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12-14-2000, 12:27 AM
i was wondering how much a stock 1972 blazer weighs. also, what are the best parts to replace with fiberglass?

12-14-2000, 08:08 AM
Bummer dude....thats the "Ultimate" replacement...

My 1983 K5 tipps the scale at 5700+, with quater of a tank of fuel and empty and thats without my fat a$$ in it. Wanna know why its so heavy?!?!? 6.2 Diesel.....

J**'s whats for dinner!

12-14-2000, 08:16 AM
Well on the inside of your drivers side door you should have the factory plate with the factory weight listed there! I think it says 5500 if I remember.
Fiberglass???? On a wheeler?? Remember if you replace body panels on a 4x4 with fiber then go wheelin and touch a rock or a tree, CRACK, wasted money...... This ofcorse this is just my opinon but I think its easyier to fix sheet metal than replacing fiberglass body parts all the time!
Why are you going for a lighter rig?

72K5 Zeppelin ON!

12-14-2000, 08:24 AM
Well, my 78 K5 weighs in at 5,680#. Thats with all accessories and spare parts plus the winch.

Mudzer 1978/91 K5
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12-14-2000, 09:30 AM
Since when was the vehicle weight on the door? GVWR is NOT the weight of the vehicle BTW.


12-14-2000, 09:44 AM
NO? What is it??
Gross Vehical Weight?? doesn't that imply the intire weight of the vehicle?????

72K5 Zeppelin ON!

12-14-2000, 10:45 AM
Vehicle weight is given in the ColoradoK5 specification section. Does anyone know what the given weight is for? My guess is that it is for standard equipment, curb weight ready for shipping (with coolant and lubricants, but no fuel.) They seem to run about 1000 lbs lighter than the weights given in this post for trail ready vehicles. BTW GVWR is the maximum legal weight for the vehicle, fully loaded.

12-14-2000, 10:50 AM
(G)ross (V)ehicle (W)eight (R)ating means how much the vehicle is intended to be able to weigh with the components from the factory. So, if your truck says 5500 GVWR, it means that that's the maximum weight that the vehicle can handle with the factory equipment. So, if you have a 1/2 ton truck with a 5500 GVWR, your truck, probably weighs in at 4500 unloaded, then when you add the 1/2 ton capacity into the bed or wherever, you reached the trucks GVWR.

Obviously, that's with a stock unmodified truck. I'm guessing that because of the question, your truck isn't exactly how it was when it came out of the factory, or you don't intend for it to be very long.

The only real way to tell is to go to the dump or metal recycler and ask the guy who runs the scales how much your truck weighs unloaded. If he's real nice ask if you can weigh you truck front first, then all at once, then rear. This way you can tell how much weight bias you have front to rear. If you are getting custom springs made, from National or Alcan, you'll have accurate measurements of your truck.



I've got my dream truck and it's a 72 K-5 that is getting there!!

12-14-2000, 10:51 AM
The weight's in the spec section are for bone stock K5's with 6 popper motor and no options, that is why they are so light. My 90 with soft top, 14 bolt rear and 400# of bumpers/winch/spare/trail gear and 1/2 tank of gas weighs 5720#

1990 K5 with stuff

12-14-2000, 03:18 PM
Thanks Buddy!! I din't know that!!I have no clue as to were mine is now! Looks like I'll be takein it to the local scale to satisfy my curiocity

72K5 Zeppelin ON!

12-14-2000, 03:50 PM
Mine weighed 2820 kg, that equates to about 6200 lbs. Im not sure why mine is so much heavier than the others...
BTW, my front axle and rear axle were very close to the same weight as well. I think the front was heavier by about 100 lbs or so.


<font color=blue>Thumper
85 Fullsize Jimmy
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12-15-2000, 04:07 AM
hey thumper, almost the same front and rear? you got a spare motor in the back?


Mr Red
12-15-2000, 08:36 PM
BUDDY is right on the mark. GVW is the max. There's also a max for load over the front and a max for load over the rear axles. That's why we should all do what was mentioned earlier.... Get the weight at the scales w/ just the front axle on some scales, then get it with just the rear axle on the scales. Check your manuals, take what you get from your scale results (empty truck scale weights) for the rear axle, subtract it from the Gross load allowed for the rear axle, and you'll know what you can put in the rear. Why there's a font axle GVW, I don't know. What I do know is how much I can put in the back of my rig... safely. But [there's always one of those] us safety people will tell you there's supposed to be a safety factor----don't try to figure it out, just follow the rules & you'll be fine.

<font color=red>David, '86 K5</font color=red>

12-15-2000, 08:50 PM
The reason for a front axle GVW is that when you put a load in the truck depending on where the load is centered you'll be adding weight to the front axle as well as the rear. Or if you're using a weight distributing hitch set-up on a heavy trailer, you'll also be loading more weight on the front end depending on the pre-tension you set on the bars. With my hitch set-up I can end up with the rear of the truck higher than empty. This means my 600 lbs tongue weight is now mostly on the front end. I don't tow this way, I found this out dialing in the hitch set-up.