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Petersons 4Wheel&Off-Road, May 2001

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by thatK30guy, Mar 29, 2001.

  1. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    There is an article on page 138 about the 14FF being converted to SF by installing new tubes and smaller, 6 lug sized brakes. ORU is building them for $3000.00. Take a look at the magazine.
     
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    Twiz 1/2 ton status

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    Wow, ya old dawg. your a fast reader. I just got mine today[​IMG], kinda looks alot like 4wheeler, don't you think?

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    Chris Demartini 1/2 ton status

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    <font color=blue>That axle is very cool, but it's expensive. I put 4.10 3/4 ton axles in my truck with all new brakes (disks in rear) and 15" 8 lug wheels for a little less than half of what that axle costs. </font color=blue>

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    Goose 1/2 ton status

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    You guys suck, I still haven't got mine yet. BTW, what are the advantages to that?? Isn't the SF a c-clip design or am I mistaken.

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    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Damn,

    You can get 4 or 5 8 lug wheels and a 14 bolt and a 8 lug D44 for less than that! Rip off
    Boss

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  7. HarryH3

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    I read that article too. I don't understand WHY they're building that axle! The article mentions the poor ground clearance with a 14 bolt FF, but then that's the center section that they're using for the buildup. So where is the better clearance? That 10.5 inch ring gear housing will hang down just as low as it would on a stock 10.5 inch ring gear housing. Right?

    They also mention that since it's a 6-lug axle, it will save you the money of replacing your wheels with 8-lug wheels. But $3,000 would buy some pretty darn nice wheels! [​IMG]

    I don't get it... What's the advantage? Looks to me like it's just another way for the guys at ORU to retire early. [​IMG] Did I miss something?

    <font color=black>HarryH3 - '75 K5</font color=black>
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    You got me. I would personally prefer the full floater anyday over the semi. Just knowing the shafts wont ride on c-clips makes me feel ALOT safer!!!
    ORU must know what they are doing in order to make money. They have been in business for quite some time. The owner, Maurice Rozo even used to work at 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers as one of the fabricators. This was way back in the early to mid 80's.
     
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    Cool. I thought that somewhere I was missing the "advantage" of spending 3 grand on that axle! [​IMG]

    <font color=black>HarryH3 - '75 K5</font color=black>
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    The only advantage I can even think of is that you get to use 15 and 16 inch wheels easily, and they have the safety bead that helps keep the tires on at low pressures. Other than that, I think it's a waste of money!! I'll take my 14 FF anyday! C-clips vs my full floater?? I don't think so!! And I'll put up with the dragging for the brute strength tradeoff!! Sounds like some people just can't stand to put on 16.5 inch wheels or something...no other good reason...
     
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    3,000 for a 14-bolt ???? Ummm, spend 500. bucks and get a ff, and an 8-lug 10 or 44 up front, buy new alum 8-lug wheels and new tires for 1,700 bucks and you will be stronger and have 800. bucks left in your pocket for other mods, seems like a no brainer to me. [​IMG]

    Super Swamper is making/planning on many more 16" sizes now and lots of wheels to choose from.

    Steve
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    There was one guy on here(sorry I forgot your username) that had a Tan K5 that had a 14FF that was converted to 6 lugs by 4Wheel Parts...

    I think remember he paid around $2K for it.... Wonder if they still do that?

    Mike [​IMG]
    See <font color=green>EMMETT</font color=green> -&gt; <A target="_blank" HREF=http://emmett.coloradok5.com>http://emmett.coloradok5.com</A>

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    But 15 or 16 inch wheels already fit, even with 8 lugs. You have to do a small amount of grinding to clear the front calipers, but certainly way less than $3000 worth of grinding! [​IMG]

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