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2 1\2 Military Axles Rockwells?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 2High4U, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. 2High4U

    2High4U 1/2 ton status

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    any one got pics of these on their ride?
    I was wondering what the pros and cons where to these?
    majorly my question is... is it possible to hook them up to th sm465 manual tranny and np205
    any good suspension ideas?

    sorry i like to dream... sometimes my dreams come true
     
  2. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    well you dont have to dream too much...


    Pros
    leaf sprung axles - so easy swap from a leaf sprung truck
    extremely low gear ratio
    2 can be had for the price of 1 dana 60 front - ($800 a pair usually)
    STRONG
    lockers available - expensive
    disc conversion available - expensive

    Cons
    heavy
    drum brakes - disc is expensive
    full hydro steering - guess you probably could come up with hydro assist and some how hook it up.. for street purpose
    20" rims - yes you can get centers but costly????
    alot of lift to clear the axle


    anyhow.. I was going to go with them... and still might... someday

    my goal was 15" lift, rockwells (dual steer), and 53" michelins...
    some day donkey... some day.... :haha:

    few pics fer ya...


    for pics checkout..
    www.chevyboys.com
    www.misfits4x4.net
     
  3. RampageFSJ

    RampageFSJ 1/2 ton status

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    Disk doesn`t cost all that much if you search in the right places for a pinion brake setup.

    You can find companies that make smaller than 20 inch wheels for them.

    You should run at least a 40 inch tire because of the low gearing and clearance under the axles.

    I may think of something else later.
     
  4. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    Click the link in my sig, click on the Gilmer tab, click on the blue buggy picture "bubba". His bugy runs rockwells and pinion brakes and 44s. Pinion brakes are not street legal though. His has 4 wheel hydraulic steering. With his setup, he can idle up DeWoody in Gilmer.
    BTW you can find Rockwells for 100-200 each
     
  5. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Two choices with disc brakes.

    1. Pinion mount brake. Really a "negative" since the disc spins twice as fast as a standard hub mounted disc. Translates to more heat which warps rotors. Running this setup will allow 15" rims to be mounted once the drums have been removed.

    2. Bearing hub mounted disc brakes. Better for street/highway driving duties. Rims will have to be larger but not sure exactly on the minimum size. Better stopping power since there are discs at each corner.

    All varies on rim size and what you plan to do with the rig. If it were me, I'd go with the hub mounted discs and larger rims, like 20's.
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Pinion brakes aren't safe for a vehicle that routinely sees street use. Period.
     
  7. k5 krawler 50

    k5 krawler 50 1/2 ton status

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    DP_90K5 has a new rig that he put 2.5 rockwells under. So far his set up is pretty clean looking. Do a search under his name, and you will find his threads about it.
     
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    Has anyone ever seen rockwells with air brakes on them?
     
  9. mikey_d05

    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    There was talk on Pirate of a Rocky with air brakes on it but it turned out to be a different Merritor-Rockwell axle, not the military toploader style that most people are using.
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Yep, I agree. Thats why I posted reason number two:

     
  11. 2High4U

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    Steering\Suspension Rockwells 2 1\2 TON

    I Still don't have them but still have a few questions before I get into the actual project.

    I need information on steering set-ups and suspension setups or even a set of plans for what works best in a 73 blazer, i just want to make sure that the drivline angles are ok etc.

    it would be for a dd but i want it rockable also :D

    why does everyone buy up D60 when you can get a front and rear set of 2 1\2 ton axles? :confused:
     
  12. mouse

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    I know a guy who has a set for sale (as of Aug). I don't know the price though.
     
  13. TLCOR

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    At ya mama's!
    In Norway we have GMC M6s with 2.5T RockWells that comes stock with manual lockers.. :D
     

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