was wrecked...

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    I personaly like the blazer over the pickup for its shorter wheel base. The ZR2 suspention is much better and stronger than regular s10, minus the stock rear auto locker. It tends to wear out over time and use, but usualy will just lose locker performance. I have personaly seen them blown up but its almost always due to poor driving. As was already said, go to www.zr2.com for more info. I cant wait to get another one.
     
  11. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    what lift did you have?
     
  12. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    If you're looking for a decent truck with good on road manners and decent off road ability out of the box the ZR2 platform is a good place to start.(although, if it's in your budget, go with a tacoma instead) I've had an up and down relationship with mine, but I'm not exactly easy on it. I will also recommend ZR2.com, I've been a member over there since '01. Great group of guys, and some of the most knowledgeable ZR2 owners you'll find on the net.
     
  13. hvy55chvy

    hvy55chvy OT Supporter

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    If you were asking me, a generic 2" body lift, about 1.5" T-bar crank and some custom lift shackels (2" i think). For the 33-12.5 MTs to fit without rubbing i removed the front bumper end cap peices and had to trim a little bit of a body seem in the rear tire wells. That was good on street but when i disconnected the front and rear sway bars for trail use i found I needed to trim a 2" wide strip of the lower inside fender flairs where they curl in towards the tire a little.
     
  14. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    wow, looks really good. Did you install the BL yourself? I know you can get them cheap, but getting them installed seems to be VERY expensive. I've got an older Jimmy that I'd be happy with some decent 31/32" AT/MT tires. They're so low to the ground stock. :( I cranked the tbars as much as I could while still keeping alignment. Would love a few extra inches.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    sounds exactly like what I plan on doing...
     
  16. Thunderbear

    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    I miss my beast, sometimes.

    I've got a 2" superlift tucked in a closet somewhere, if anyone wants it.
     
  17. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    How much? I want it!
     
  18. MUDFISH

    MUDFISH New Member

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    I had a 2" BL and cranked TB's and I could only fit 32's with no rubbing at all...

    A BL is easy to do yourself with air tools and a free Saturday... For under $200 it was definately worth it...
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    I don't have air tools, but I do have a free Saturday... I'm scared, but I may do it!

    I think that SL 2" lift and a 2" BL and some 32" BFG AT's would be nice :)
     
  20. MUDFISH

    MUDFISH New Member

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    I went to Home Depot and rented air tools, and definately reccomend it, especially if you live in an area with alot of rust... I think it was something like $40 for everything I needed...

    I was nervous as hell doing it, since I had never done anything more than an oil change, but it was actually really easy... It took me and my Dad about 7 hours...

    Just be sure to follow the directions step by step, and it will be a peice of cake... You also need 2 people just because of the angles and some lifting...
     
  21. Thunderbear

    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    fuck, I don't know. Let me see if I can find pics of it..


    damn are you lucky.

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    After I got ahold of it:

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    Sanded and repainted all metal surfaces.. tossed the shitty superlift shocks, and pulled off the ball joints to replace with new ones.

    I don't think I ever got around to getting the new ones.. I'll have to look. Then I'll get you a ballpark price, if you still want it.
     

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