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14BFF LockRight Installation

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rcamacho, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. rcamacho

    rcamacho 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone have a tech write up on this? Specifically I'm looking for some guidance on validating the side gear clearances since the carrier is mostly blind.
     
  2. goldwing2000

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    Did you already buy the lockrite? For almost the same money, you can get a Detroit and the installation is the same, if not easier.
     
  3. trailblazr81

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    The instructions were pretty good. I found a write up searching the web...
    I did this in a couple hours, taking my time, cleaning everything, having a couple beers, sending pics to friends with the camera phone.


    EDIT: OK heres one http://www.off-road.com/chevy/tech/detroit/ its for a detroit locker but its very similar.
    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=328610 also for the Detroit. Mine hadnt been touched since it was all put together over 30 years ago. The gear oil was kinda nasty but I just cleaned it all and put it back together and everything works fine!!
     
  4. rcamacho

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    Yep. Picked one up for ~200 shipped which is a heck of a lot lower than I could find a Detroit.
     
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    from were?
     
  6. rcamacho

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    Ebay! :)
     
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    ok, I'll keep my eyes out....
     
  8. goldwing2000

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    It's a decent deal but you can get Detroits all day long for $370 (less on eBay) and have a much stronger unit.

    Anyway, best of luck. It should come with instructions but if it doesn't, you could probably download a pdf from the manufacturer web site.
     
  9. jekquistk5

    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I think beast383 or something like that did a good write up about 3 months ago

    Ahh crap I'm blue again...
     
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    Not trying to be a dick, but how are the 14BFF Detroits stronger than Lockrights? Just curious.
     
  11. goldwing2000

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    They're just stronger by design. A Lockright is like "Locker Lite" for people who want a drop-in unit without the hassle of a full install. Except that when you're dealing with a 14bff, the full Detroit is an easier install.
     
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    Detroit and Lockright are both lunchboxes for the 14 bolt ff, hence my question.

    I understand if the full case detroit was the case it would be stronger, but it isn't the case (that was a horrible pun, I am sorry).
     
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    I did a small pictorial about the Detroit install.:D
     
  14. goldwing2000

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    All lunchboxes are not created equal... ;)
     
  15. atho

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    ok, so whats different?
     
  16. goldwing2000

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    Call this number:
    (800) 328-3850

    Ask them what the difference is. If they tell you that they're both the same, I'll withdraw my opinion.
     
  17. rcamacho

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    The lock right re-uses the cross pin and side gears. Additionally the couplers on the lockright have a comparatively small tooth profile. So, the lockright is more likely to strip the couplers or break the stock side gear.

    Is that worth ~$200 price difference for me? -In this case yes. If I were a hard core offroader than maybe not.
     
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    thanks!
     
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    Thats correct. The detroit is an overall stronger unit. In fact, its arguably the strongest locker you can buy. I currently have a detroit in my 14ff. I dd the truck for 2 years, and the detroit was flawless. It locked quickly, and always worked perfectly. I have a 10 bolt up font, so I wont be putting the extra money into it for a detroit. I have a lock right waiting to go into it. If I ever upgrade to a D60 however, I will definitely go with a detroit. Peace of mind.
    -Harrison
     
  20. rcamacho

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    I just finished the installation last evening. The only real challenge was getting the ring gear bolts out of the carrier. My impact gun was useless so I had to get the breaker bar out.
     

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