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I finallly got my gears done.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BlueKnight, Jun 23, 2000.

  1. BlueKnight

    BlueKnight 1/2 ton status

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    Took awhile but today the gears are done. Since I have a corp 10 bolt they guy who did my gears said a detroit true trac would be the way to go.He said I bust and axle before busting the true trac. Everyone said I had a dana 44. He ven ordered gears for it as a dana 44 sight unseen.but it is a 10 bolt and according to him 10 bolts are really weak. Is this true? Do you really need a really strong front end? Isn't the majority of the wear and tear in the rear? what can you do to make it stronger?



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  2. ggallin13

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    I am not sure if you are being facetious or not, but yeah, 10-bolts are like paper. I have never, ever heard of a Detroit Locker breaking, but I know nothing of True-Tracs, so they might be just fine. I am only familiar with the "C" ones. Still, saying that you'll break an axle before you break the locker isn't saying much if you have 10-bolts. I wasn't sure about this myself, but enough guys on here (and the local 4x4 guy, who really knows his stuff) said they suck, and that's enough for me. I am going to take it easy until I have enough for a 14-bolt rear and a Dana 60 front (and the 16" wheels and tires), but I am sure I'll snap a few in the meantime. I am not looking forward to it.

    Here is a great site about beefing up 10-bolts. http://www.4x4review.com/products/drive_train/ordaxles.asp I thought about this, but if it only gives you as much strength as a 12-bolt it hardly seems worth it. Call me nutty, but an axle snap in the middle of the desert is not my idea of a good time.[​IMG]
     
  3. MICHIGAN BLAZER

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    I know I read somewhere in some 4x mag that 10 bolt fronts weren't that much weaker than a d44. Now I'm not saying it's true, but it's what I read. But it depends on how you abuse your truck too. I think it was the axle shafts that were slightly weaker than the d44....I don't know...just throwing in my two wooden pennies.

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  4. Jason73K5

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    44's and 10 bolts are about equal in strength.
     
  5. 6.2Blazer

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    When comparing Dana 44's versus 10-bolts, there really isn't that much difference. The earlier 10-bolts (around pre-'88 or so) have slightly weaker axle shafts.
    I have 10-bolts front and rear in my '90 and have had good luck since I beefed them up. They have 4.10 gears with a Detroit TruTrac in the rear and an Eaton Posi in front. The rear has has alloy 30 spline axle shafts and a LPW bearing support cover, and I have ORD's chromoly front shafts ordered. I run 35x12.50 tires and the truck is almost only used for trailriding, so it gets used hard at least once per month. I have not had any problems with the rear 10-bolt (knock on wood) since the modifications, though the factory Gov-Lok exploded after the truck was stolen and beat on. I am very happy with the TruTrac and it should hold up just as well as the Locker.
    I have broken two front axle u-joints (one on each side) since running the 35's, but both failures were pretty much due to the u-joint clips working loose and allowing the cups to come out of the yokes. In the front application, a 10-bolt should hold up reasonably well unless you are running really big tires or abuse the truck really hard. The TruTrac and aftermarket gears will help beef it up.
     
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    Actually the 10 bolts have stronger ring and pinions but the tube are .100 if an inch thinner
     
  7. BlueKnight

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    Tubes are not really and issue for me as I have trussed them front and rear. Its good to hear the true trac is a good product.

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  8. laketex

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    I'd generally say that you don't need a D60 for general wheeling. Look at BigBurb, he's running 12" lift and 38's, used to be 44" boggers on a 10 bolt. I had one in the front of my blazer and tuff trucked it for a season, no damage and I was jumping it high and hard. I'd see how yours holds up. The D60 has some drawbacks though, including weight and it puts you at a disadvantage on jumps, and mud according to most of the mud bog gurus I've talked with. But I see you're supposedly running 600 horsepower, that might throw a wrench into the 10 bolt/D44 plan...

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  9. BlueKnight

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    Well the engine is not done being built. But that is definitely the estimate the engine builder said it should produce

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  10. BlazerGuy

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    You could add a warn full floater kit.

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    Not for the front end.


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  12. BlazerGuy

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    oh, I just had a brain fart

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