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1983 ¾ton Suburban "Sasquatch"

Status: semi-retired in Colorado

83 Suburban Here's a pic of my beater in Moab a few years ago.

(9/2001) For those of you asking about my 'burban beast. It's out to pasture but not retired just yet. I moved to Texas and left it at my parents house in Colorado. So it only sees action a few times a year... an easy life for a faithful steed :)

It's an '83 Suburban 3/4 ton. Why a suburban? Kids! And lots of them. The burb'n has proved to be great on the trails and now I'm kind of hooked on keeping it going. All I've done so far is add a 6" suspension lift, 35" TSL/SX Super Swampers (on 16.5" rims), and Bushwacker cutout fender flares (removed while wheelin). For now I have the stock semi-floater ¾-ton axles with the stock 3.73:1 gear ratio. Thanks to my "granny" low I still get a respectable crawl ratio. I have a set of 1-ton axles sitting patiently in my garage, a 14-bolt full floater for the rear and a Dana 60 for up front. I still haven't had the time or money to get these done. I decided to install ARB lockers in both front and rear and probably use the 4.56:1 gear ratio. After that I'd like to get a winch, a big block (it's running a tired stock 350), and a roll cage.


I bought this pretty cheap from a guy who replaced it with a newer suburban. It was a hunting truck that "would go anywhere." Notice the cool [not] rear backup lamps on the top. The guy told me he needed the lights to close gates on dark roads. The body wasn't in great shape, a dented door, and rust forming. Can you see the duct tape holding part of the moulding in place?

Specs:
1983 K20 3/4T Chevrolet Suburban, 350 cid engine, 4bbl rochester carb, 40 gallon gas tank, trailer brakes, towing package, 150K+ miles, 4-speed tranny with "granny" low, NP208 transfer case, open semi-floater differentials (corporate) with 3.73:1 gear ratio, seats 9, no fluff! Stock crawl ratio is about 63:1, not bad.

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