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A New Angle

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jimmyjack, Dec 31, 2001.

  1. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Ok here we go again. The axles I was gonna buy are long gone. So I'm still stuck with an Auburn rear end thats a little tired. Hooks up well on dirt and pavement but is a little iffy on the rocks. I was thinking of putting a lock right in the front and leaving the Auburn in the rear. Any opinions? Would that alleviate any stress on the rear or would it help the Auburn work a little better? I still havent tossed my plans for an open carrier in the rear yet either for a lock right but I cant do both right now.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
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  2. CaptCrunch

    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    I guess not remembering what combo you have in your truck i would say this... rear wise... if it is half ton... be concerned about stress and go open, keep the auburn, or move to a better type posi unit like the new eatons. If you have a 14B then get a detriot if you can stand it on the streets. Overall I think Auburn is pretty dead in the water these days. They were the rage way back when, but they have their problems, aren't really adjustable or rebuildable either. For up front if you don't want to ever turn, use 4wd on the street (AZ... I know why would ya LOL [​IMG]) a locker or softlocker is ok. You can turn better if you invest in a rock ram setup... otherwise just go for the arb and enguage it when you need it. This helps IMO with breaking front axle shafts. If you have to turn sharp or even moderately you can dienguage the locker unless you need it. I had a locker up front of my old Ford Bronco and it sucked. Broke a lot of shafts up front... was totally a joke to drive in 4wd up on the street, and really was only good on straight shots in a mud pit. I went back open and actually did almost as well in the mud pits, but gained the ability to do trail runs, use 4wd on the streets and in snow, and never broke an axle shaft up front again. Obviously I'm not a rock crawler but that is my $.02 worth and none the less put your opst back up to the top for someone with more desert and rock experience [​IMG]

    -Mikey
    1987 Chevy K5 Blazer- 350 TBI
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  3. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks man. I think I'm gonna sit on it for awhile. No big rush right now, it still rolls forward.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     

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