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anyone have portal axles on they'r rig?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by unick, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. unick

    unick 1/2 ton status

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    anyone have portal axles on they\'r rig?

    These thing are kindof cool. Dont know how strong they are but the ground clearance would be awsome.


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    Re: anyone have portal axles on they\'r rig?

    There are a couple of K5s around that have them, but I'm not sure if the owners are CK5ers. They are super strong and somewhat difficult to make work on a K5, mainly because the common ones, the Unimogs, used a torque tube in the original application. The Volvo ones are apparantly easier to make work.
     
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    unicknn 1/2 ton status

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    Re: anyone have portal axles on they\'r rig?

    the volvo one ae where I got the idea from. It was in some mag that I read.
     
  4. jekbrown

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    Re: anyone have portal axles on they\'r rig?

    portals are sweet.. they also cost MAD $ for the average guy to run. Its not so much that they axles cost a fortune.. but that parts + 4-link front and rear + coils or coilovers + some kinda anti-wrap pro etc etc etc all start to add up to some serious $.

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  5. Blazr77400

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    Re: anyone have portal axles on they\'r rig?

    I am in the process of putting Unimog 404 portals in my 84 chev Truck. If you look at the big picture Portals are really not that expensive. You can get a Front steer axle and a nonsteer rear axle with 8lug hubs with Disk brakes and the Pinion conversions for around $4400 depending on how good a deal you can get on brakes. Sounds like alot but you get a lot including: Front and rear Selectable lockers, High pinion center sections, strength that surpasses 2&1/2ton axles, Disk brakes front&rear, the frontend turns sharper then most front ends, and you also get around 4.5inches more clearance because of the portals.
    If you compare that to what I had; Stock military 60 with Trac lock, and a stock military 14 bolt with a detroit. To upgrade these axles with an ARB(around $1300 installed) in the front, 35 spline outers with hubs(around $370), a disk brake kit for the rear(around $600, unless you can make your own), and if you wanted a selectable locker for the rear I think thats around 8 or $900. So that is around $3000 in upgrades to get you kinda close to the Unimogs. And that doesnt include the initial cost of the 60 and 14 bolt.($3200 from boyce equipment) But you dont get near the strength, near the clearance, cant turn as sharp, and you could also put rear steer in for only $350(front axle is $1100,and the rear is $750)
    You also dont have to have coils on the Unimogs, leafsprings with a good traction bar will be good enough.
    Its definatley more than finding a 1 ton truck and swapping the axles in, but once you start the upgrades the prices can get high on those too.
     
  6. Re: anyone have portal axles on they\'r rig?

    See them here.
    The "HULK"
     

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