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14 Bolt Front

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ProJunkRacing, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. ProJunkRacing

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    How many of you guys have or have seen 14 bolt front axles
     
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    Ive heard of em, but from what I remember, the increased strength wasnt worth the decreased ground clearance.
     
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    i forget who, but a guy on here is running one. for what i recall, he said he wouldnt do it again.
     
  4. Inu-Hanyou1776

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    I agree. Among Heepers, the 14-bolt has a nickname, "The Plow". So having a front version would only hang you up more.
     
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    they are not factory. all custom made...I know WMS will make one if you pay them enough.

    K5MONSTERCHEV is the board member that has one under his K5. dunno if he had WMS make it or he did it. I don't even know if he has front inner axleshafts yet...I think they would have to be custom.
     
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    Pics please, and how many thousands did it cost to make. :doah:
     
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    it cost him "about as much as a front Dana 60" I believe is what he said. He had it built or built it himself, I forget, but I know WMS didn't do it. No axleshafts as of yet, and no driveshaft since its center located. Hes going to angle a tcase down and make it sort of like a monster truck with both diffs centered.
     
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    The front shafts will be what? Like I said, how many thousands will it be when it's done. Not worth it IMO.
     
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    how much does say a set of Yukon shafts cost? I really don't think it will a whole hell of a lot to get it all done.
     
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    WMS is making one for their newest buggy project.
     
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    My Yukons 60 blanks were about 480$ I think. Then I had them splined. Total for the splining and shafts was just over 600$ with stubs and joints. I would think you could get the ones he needs for near the same.

    WMS does or did have some info on making 14bolt fronts on their site. IMO it is not worth it. You loose all the things that make a 14bolt worthy IMO. To me the biggest selling point of a 14bolt is that they are near bulletproof AND a dime a dozen. Make it all custome and all you have left is a strong ring and pinion design.
     
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    I agree but it is unique, can't take that away from it.
     
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    does look tough from the front
     
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    yeah that looks sweet but alot of work
     
  16. Kyle89K5

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    I've seen em in person :D

    No, they aren't cheap, but they are strong, REAL strong. As for hanging one up, shave one out and it's not bad at all, then again we run 44's, so it's really not that bad.

    The downside for a standard app like ours is that it REALLY doesn't work all that well for pass drop app, pinion offset kills you.

    There are really 2 reason to go 14 front

    1. you get a REALLY strong R&P
    2. The "I got it and you don't factor" :haha:

    From the chunk out, it's largely a D60. The inners are custom, but considering a full set of custom alloy's is ~$500 (current sale ;) ) plus the price of buying a 60 and scrapping the chunk, or buying after market C's and knuckles, plus the machine and assembly, the price can be comprable to a built D60, only stronger.

    With stronger shafts, joints, knuckles, c's etc... on the market for 60's, it only stands to reason that the R&P is you next weakest link, this is an upgrade :D
     
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