Sometimes the bleeder screws are metric, sometimes standard.Finally found a home for the 8.5” I picked up about 4 years ago. On and off worked on cleaning it up since getting it (including snapping the cross pin bolt, fun) and after planning on putting it in the wagon last summer I freshened it up, internals looked good to me so just axle bearings, replaced one axle with a better used original one I had, longer studs, and a good wire wheeling. The last couple weeks started the swap, picked up a driveshaft from a 2005 Trailblazer 2wd, snug fit but works. Test run this morning and no loud noises, fell off or leaked so it passes the test. Need to bleed the brakes, the speed bleeders I like to use and bought don’t fit, the new wheel cylinders apparently take a slightly different thread or pitch than stock.
New Ridetech arms in the rear too, sits slightly lower for some reason now as well. I also put on 1/2” spacers on each side after noticing the passenger side rubbed the inner wheelwell very slightly with the 5mm spacers I had been using.
Behaves well with the 3.73’s, can get out of it’s own way a bit better now, I wouldn’t want to take it on the freeway (ok, interstate) but feels good up to 50 or so.
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