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14 BOLT QUESTIONS

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ben794X4, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. ben794X4

    ben794X4 Registered Member

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    I have been looking around my area for a 14bff most of them Ive found are around 400 bucks. Today I found a 14 bolt semifloater for 100 with the govlock and new brakes. I just dont know about this so any help is appreciated.

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  2. muddin4fun

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    What aren't you sure about?

    what type of wheeling do you do and what size tires are you gonna run? A semi floater isn't as strong as a FF, but depending on what you're doing, you may not need a FF.


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    if you're on a budget ( like me- $0), that is an ideal axle. its dimensions are superior to the 'callista' stocker, and hey, when the gov-lok works, it's better than being open!

    if it's cashed out, weld it shut and go almost anywhere....

    for 100 bucks, what the hell, run it till it dies....

    greg

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    Man, I don't know how Idaho is, but here in Texas the salvage yards are overflowing with fullfloater 14 bolts. I wouldn't pay more than $100 for one and could probably get it for less.
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  5. Blue85

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    That is a good find. Generally the FF are more plentiful, so even though the 14B SF is not as strong and doesn't have as many parts, it generally fetches a higher price used. I am running a 9.5" SF now and I am really happy with it. It is a lot stronger than a 10 or 12 bolt rear end. It can easily be converted to 6-lug, too, which may save you the cost of new wheels. Just the drums for any 14B are $80+ a piece. The used axleshafts are worth more than $100. The only reason not to buy it is if the gears are messed up or not the right ratio. But even with a gear swap, it should come in less than the $400 for the other ones.

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    The way I see it, you could go with the 14sf, but it is heavy and a still a c-clip axle...so why not go the extra mile, get the 14ff and do it once and forget about it. Build as strong as you can even if you dont think you need the strength of a 14ff(although I cannot see how that is possible), and I would think you could find a 14ff fairly cheap, or even if you have to drive a bit to get one, gas aint that expensive. $100 sounds like a deal, but a gov-lok aint nothin special, and it might need internal work as well.
     

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