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Axel upgrade questions.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by shum1, Apr 21, 2001.

  1. shum1

    shum1 1/2 ton status

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    I found my 14b ff and corp 10 bolt 8 lug for $300. How much (if any) play should there be before the wheels turn when you turn the drive shaft? Also, will the stock auto lock hubs from my 1/2 ton 10 bolt fit on the 3/4 8 lug 10 bolt? I know you guys hate auto hubs but they work great for my mixed snow/dry conditions in the long canyon at my house. Thanks.
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    A little play is normal, how much play do you have?

    Chuck the auto hubs dude. For mixed condition driving I keep the hubs locked and just shift back and forth between 4 hi and 2 hi as needed without stopping. At least I know when my hubs are engaged...
    Your auto hubs may take out other parts when they fail, and they will fail, probably sooner than later.

    Rene


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  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    BTW good deal on the axles!

    Rene

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  4. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    You should have about 1/8 of a turn of play. And the auots are out. Go with the manuals, and leave them locked in. Doesn't hurt anything but maybe 1 mile less per gallon.

    And great deal on the axles.

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
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  5. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Man that is a nice deal on the rear ends!!

    I also put my vote in fo rthe manual hubs! Mine gave out on me when I was trying to free a friend from a mud hole and man did that suck!!!


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  6. Daveytree

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    Manual hubs are the way to go. Warn makes a nice set. It is only a little more trouble to lock them in when needed. It will save you a bunch of trouble when your auto hubs fail. I used to like automatic too.

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