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14BFF Seals - translated = disc conversion?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by KRAZIE87K5, Sep 22, 2001.

  1. KRAZIE87K5

    KRAZIE87K5 1/2 ton status

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    I noticed today that the drivers drum has gear oil on it [​IMG]...

    This of course means new pads, wheel cylinder(s), hardware, etc., plus I am sure that the drums will be out of spec...

    Is changing the seals on the 14BFF a huge task, or can I hack this in one afternoon?

    Do I just say SCREW IT! and convert to disc?!!! [​IMG] From everyone's experience, how much does this cost in total (with good brackets pls!)?

    Thanks for all the help folks!

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  2. Stoopalini

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    If it's leaking gear oil, you probably will want to throw a speedi-sleeve on it. The seal that is pressed into the drum, actually wears a groove in the spindle and causes it to leak.

    Check out <a target="_blank" href=http://off-road.ws/index.cfm?vwart=&amp;artid=11>this link</a> for a write-up on installing a speedi-sleeve.

    The drum seal is not that hard to change if you have a press. If not, you may want to take the drum somewhere to have the new seal pressed in.

    I don't know much about the disc conversion, except that it is pretty expensive; and most people who do it end up without an E-brake.

    Thomas.

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  3. KRAZIE87K5

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    Thanks for the info Tom. I do not have a press, but would try to install the seal myself first I guess... but anyhow... thanks for the advise on the speedi sleeve deal too!

    As for the disc conversion - I have heard people talking about $400 out the door if they do the work themselves.

    Not having a parking brake does not concern me too much, as I have never had one before either!

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  4. michaelm

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    what would you need a press for exactly?
    the seal is pressed into the hub not the drum.
    a seal driving tool makes it real simple to tap a seal in, i dont own one and have no problem using a 1/2 drive large socket put on an long extension to reach into the drum and gently tap around the edges of the seal until it seats.
    looks like someone beat the hell out of the hub near the seal in your article, i wonder why?
    strange that your brake backing plate was rotated 90deg
     
  5. outlaw612

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    My calipers cost $13 and my rotors cost $25, pads were $11. Total I have about $150 with brake lines. Add about $100 for brackets and thats it. The seals are eay to change, just pry them out and hammer them back in with a board across the seal.

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    Whoever had the 14 bolt before me had the tension on the nut (spindle nut?) set too loose and the drum must have been banging around. That's how the hub got beat up. I had to replace the hub to completely fix the oil leak. It was beat to the point where the seal would distort when installed into the hub.

    I always prefer a press over the hammer for this kind of seal, but when I didn't have one, I usually used a board and hammer too. It's is pretty nice having the press around when you neet it [​IMG] .........

    Thomas.

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    Neither page can be viewed.

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    weird works for me, must be stored in temp internet files.
    what error message are you getting?
     
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    Both are saying "this page cannot be displayed". [​IMG]

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