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10 bolts and lockers?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by camokrawler, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. camokrawler

    camokrawler Registered Member

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    OK...i'm getting a set of 35 inch dunlop mud rovers and black soft 8 rims this week. i'm running 38's ground hawgs at the moment but i gettin to old for bouncin around on bias plys in an every day driver. haha. i need my truck viagra. lol. i want to put good lockers in it. i really like crawling and a lil mud. for going to places like uwharrie and tellico locked on 35s how bad am i gonna break stuff? i never broken anything with my one wheel peel brake stands on 38s other than u joints. i do have 410 gears. any input appriciated.

    camokrawler
     
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    JEBSR 1/2 ton status

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    with a locker you are going to put alot more stress on those axles. I personally would try and find a 6 lug 14 blt sf. You should be able to find one with 410's as well. If you are going to use the 10 bolt anyway I would at least put C clip eliminaters on the axles.
     
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    Your driving style will matter alot. I've been running 35's with 3.08 gears and lockrite's in front 10b and back 12b for over a year. URE and Tellico no problems other than body damage. :D
     
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    well at least you`re not pullin an Avery:D
     
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    I have been told by several people that C-clip eliminators are for onroad & drag race applications and they tend to leak especially when used on offroad trucks.

    As far a 10 bolt holding up they can if you drive with your brain. They are not super strong axles and don't like to be abused heavily. If you plan on running decent trails and want good (relatively speaking) strength out of 10 bolts this is my opinon.

    Rear:

    Chromo rear axleshafts & a lunchbox locker (lockright, etc) miniumum if not a full case locker (detroit, etc).

    10 bolt rear axles are known to have weak spider gears and axleshafts. The axleshaft problem is cured by the chromo axle and the spider gears are cured by a locker. The next weak link in the rear is the carrier especially if it is a 30 spline 10 bolt and a full case locker like a Detroit takes care of that problem.

    Front:

    Lunchbox locker, good manual locking hubs, & good quality ujoints.

    The front axles are pretty good for use up to 35-37" tires with a good driving style. It is important to make sure you have good ujoints in the axle and not to be gassing it hard when the wheel is turned heavily. Carry spare parts especially preassembled axleshafts.

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    I personally have run a 10 bolt front axle for 3 years with very few problems with 35" & 37" tires on a locked axle in a truck that I rockcrawl. I have a pretty conservative driving style and I listen to my spotters who are very good so I have NOT broken 1 axleshaft yet. I have ruined one but I never broke one. I wollowed the ujoint ears on the axleshaft out and it had to be replaced but that is my only 10 bolt problem as of yet. This is mainly due to the fact that I try my best to drive smart and listen to my spotters.

    I know that at places like Tellico you need wheelspeed sometimes to get up things so you need to be smart in those situations and try and keep your wheels as straight as possible to keep the front axle as strong as possible. When a ujoint is turned it becomes infinitely weaker. Drive smart and carry spares and tools to change possible breakage. That is my best advise.

    Harley
     

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