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Just welded the spider gears tonight :^)

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tRustyK5, Dec 9, 2000.

  1. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I went in to work tonight to do a little work on the Jimmy. I welded up the spider gears in my 14 bolt FF, and relocated my rear shock mounts. [​IMG]
    I can't wait to try it out on the trail!
    Just thought I'd share.

    Rene

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  2. Corey-88K5

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    I my self am thinking of doing my front axle on my truck. After all, its only a 10blt, but it is a full floating axle. So, even if I frag the gears I can drive it home with out the axles. Plus, I have warn manuals in the front. So, if I need to turn or something, just jump out and unlock a hub.

    Its just an idea. I'm still thinking about it...

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  3. tRustyK5

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    I dunno if I'd weld my front. I think I'd rather save for an ARB. I think you'd have to get real good at replacing axles with a welded front, especially a 10 bolt or a Dana 44.

    Rene

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    Let us know how it turned out. What settings/ rod did you use?

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  5. tRustyK5

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    Miller Mig machine. I only welded the teeth on the 4 small spider gears. No permanent damage to the side gears, carrier, or cross shaft. If I find that it sucks all I need is 4 new spiders.
    All I did was completely dis-assemble the carrier to get to the spiders and then removed the little beggars. On each spider gear there are 10 teeth, I put a weld in the groove between the teeth in 4 places on each spider gear. Everything will still mesh when re-assembled but will NOT rotate. There is a little play in them, but not much.

    I set the machine to 26.5 Volts and 440 IPM on the wire using a mixed sheild gas, Argon and Co2.

    Rene

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    Hey which miller mig do you have?

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    Gotcha, thanks, that makes good sense.

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    Its a 400 amp digital display machine at work, 100% duty cycle. I don't know the model number off the top of my head, but we can run 3/32" flux core wire with it and have lotsa juice left [​IMG]
    Mostly we use .045" Microwire though.

    Rene

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    So I guess we'll have to rename it as a "Miller Locker" instead of a "Lincoln Locker"???
    Thanks for the info on the 14 bolt conversion. I also found a complete set of 3/4 ton running gear, rear Dana 60 with a Detroit Locker and the front is a Dana 44 with an ARB Air Locker. Has 4.56 gears and he wants $1500 or best offer for the whole package. I'm gonna take a look at it later this week and see if it's worth the price. Keep us posted on the Miller Locker.
     
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    Hey Larry, I'm kinda wondering about the diffs you're going to look at. When I found the ad for mine it said the rear was a Dana 60 too [​IMG]. It seems that most people can't tell the difference between the Dana 60 and the 14 bolt FF.
    Good luck with it, either rear end would be a huge improvement! Price sounds pretty fair too.

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    Thanks Rene, A good friend and hunting buddy of mine has two Phhh..Fio..., Blue Oval F-250's that have Dana 60's and 44's in them (ones a part's truck). I'll take a close look at them tomorrow before I head over to make sure that it is a true 60.
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    Well the dead give-away is the number of cover bolts[​IMG].
    The 14 bolt has.......(drumroll please)....14 bolts!
    The Dana 60 has........less [​IMG]

    Rene

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