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1 ton questions.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by hammermachine, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. hammermachine

    hammermachine 1/2 ton status

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    The truck I just bought has 1 ton axles. What is the good and bad of these monsters? Are there any special needs of maintinance required?
     
  2. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    The good is that they are pretty strong. The 14bff rear is pretty much bombproof and the D60 front is pretty stout even stock. The D60 is also very $$$ if you buy it by itself. $1000 or more is normal for a D60 in stock form and ok shape. In stock form the D60 can handle 38-40" tires pretty well even under hard use. There weak spot is the 30 spline stubs and hubs. They can be upgraded to 30 spline chromoly or 35 spline and you have an axle that is good up to 44" tires under heavy use. It still might break but it is going to take some work to do it. A 14bff is good to 44's stock.

    The downside is they are HEAVY. They are both about 550 lbs each. They also have less ground clearence then the lighter stuff but that is the tradeoff for having alot stronger axles. You can shave both axles to help with ground clearence.

    Harley
     
  3. K5er4Life

    K5er4Life 1/2 ton status

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    none more than any other axle thats out there, be happy you are 90 percent further than alot of people want to be with their trucks.
     
  4. hammermachine

    hammermachine 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks that's good to know.
     
  5. hammermachine

    hammermachine 1/2 ton status

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    tow hooks / anchor points

    Does anybody know of a good way to create/ install anchor points/ tow points for the front of a K5?
     
  6. mouse

    mouse 1/2 ton status

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    My opinion for tow points is to build/buy a beefy winch bumper and have attach points for 3/4 inch D-rings. The stock tow hooks are not really strong and will bend or break if you use them regularly.

    Post up some pics of your rig when you can.
     
  7. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    If you stay with a stock bumper, cut 2 holes in it and weld a 3/4" piece of plate to the frame and cut a hole in it for a shackle.
     

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