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opions...axle swap

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by broncoman6524, Aug 3, 2006.

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what would you do?

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  2. yes but pay less

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  3. no its a waste

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  4. im nekked

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  1. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    first off this is my dd and the only wheeling it sees is mud on occasion, (once a monthish). The biggest tires this truck would ever see are 35s or 36s.

    My buddys dad has a wrecked k5 that has d44front and 10b rear they both have lockers, Eaton rear, and a factory front:confused: . IM unaware of the gear ration but as long as its above 3.08 i may buy these. he said hed sell both for 400...i laughed the front axles pinion is broke (driveshaft thingy) bc when the truck wrecked, he went off the road and landed in a ditch on his nose. Thus snapping one of the rings.

    What would you pay and would you do it?
     
  2. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    less than 200. Probably less than that. Who knows if the front axle is bent... If the hit was hard enough to break the front pinion when it wasn't being used....

    If they are out of a K5 and the front is a D44 the rear SHOULD be a 12 bolt.
     
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    b454rat 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I think I would pass, hard to tell if anything got really messed until you tore it apart.
     
  4. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    oh excellent lol would i need to change u-joints in the rear to make the rear end work? i was thinking about that the front end being bent. Hopefully it aint.
     
  5. 1977k5

    1977k5 3/4 ton status Vendor

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    The rear isn't really much of a locker. It is an Eaton "gov lok" and is not regarded well by most on this site. I would pass.
     
  6. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    damnit, i just remember that dam thing.
     
  7. 79chevyk10

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    100% sure I would pass at that price.
    Sounds like 10 blts front and rear will work for you.
     
  8. broncoman6524

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    thats what i've got im just trying to figure out cheap ways to get better gears.:D i dont realy have 1200-1300 laying around right now:rolleyes: . The thing is i could do it in auto but im not sure i want a buncha kids whom half i hate wrenching around on my truck especially something like gears. Im just not sure why i feel this way:wink1: :haha:
     
  9. blazinzuk

    blazinzuk Buzzbox voodoo Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    See if he will sell you the axles for 100 bucks I would do it then, even with 35s i wouldn't trust a 10 b
     
  10. 79chevyk10

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    Just an FYI, I just got back from doing Swamp Lake trail in the Sierra's in California. For those who don't know the trail, it is ranked up there among Dusy-Eirsum, Rubicon and Fordyce. It has a fair bit of bite to it. Anyway, my buddy has a 90' K5 with 3.73 gears, rear lockrite and front Auburn posi with fresh 5-760's spicer joints and stock shafts. No breaky. Ohh, he's running cut 35" MTR's. He has popped the OEM u-joints in the past, but those were 16 years old. I'm not saying everyone should do this (he does it to be out there wheelin with spares until 1-tons come his way), I'm just saying that 10 bolts are not as weak as some may say. It's all how you drive and tire size.
     
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    Id pay no more than $200 for both. And no Blazer ever came with a front locker from the factory. Its probably a gov-bomb rear and open front.

    You say 35's or 36's is the biggest you would run now, but we always tend to want bigger and better later. Think about it. When I first got my 37's they were huge. Now I want 39.5's.....
    -Harrison
     
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    use craigslist and 4x4 forums to find a sf 14b rear with the gears ya want. You wouldn't need new wheels, and they are pretty much bolt in. Hold up better to bigger meats too. The factory 10b rear is pretty much the biggest POS axle ever put in a fullsize rig.

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