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Axle predicament......PIc!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Rasberry, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. Rasberry

    Rasberry 1/2 ton status

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    I'm looking for some input.

    Here's whats going on. I need to replace my 12 bolt rearend, because the hole on the leafspring perch has wallowed out some.
    I have another 12 bolt but I pulled off the cover to find a tooth missing from the pinion.
    I'm only running 35's and let say its a daily driver that I sometimes go wheeling.
    Do I
    A. buy new ring and pinion(carrier and spiders don't appear to be damaged)
    B. buy a 14 bolt(in which case I'd need new rims and tires for the rear, can a 14bolt take a 15" rim?)
    C. buy a 12 bolt from a salvage yard
    D. other option

    I really don't want to spend more than 300.00, and I would need to fix it soon.

    Thanks for any Input.
     
  2. Rebel88

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    Re: Axle predicament

    take your ring and pinion and odd and ends out of the one with the wallowed out spring perch...put it in the one thats got a tooth missing...there ya go...your 12 bolts fixed

    Later
     
  3. Z3PR

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    Re: Axle predicament

    Get the 14 Bolt FF !!!!!! and use the 8 to 6 lug adaptor. That way you keep your current rims. 8 to 6 lug adaptor
     
  4. Hossbaby50

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    Re: Axle predicament

    Take your old axle out and have a new perch welded on. It is the cheapest and easiest thing to do. Should take a shop less then 45 minutes to cut off the old perch and reweld anew one on. Then take home and reinstall. Drive away without the hassle of having to swap gear from axle to axle or any other junk.
     
  5. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Re: Axle predicament

    Replace the spring perches.
     
  6. HarryH3

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    Re: Axle predicament

    D. Other option:

    Use a welder to fill the part of the existing perch that has wallowed out. Use a drill to make the hole the right size again. Bolt the springs to the axle again. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  7. Rasberry

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    Re: Axle predicament

    Here's what I mean. My u-bolt got loose on me and the axles started moveing back and forth.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. HarryH3

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    Re: Axle predicament

    Hmm, looks like you let it go for quite a while! /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif It looks like the lower edge of the perch in that picture is also pretty messed up. You could still fix it with a welder and some hammer work, but new perches are only around $20. If you don't have a welder, then you'll have to pay for welding work either way. Having new perches welded on might not cost that much more than fixing that one. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
  9. tRustyK5

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    Re: Axle predicament

    You could skin that perch with a piece of 2.5"x1/4" flat bar 5" long and drill a new hole. Weld all around the flat bar to the perch and call it good.

    Rene
     
  10. Sandman

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    Re: Axle predicament

    There you go. that would be the easiest way.
     
  11. Rasberry

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    Re: Axle predicament

    I don't have a welder and I really didn't want to have to take it anywhere. So I've already swapped out gears and put it back up under my Blazer. All thats left is the brakes which I'll do in the morning.

    Thanks for all the input.

    I swear one of these days I'm going to buy a nice welder.
     
  12. TONYP

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    rasberry,
    If that is your main problem with that axle I'll make you a set of zero rates that will hang over the ends to hold the leaf pack from moving front to back, then the jacked hole will still hold it from side to side. This will raise you rear 3/4" inch. Let me know cause that is an easy fix......
     

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