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Colorado K5 14-bolt axle Welding

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by arq, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. arq

    arq 1/2 ton status

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    anything i should look out for, who's done it???
    I think i can put up with the driving characteristics.

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  2. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Arq,

    I'd say "cover your bets".....get an extra set of spider gears just in case. Then follow those instructions in the "Tech Section" about welding the gears (but not the carrier!).

    If you decide you don't like it, you haven't destroyed the original carrier, and you can just slap in the "other set" of spider gears, and be back to normal!!!!

    Seems too inexpensive not to at least TRY it!!! [​IMG]



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    those were my thoughts, it'd save me some dinero on a locker.

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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I did it that way over a year ago...no troubles yet.

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    How are the road manners Rene? Tire wear? I'm contemplating the same as a stop gap measure untill I make up my mind on my setup.. going to have to replace the carier anyway so I'm not concerned with that part.

    I started with nothing and I still have most of that left! - <a target="_blank" href=http://www.echobit.com:81/k5/> Pictures</a>
     
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    ARQ,

    A Detroit Locker for a 14 Bolt is only $300 and it uses the stock carrier.


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    yea, i guess i can wait on bolting on my 3/4 untill i get that, till then I'll see if i can brake my 1/2 gearing[​IMG]

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    i know where u can get it welded ;)

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    always gets me home K10 STEPSIDE
     
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    ARQ,

    Border Parts has good prices on lockers.


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    Road manners are tolerable in my opinion. My Jimmy is a daily driver and I don't regret welding my dif at all. There is a fair amount of understeer in corners and obviously the tires bark and chirp in tight quarters but it's nowhere near as bad as I expected it to be.

    If you spend your time driving figure 8's in parking lots then I'd have to say don't weld it...but for an average mix of driving it's not bad at all.

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    Sounds good, one more question. You mentioned the understeer and I imagine this more at speed than parking, but did it take away from your turning radius at all, like tight parking places? I don't know about anyone else but I can swing in and out of parking places like a small import as it sits now, I don't mind a little bark but substantially loosing any turning ability would effect me in these downtown city parking lots (almost all spaces are marked compact these days).

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    My turning radius is just as tight as it was...just louder[​IMG] I noticed a loss of turning radius when I swapped to the 15x10's with 3 5/8 backspacing from the stock 16.5x6.75" rims...but the 15's put the tires at least 2" farther out on each side.

    In a tight turn in a parking lot I do need to give it some throttle while turning though. The resistance to turning is pretty pronounced.

    Rene

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    I wanted to go see what your running tire wise but the CK5 gallery is down.. what size tires? This helps immensely, thanks!

    I started with nothing and I still have most of that left! - <a target="_blank" href=http://www.echobit.com:81/k5/> Pictures</a>
     
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    I currently have 36 x 12.5" TSL's on the 8 lug 15x10's. My overall width up front is 83 1/2".

    My other set of tires are 35 x 12.5" x 16.5 General Grabber MT's on stock 16.5 x 6.75" steel rims. I can't remember the overall width with those tires but it was considerably less. With the general's on the truck it turns quite tight, with the TSL's...not so tight[​IMG]

    Rene

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    thinking about it, i think it will be a PITA to have a locker and a manual tranny. I'm welding it[​IMG], well maybe I better let Andy and Dave take care of that.

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    I hear ya ARQ, A good weld means quite a lot when all your power is going to it! [​IMG]

    Rene - Thanks for the info!

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