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Dear Max,
I have a ’92 S-10 Blazer, four-door, 2WD currently running drop spindles; I have access to an ‘03 Blazer Xtreme for parts. Can I use the newer-style coils, hub, rotor and two-piston caliper setup on my truck? Will these keep a similar amount of drop to my current drop spindles? I will be running drop tubular lower A-arms too. Do I need anything else for the swap (if it’s even practical)?
Todd Neer
Columbus, OH

Well Todd, I’m not positive what years and option packages separate the Blazer suspension, but it’s a good question. I’m pretty positive that the springs should be an easy fit, but I know that there was a different spindle (knuckle, actually) on one of the Blazer options. This knuckle has the same geometry as the stock S-10 spindle, but instead of a spindle pin with a hub/rotor that uses serviceable bearings, it has a bolt-in non-serviceable hub and a rotor “hat” that sets over the hub. And If I remember correctly, the caliper used two bolts to fasten the caliper to the spindle instead of a “register” with small floating pins. There is a good chance that the Xtreme has this oddball knuckle, but I can’t tell you for sure. If the Xtreme has a standard spindle with a spindle pin, then all of the brake parts should bolt directly on without any change to how much drop you have.

I am putting some rollpan flush-mount taillights in and don’t have a clue of how to wire in the tac box. The lights are supposed to plug into the stock wiring. Does the tac box go under the dash and tie into the fuse panel? I’m clueless here, so any help would be great.
Rick Hartwick
North Anson, ME

Rick, I’m not positive what this ‘tac box’ is that you speak of, but I have to assume that it is the box that takes the three different taillight wires and converts their signals to work with a single-wire LED light. You can mount the box anywhere under the dash that is convenient and just run taillight wires to and from the box. As far as what wires to run where, that I can’t answer; you will need to call the manufacturer and try to find a wiring diagram. Good luck!

Dear Mr. Max Fish,
Please help me decide something. I have a ’bagged single-cab ’99 Dime, but I am not running any front shocks. It rides OK so far, but is it really necessary to install them if I plan on driving my truck on a daily basis? I am just worried about relocating the A/C and everything that might go along with the installation.
Tobias Nazo
San Bernardino, CA

This is a great question Tobias, though it is a tough subject because there is a whole group of people who believe that shocks are not necessary. I can’t begin to explain how wrong this line of thinking truly is in the confines of this page, but if you want to just take my word for it that not running shocks is wrong then we can get on to the important stuff. There should be enough room to install a shock at the back of the arm without getting into the A/C box. Using a short shock (about 9.5 inches collapsed, both Bilstein and KYB have one) try to keep the lower mount as low as you can on the arm and build a low-profile upper mount off the frame. It would be helpful if you also spent the time to notch the frame for the shock. At first it may seem impossible, but I can assure you that it is quite possible.