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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MTPockets, Jun 18, 2001.

  1. MTPockets

    MTPockets 1/2 ton status

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    no, im not gay. not that there is anything wrong with that, but thats not what im into.

    anyway, i want to gain some ground clearance and would like to hear some experience from fellow ck5ers that have done this mod or know how to.
    what tools did you use and how much did you take off?
    got 10/12 bolts
    thanks
    MTPockets

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  2. 2Dogs

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    Try waxing.....

    Couldn't resist. LOL

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    You might not drink so much coffee [​IMG]

    Are you talking about bobbing it? I know someone on here has done that. I don't remember his username. [​IMG].

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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    He's talking about removing some steel from the underside of the diff for added ground clearance...either that or he has a hairy butt![​IMG]

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    Has anyone actuallly cut off enough that they had to weld in a piece of plate, not just grind off the bottom? I've read about and seen a few 60's where this was done, but never a 14 bolt. I saw an article on the 60 online a few days ago, but don't remember where the link was.

    Pete

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    <font color=purple> Once when I was on the swim team..........Hahahaha !

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    No, I'm naturally smooth. lol

    I've a seen few articles about it in magazines (can't remember which ones), but they were on bigger axles like a D60 or a 14bolt. And on the 14 bolt they actually welded a plate on after to strengthen it up.

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    Here's the link on the shaved Dana 60.

    http://www.off-road.com/chevy
     
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    This would require removing the rear and probably removing gears and axles (weight). It would be a empty housing. Mount in a milling machine like at a Machine shop and they would simply square off the bottom. If they took alot off they could even notch it and add the plate just like the ones in the mags. Not that hard just hard to find someone to do it. I have a guy that can do it here and I will get a price for you. They are making some steel bushings for me right now for my x-over steering.

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    I want to know what you find about cutting the pumpkins. I'm interested in this as well. I keep reading about it for a 14b and Dana 60 but never see it for a 10b.... I think from what I know you can sawzall it off... maybe a 1/2 inch... I know I have heard people getting up to 3/4 inch off of a Dana 60...

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    I did this on my 14-bolt FF before installing it, probably taking about 3/4" off. However, the 14 FF has a huge lip that hangs down on the bottom and acts like an anchor. Most of what I took off was this lip and only ground a slight amount off the actual bottom housing. I think getting rid of that lip and making the bottom of the diff smooth (so it slides over obstacles instead of catching) is just as beneficial as the increase in clearance. It still hangs down quite a bit further (no really good measurements yet, but I would estimate about an inch) than my previous 10-bolt.

    I used a air-powered cutoff wheel to take the biggest chunk of the lip off, then cleaned it up with an angle grinder. I don't think this is the easiest or fastest way but they were the tools that I had available. Either a sawzall or somebody really good with a torch might make the job easier. I also had the axle out of the vehicle so I could rotate it bottom side up.

    The 10-bolt does not have nearly the same amount of material hanging on the bottom as the 14 FF, but you could still probably get an extra 1/2" of clearance without much problem and. I have not actually ground my front 10-bolt because the rear 14 always bottoms out first, but one of these days I probably will trim it up a little.

    Remember, an extra 1/2" of clearance on the bottom of the diff is equal to clearance gained by 1" taller tires.
     

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