Chris Hamilton September 24, 2021 OBS Builders Guide
MuscleRods offers everything you need to drop a new LT-based engine into your ’88-’98 GM truck. They have bolt-in engine mount and crossmember kits that are specifically designed for your truck to fit a 2014 and up LT engine. The new kits also support all early and late model transmissions. There is a new oil pan designed from the ground up to meet the oiling requirements and fitment issues of the 5th Gen engine. Also offered are 1 7/8-inch 304 stainless steel long tube headers with MLS gaskets. So, whether you’re using a pull-out truck engine or a new LT4 crate engine, MuscleRods has you covered with parts that are designed to work together.
Boyd Welding is the leader in fuel tanks and their new ’88-’98 tank includes a 41001 in-tank EFI assembly combined with an Aeromotive 340 fuel pump. Each tank is intended to mount to the bottom of the frame rail without removing the “X” shape rear cross member.
This machined aluminum tie rod adjuster sleeve offers better adjustability and a cleaner look. These will also better secure the tie rods into the adjuster versus the factory style.
Ridetech recently announced the launch of two new suspension systems for 1988-1998 C1500 pickup trucks. Available in coilover and air ride configurations, both systems replace your truck’s leaf springs with wishbone-link rear suspension and tubular StrongArm front suspension.
The wishbone upper link locates your truck’s axle without the need for a separate Panhard bar and works with two lower links to improve handling, ride quality better than leaf springs. It all bolts to your factory frame by way of a tubular crossmember and heavy-duty C-notches. Ridetech StrongArms and 2-inch drop spindles combined with coilovers or air springs wand a MUSCLEbar front sway bar complete the system.
Dress up the door jambs of your truck with these All American Billet Door Jamb Vents. Machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, these vents are made to last and look great. Available in machined finish, polished or black anodized. Sold in pairs.
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This kit will increase the intensity and improve the spread pattern by keeping all four lights on when in high beam mode. Designed specifically for all 1988-1998 GM full-size trucks and SUVs.
This harness is designed for 1996-1999 5.0L & 5.7L Vortec CMFI engines with a 4L60E or 4L80E transmission. Included with this harness is an eight-circuit modular fuse block and GM color coded wires with labels for easy installation.
This extended length harness allows 8 feet from the back of the intake manifold to where the fuse block and ECM mount. Perfect for those that plan to mount these components under the seat or in the center console.
Elevated Concepts recently released this rack-and-pinion steering conversion kit for ’88-’98 2WD Chevy trucks. This kit bolts into the factory locations using the supplied bracket, and includes all the hoses, flow valve, U-joint, bump steer kit and hardware you will need. This is a Uni-Steer Mustang II style rack that has been re-valved and built for this style truck. You can request this kit for lifted applications, and this kit will work on stock to body dropped trucks.
This new dash assembly has been developed exclusively by LMC Truck using improved heat-resistant thermoplastic compounds to resist shrinking and fading. Dash panel is painted in gray using paint mixed with an ultraviolet inhibitor to help prevent damage from the exposure to sunlight. The dash assembly includes the air duct sealed to the panel as original and ready to accept all your factory components.
A compact short design allows this remanufactured Baer Brakes mtaster to fit in a wide variety of applications since GM and Ford use the same unit. The firewall mount is designed to fit both. Machined screw-in caps allow easy access to fill and are knurled at edge to make removal easy. Bolt on proportioning valve block is also available.
All new aluminum radiator for 1988-1998 GM full-size trucks with dual 16-inch fans giving you a total of 3000 CFM. All aluminum construction with a heavy duty two-row core with 1.0-inch tubes. Includes a heavy-duty transmission cooler and engine oil cooler as well as a billet CNC machined filler neck and a new cap.
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Dirty Dingo Truck Mounts are precision CNC laser cut from .250 thick 1050 high carbon cold rolled steel. These patented design LS adjustable conversion mounts are for installing the 1997-2013 Gen III/IV LS series engine into older GM muscle cars. They are slotted for adjustment with engine placement in the
This instrumentation package is a great upgrade from the original cluster. Not only will you be gaining a tachometer, but you’ll also have precise instruments with a large, full-color TFT message center which allows for auxiliary readings, and the whole works can interface with just about any drivetrain you can stuff between the fenders—and we mean any.
Designed for ’88-’98 Chevrolet Silverado/Sierra 3/4 Ton (8 lug), 1 Ton & SS 454. One of the most notable but often forgotten improvements you can make to your Sport Truck or SUV is the addition of anti-swaybars. The reduction of the boat-like body roll keeping the body flat in the turns creates a more confident and safe driving experience. Incorporating 30 plus years of design experience, Belltech anti-swaybars are designed to improve handling and steering response by minimizing body roll while not affecting ride quality.
Eliminate any chance of rusted out freeze plugs with a Mr. Gasket Brass Freeze Plug Kit. Though designed for marine applications, kits are for long-term stored vehicles as well as everyday street use. Kit includes all plugs needed for a complete engine. Fits Chevrolet small block.