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AAAGGGGHHHH!! I HATE THIS PLACE!! - HUB Socket Part# PLEASE!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Brian 89KBlazer, May 10, 2001.

  1. Brian 89KBlazer

    Brian 89KBlazer 1/2 ton status

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    I hate this Stupid, Useless province!!! or at least the "parts" & Hardware stores here!!! Not one knew what a spindle nut socket was or had it for a GM 14 blt FF!!!

    Only place that even tried had one that is 65mm (2.56") dia, 76 mm (3") long & was listed for removing "4WD 73-81 3/4 & 1 ton GM & 78-84 3/4 & 1-ton Ford" It was a six prong, 1/2" drive socket. Is that the one I need for the hub lock nut on my 14 bolt FF rear axle???

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    Brian
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  2. Boss

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    Dude, I don't have the part # here handy (it's at home), but I can tell you that I ran into similar problems when looking for em. I bought one that said for 3/4 ton and 1ton rear GM axles (and other applications I'm sure), but when I went home, I tried it out and it didn't work!! So, I used the screw driver and hammer method to get the spindle nut out and brought it to the parts store. They checked their other hub sockets and the one that matched said for GM and Ford 1 ton FRONT axles!! I was like, ughhhh. It did fit perfect.
    BUT, it does NOT work on my FRONT D60 axle!!! So, I ordered on from JCW for D60 and it said for GM1ton, BUT, the prongs were too thick, so I had to grind them down to get them to fit/work. Pain these things are.
    Anyhow, from memory, the 14bolt is 6 prong, and the D60 is 4. I'm pretty sure that's right. I'll check tonight and let you know.
    Boss

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  3. BIGJ

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    Glad to see that I wasn't the only one who had to grind the socket to fit the prongs. Apparently GM changed the prong holes from square to rounded. When I replaced my lockrings last year, the new ones didn't fit my socket (rounded holes). However, the Snap on guy had a socket that fit the new style rings, but it was $65.00. Needless to say, I ground the old socket.

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  4. HarryH3

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    I bought a socket off of a Mac Tools truck that has a dual pattern. The outer one fits the nuts on my '74 14-bolt FF, the inner one fits the nuts on my '74 Dana 44 front axle. Cost me $35 US, but I've probably had it for 10 years, so the price is sure to be higher now. [​IMG]

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  5. Brian 89KBlazer

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    Thanks guys

    I guess it would have been too easy for GM to make the locking nut so that the same tool for the D60 would fit the 14blt nut too!!![​IMG]

    I'll keep looking & check with the Snap-on & Mac guys here.

    Brian
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    <font color=purple> Go to e-Bay .......... look under chevy blazer ......... they're always in there for around $8.00 ........... good luck.



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