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Hmmm the 14FF is welded now!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Thumper, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper 1/2 ton status

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    The jury is still out on whether I like it or not on the road. Seems real good offroad tho. I suppose it will just take some getting used to huh? More than anything, its the sound of the tires scuffing around the corners in the sandy snow! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
    But the offroad benefits always outweigh the onroad drawbacks! Hehe
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  2. 69K5

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    how exactly does welding lock the rear?? i never have understood that?
     
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    You weld the differential gears into one piece so the axles cant differentiate in speed from side to side around turns. Thus both axles are locked together.
     
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    ok that makes since

    thanks

    69k5
     
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    I agree completly locked rear ends are sweet off road... but it wears out your tires QUICK... has anyone ever made up a steel cover like the end of a axle shaft so you can pull 1 shaft? I dono how well it would work but its somthen ive been thinking about /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    yes I have, well i didn't do it but a buddy of mine did. he just took a 3rd axle shaft and cut it off so it didn't have splines then threw that in when he wanted to lose the locker.
     
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    Building the cover mentioned above would be easy. I'm not sure it would be of much of a benifit. It would be like a cheap go cart as far as drivability is concerned (not to mention true one wheel drive). Corners would be awkward and the strait line pull would be incredible. It is easily done however.
    Also I ran a welded 14FF on my DD for a year (about 12000 miles).
     
  8. Thumper

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    Hey, not a bad idea actually.
    What about manual locking hubs at the ends? Any available or done by anyone?
    Im thinking after driving it for a day that its going to be a b$tch to flat tow with it welded solid. I might need a disconnect of some sort!

    Mike
     
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    Yah flat towing with a welded rear is next to impossible. The bolt on hub cover would be cool for that.
     

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