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Cheater Bearings and bearing pullers

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Cavalry, Jun 3, 2001.

  1. Cavalry

    Cavalry 1/2 ton status

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    Ok in the new 4wheeler they have a geae swap article, and mention "cheater Bearings" for setting up the pattern. Sounds like a good idea to me but how much do they cost? I can't think of any practical way to bore a regular bearing and really am doubting they are common except from the source them mentioned
    The bearing puller they showed in the pic also looks like it would save me some time....looks easy enough to build but what exactly does the bearing hook on to. I see a adjusting bolt in the side. Is there a bearing splitter inside?


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  2. POWERMAD

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    I'm still waiting for my issue :-(
    What I have done in the past was buy a pinion bearing and have at it with a carbide burr and die-grinder then it was easy to get the depth figured out with out destroying the bearing every time you have to make an adjustment.
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  3. K5RON

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    Any machinist, worth his salt can do it to a standard bearing. He'll chuck it up in a lathe and use a radial grinder. He'll change it from a interference(press) fit to a slip fit. Get a set of carrier bearings done along with the inner pinion race. Of coarse, all this depends on which axle your working on! This is mostly for Danas. Corporate 14BFF do not need the "cheater" bearings. GM really had their head together when they designed this Baby! I believe the 10 Bolts have the shims outside the bearings, so no need there!

    PS I'm not a machinist, I had a set done!

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  4. Cavalry

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    I'll have to mention that to out machinist....He was probably thinking of getting some that night or something when I asked him....

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    You'll still need the cheater bearings for the pinion gear setup. You can do these at home. Get an extra set of bearings for the setup your doing. Take those bearings adn clamp them down in a vise. Get a cylinder honing tool, put in on your drill and hone it out. Or you can use a round file and just file away till it slides on. The bearings are about 11 bones each.

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