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Posted 09 June 2013 - 01:15 AM

What is the advantage of buying a Suburban and converting it to an Escalade, over just purchasing an Escalade? I hope that doesn't sound sarcastic or anything.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 02:31 AM

Longer wheelbase, 9.25 front differential, 14 bolt rear axle, 4L80E transmission.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:05 AM

QUOTE (Killer.Khan @ Tuesday, Nov 1 2011, 01:59)
Question,

How do you manage to pay for gas?

It probably get's like 3 MPG tounge.gif

It actually probably gets about 12. I know the Tahoe I'm looking at gets 14 and its a little bit newer and a wee bit smaller.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:21 AM

QUOTE (gtamann123 @ Tuesday, Jun 25 2013, 09:05)
QUOTE (Killer.Khan @ Tuesday, Nov 1 2011, 01:59)
Question,

How do you manage to pay for gas?

It probably get's like 3 MPG tounge.gif

It actually probably gets about 12. I know the Tahoe I'm looking at gets 14 and its a little bit newer and a wee bit smaller.

What does that translate to in real world dollars? It costs me about $250 a week to drive my H2 daily. I'm guessing that would be cheap compared to the US?

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:30 AM

QUOTE (Outcast @ Monday, Jun 24 2013, 21:21)
QUOTE (gtamann123 @ Tuesday, Jun 25 2013, 09:05)
QUOTE (Killer.Khan @ Tuesday, Nov 1 2011, 01:59)
Question,

How do you manage to pay for gas?

It probably get's like 3 MPG tounge.gif

It actually probably gets about 12. I know the Tahoe I'm looking at gets 14 and its a little bit newer and a wee bit smaller.

What does that translate to in real world dollars? It costs me about $250 a week to drive my H2 daily. I'm guessing that would be cheap compared to the US?

I didn't know that you owned a H2 also.

The thing I hate about heave trucks like Hummers is that they guzzle gas like it's nothing. I prefer smaller trucks like Fords. I can probably see myself in a F-150

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:32 AM

QUOTE (Outcast @ Tuesday, Jun 25 2013, 01:21)
QUOTE (gtamann123 @ Tuesday, Jun 25 2013, 09:05)
QUOTE (Killer.Khan @ Tuesday, Nov 1 2011, 01:59)
Question,

How do you manage to pay for gas?

It probably get's like 3 MPG tounge.gif

It actually probably gets about 12. I know the Tahoe I'm looking at gets 14 and its a little bit newer and a wee bit smaller.

What does that translate to in real world dollars? It costs me about $250 a week to drive my H2 daily. I'm guessing that would be cheap compared to the US?

Well figure an average of $3.30 a gallon in my area in recent weeks. My commute to school in back will be 12 miles round trip per day so thats 60 miles just in commuting (thank god I live close to my school) and lets add an average of 50 miles a week in personal trips (some weeks I will drive more and some I will drive less) so that's an average of 110 miles a week driving. So 110/14=7.86 gallons of gas used. 7.86x3.30=$25.94 So basically I can expect to spend $25.94 a week in gas when school starts. And that's a very conservative estimate for personal trips.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 01:39 AM Edited by Burbalade, 26 June 2013 - 01:46 AM.

QUOTE (gtamann123 @ Tuesday, Jun 25 2013, 01:05)
It actually probably gets about 12. I know the Tahoe I'm looking at gets 14 and its a little bit newer and a wee bit smaller.

Getting about 10 right now in it's current configuration. I need a lighter wheel/tire setup. 17+ wasn't out of the question before the 37s. Hell, I averaged 15.9 the only time I ran it to empty. That was a 320 mile trip to Lynchburg, VA, speeding like hell (90+ mph) most of the way. Then Drove to the jobsite twice a day, which was up a mountain, and to dinner every night which was always in heavy traffic. Stayed up there all week and got half way back home before I ran out with the gauge still showing a 1/4 tank. Ended up being about 650 miles if I remember correctly.

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What does that translate to in real world dollars?

It's always different. It doesn't get driven all that much as I usually drive the work truck to work.

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The thing I hate about heave trucks like Hummers is that they guzzle gas like it's nothing. I prefer smaller trucks like Fords. I can probably see myself in a F-150

My current work truck is a stock 2006 2WD F-150 with the 5.3, it averages 11.2 mpg, and it's mostly used for highway driving. It's also a lot harder to park than my lifted Suburban as it's a quite a bit longer. Hell, it's harder to park than the dump truck.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 07:22 AM

Any updates on the conversion? I might be getting a 94 Diesel suburban this week, and I thought of you instantly. tounge.gif

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:53 PM Edited by Burbalade, 15 July 2013 - 11:57 PM.

Well a few weeks ago I ordered two relays, hooked one up to my low beams, and ran the other to the Escalade fog lights and a factory fog light switch, and put green HIDs in them, then I did the 4hi mod.

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Now the caddy clip is off, selling it to pay for a solid axle swap. Found a 10.5 FF 14 bolt at the pick n pull I'll be going back for this weekend hopefully. Posi trac, DRW, and I believe it was 4.10. Haven't yet found a king pin driver side drop Dana 60.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 12:49 AM Edited by Lurch, 16 July 2013 - 12:52 AM.

I guess for driver drop stuff, we're talking ford D60's? I'm thinking everything up through 91 was still king pin. 78-79 axles are worth the most obviously. I think pre-78 is closed knuckle and therefore basically worthless.

If you found a 92-97 balljoint 60, I'd still use it if the price was right. Obviously, I wouldn't waste my time with superduty stuff for any number of reasons.


Shame you're selling all the Cadillac stuff. I thought it looked pretty badass on there. Looked very "Secret Service" from the front with the black Escalade front end and hummer beadlocks with mil 37's attached.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 01:00 AM

I actually did see an early Super Duty there with the D60 still under it. Only that concerns me there is getting the crossover steering worked out. I can't imagine converting it to 8x6.5 being too difficult, but it would be in vain if I couldn't get the steering sorted and at a decent price.

It is indeed a shame to get rid of the Escalade font end, but it seems on this Suburban that parts come and go. Might get another one later on down the road but at the moment I want to free up all the funds I can for the SAS.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 05:17 PM Edited by Lurch, 16 July 2013 - 05:20 PM.

QUOTE (Burbalade @ Monday, Jul 15 2013, 21:00)
I actually did see an early Super Duty there with the D60 still under it. Only that concerns me there is getting the crossover steering worked out. I can't imagine converting it to 8x6.5 being too difficult, but it would be in vain if I couldn't get the steering sorted and at a decent price.

iirc, they have some really f*cked caster setup into them. I had a couple of friends run them in jeeps. They worked but it wasn't really optimal. I think they were running full hydro though so they didn't full with any crossover steering. Also, at least one was 4 linked on air shocks. I think the other was running a normal long arm XJ setup (which might have been one of the causes of his problems using that axle).

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:27 AM

Using the Ford steering isn't going to work considering I'm aiming for about 8" of suspension lift. And at about $500 for crossover/high steer prepped knuckles, it looks like I'll need to hold out for a king pin axle.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 05:39 PM

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:19 PM

What's it from?

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:32 PM Edited by Burbalade, 22 July 2013 - 07:35 PM.

Dana 50 from a 2000 F-350 SRW. Ended up costing me $368, but I'll get a little bit of that back when I return the track bar, old steering stabilizer, rotors, etc. Going to order a pair of new Warn locking hubs, new steering stabilizer, and of course new brakes. Hopefully that'll be enough to get it road worthy and then I'll go through the entire thing later once I've sold off my current front end and lift.

I think I'll keep the body lift for now, hopefully I'll be able to get the Ford steering working.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 04:21 AM

What are 8x170 to 8x6.5 adapters that would let you keep your H1's going to run?

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 02:26 PM

$90 and they'll replace my current 2" spacers.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:54 PM

Fresh paint and brand new Warn hubs.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:17 PM

So what's the reason for the solid axle stuff? Just want something more suitable for big tires and offroad use? Or just want something more suitable to put a Cummins on top of?

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:44 PM

Getting the RCX lift done correctly was going to take more time an money than it was worth, so the next logical step is to say f*ck the IFS and upgrade while I'm dumping money into it anyway. Two birds with one stone kind of deal.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 02:34 AM Edited by Burbalade, 15 September 2013 - 02:36 AM.

Ordered U bolts and blank plates today as no one sells plates for flipped U bolts on a Super Duty axle, and I can save a few bucks drilling them myself.

 

Ordered a dual steering stabilizer for a Super Duty, but it isn't going to work with the flipped U bolts, so it's for sale and I may end up making my own later on.

 

Spring hangers and pitman arm will be ordered Monday. Some time next week while the parts are being shipped I'll take the axle to the shop, have the passenger spring perch moved over and the driver side spring locating hole filled so I can drill a new one. The end is finally in sight.

 

Until then, here's a teaser:

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:51 PM

SOON.

 

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:24 AM

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Q_wSnT23RiM

 

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Almost done.


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:20 AM

Looks and sounds great man, can't wait to see her finished!


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:08 PM

-yet to purchase

*purchased, not yet installed

 

To do interior:

*passenger side NBS premium visor

-new shale headliner

-escalade handles

*06 escalade platinum edition steering wheel

 

To do exterior:

*top kick door handles (don't have linkages yet)

*remove body lift

*front AAL

-front zero rate

-rear spring hanger

-new exhaust

-new studs on the dually spacers

*weld on tabs for 14" travel front bilsteins

 

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 07:59 PM

This thing looks like a mother f*cking beast. It's very nice!

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:20 AM

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 09:17 AM

Love this thread!


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:37 PM

All but one Top Kick handle is on. Barn door is custom application so I had to make my own rods to connect to the lock and latch.
Hooked the Bose up with temporary test wiring and got it all figured out and working. Just ordered everything I need to make my own center console harness to completely replace the current 2006 wiring harness that's in it, and cleanly tie in to my factory harness while being easy to disconnect if the center console needs to be removed.
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I now have all of the new lug nuts and studs for the rear dually spacers, so those will be going on some time next week.
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