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beat to death- is 14bff necessary?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by XHitman396, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. XHitman396

    XHitman396 1/2 ton status

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    '87 k5, mild motor, built 700-r4, no rocks, pretty much all mud, so i need the clearance of a sf if possible, daily driver. 35" tires with 4.56 or 4.10 gears. can a 14bff be trimmed enough to not make much of a difference in clearance in the two without taking an entire bolt out? am i gonna really need the extra strength in th ff? then there's the adapter part of it, money is of the essence.. thanks for your input...
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    dont for get the little brother 9.5 sf 14 bolt.
     
  3. firefighter184

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    I'm putting a 14b SF under mine in a little while (it's in the driveway now, but I'm waiting until I can afford new wheels and tires...). I think for mud, the SF is definitely going to hold up with what you're running.
     
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    Large axles are worth it for the peace of mind, and it's not like you're putting a FW60 in a Jeep, it's dead simple
     
  5. blazinzuk

    blazinzuk Buzzbox voodoo Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I am going to put a F**d 9" under my blazer 36s SF 14b are expensive around here will have to buy adaptors to run the 6 lug wheels though :rotfl::rotfl:
     
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    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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    The reason I put a 14BFF on mine was because the C-clip failed on my 12B and when I made the turn to go down my street the wheel and axle shaft flew out the side. I could just imagine what that would have been like in traffic. Now I won't have to worry about that dangerous piece of engineering any more and I have a stronger axle to boot.
     
  7. Zeitler

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    how is the D60's ground clearance , it is similar to 14SF maybe?

    like spearchucker said it is worth getting rid of those c-clips
     
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    with 35's and 14bff you will have horrible clearance even if you shave it.
     
  9. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Mild truck , just get a lockright and some spare shafts . Save your money for recovery stuff for when you are stuck in that mud :D
     
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    Advantage of the 14bff is that you only do it once. It is not to likely you will have to replace an axle shaft or anything else in it. They are also easy to put detroits into and disc brakes swaps are pretty easy/cheap.

    The clearance issue isn't as big of a deal in mud as it is in rocks. Just shave it as much as possible.

    If the 14bsf wasn't a c-clip design it would be a much more appealing.

    But thats just my opinion, if you want a worry free axle that will last a long time and be easy to upgrade, go 14bff...also good if you go to bigger tires, and everyone gets that bug eventually.
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  11. Z3PR

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    Well, I like the 14 bolt FF because they are strong, and they are cheap. I am more into mudding and trails then anything else, so the 14 bolt FF fit my needs well. Guess it doesn't matter anymore, I sold the 76.
     
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    i ran a 14bsf for about a year untill the pinion bearing blew up, then i put a ff in
     
  13. Beast388

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    I'll 2nd that!!:waytogo: :waytogo:
     

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