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Decked out 10 and 12 bolt or.....

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mud hungry, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. mud hungry

    mud hungry 1/2 ton status

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    Doing research. What would be better 10 and 12 bolt with chromoly shafts and higher grade materials or go with a 14bff/60 on a k5?
     
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    JIM88K5 1/2 ton status

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    Oh boy.... Dude its November. April fools is a ways off still.
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    What are the goals for the truck?
     
  4. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    desired tire size and type of wheeling are huge factors in this. if u wanna put shiney little 33s on it and bling it out to drive to work and back, then a 10-12 bolt will be fine, judging from your username that doesnt sound like the case. id definetly go up to a 14 bolt, theyre cheap, easy to install and it'll never break. and for the front, it still depends on a few factors, tire size and type of wheeling. rocks and anything above 35" will break D44s and 10 bolts. mud and decent power with heavier tires (36" and up) will break them as well.
     
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    Z3PR Banned

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    Dana 60 / 14 bolt FF /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    yeah, depends on how you're going to use it. If you ever plan on running larger than 35s and going into rocks you want a d60/ff14b. I say that because Ive never met a wheeler that "got the bug" and wanted tires bigger than 35s and then stopped at that size... its ONLY a matter of time before they want 42s or 44s or bigger. Generally, mud bogging is less stressfull on parts than rock crawling is but Im sure a 44" bogger packed full of mud on a steel rim is incredibly heavy and can prolly stress an axle too...

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    mud hungry 1/2 ton status

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    running 36's tops. Mostly DD and alot of mud, with some rock thrown in there. with alum. wheels running around 400 hp/tq
     
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    k5floyd 1/2 ton status

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    well i say if you have to $$$ then step up to the d60/14ff combo
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    running 36's tops. Mostly DD and alot of mud, with some rock thrown in there. with alum. wheels running around 400 hp/tq

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    everything was good until you said "400 hp/tq"... lol! My personal recommendation is to swap a ff14b into the rear of your rig and stay with the 10b/d44 front. They are decent axles and can hold up to a lot of mud abuse with a few upgrades. The ff14b is dirt cheap and almost mud-indestructable. You'll need adapters for them to match your 6-lug front....

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    4x4Freak 1/2 ton status

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    Run it till it breaks, then upgrade.
     
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    mud hungry 1/2 ton status

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    it is being torn apart first so why not go best first /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    You'll need adapters for them to match your 6-lug front....


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    or conver the front to 8 lug like the rest of us. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    CyberSniper 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I have enough junk laying around to run a 3.73 or 4.10 3/4 ton setup.

    I decided to stick with a 3.73 10/12 setup and obnoxiously large tires.

    Why?

    The weak link in axles always seems to be the front. By running 3/4 ton you end up with 8 lugs and half ton shafts. The 14FF might be unbreakable but even with disks it weighs 125lbs more than a disk 10 bolt or 12 bolt... not to mention you need a 3" taller tire to get the same ground clearance as a 1/2 ton axle. I don't know many people that have managed to break a rear 10 bolt or 12 bolt that wasn't neglect or gov-lock related.

    Not to mention I have a plethora of 6 lug wheels and such.
     

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