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locker ?'s

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by blazing86, Apr 9, 2001.

  1. blazing86

    blazing86 1/2 ton status

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    locker ?\'s

    I will be purchasing a locker for a rear14 bolt. I drive my blazer every day. Any suggestions on a locker?
     
  2. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Re: locker ?\'s

    Which 14? FF or SF? For the FF (which is the heavier of the two and has a big hub sticking out of the center of the rear wheel) the only option for a locker that I know of is the Detroit Locker. Luckily, the 14FF is the cheapest and simplest axle to install a Detroit Locker into. Take a look at this article for info on what it takes.
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.off-road.com/chevy/tech/detroit/>http://www.off-road.com/chevy/tech/detroit/</A>

    I don't think the SF has many options either but I really don't know anything about the SF.

    Bad Dog

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, NP205, D60/C14, 4.56
    Coming soon: 4" lift, 40" tires, massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     
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    Can't really tell anything from your profile, but if you want the most durable and probably indestructible go with a detroit locker. Hope this helps.

    Ric

    WHEELIN' IS NOT A HOBBY... IT'S A LIFESTYLE.
     
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    Yes, you should definitely fill out the rest of your profile...

    Bad Dog

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, NP205, D60/C14, 4.56
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  5. blazing86

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    from what i have heard detroit's suck driving on the road. Is there any truthto sthis?
     
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    They definitely take some getting used to, especially on wet roads where you can loose control if your not careful. For the most part you don’t even want think about it on ice. They will also tend to pop and chirp tires when turning under power. I personally don't mind them but some people hate them on the street. The only way you will know is to try one and spend a couple of weeks getting used to it. If you do get one, be very, very careful the first few times you drive it in the rain. Maybe find an empty parking lot and experiment for a while (well away from any lamp posts or cars!).

    BTW, some people find a spool actually has better manners on the road that the DL. At least it is consistent instead of locking up and surprising you when you least expect it. Just so you know, I don’t know of a spool available for the C14FF either but you can weld the spiders to make one. Several on this board are beginning to experiment with this (welded C14FF) and have promised to report back with the results.


    Bad Dog

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    Re: locker ?\'s

    Arb makes an air-locker for the 14sf but not the FF.

    - SlyDog [​IMG]
     
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    So, you still have not answered. Is this a SF or FF you are talking about?

    Bad Dog

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, NP205, D60/C14, 4.56
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    I've had my 14 bolt welded for the last 4 months or so, one of the best mods I've ever made. Inexpensive too...[​IMG] Its very predictable and makes no strange noises. I really don't find wet pavement to be an issue, it just allows one of the tires to keep up without the chirping.
    As for snow and ice, well it does crab to one side, but it also requires more throttle input to lose traction in the first place.

    4 or 5 months is not much of a report, but if anything breaks or changes I'll report that too.

    Rene

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    Detroit locker.
    never had a problem with it driving on pavement

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