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seriously now: have you ever broken a 14FF axle-shaft?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by mike reeh, Feb 26, 2002.

  1. mike reeh

    mike reeh 1/2 ton status

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    and dont lie!!

    Those things seem virtually indestructable. I dont think Ive even seen after market axles, cause they just dont break!

    what kind of monster engine, gears, and tires does it take to snap one

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  2. wayne

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    Here you go, broken 14ff parts. One pinion gear, one detroit locker, and one axle shaft. All of the parts were out of different axles.
    Project Mighty Mouse here.
    <font color=blue>Wayne<font color=blue>
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  3. wayne

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    BTW no lie. Pics prove it.[​IMG]

    See <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Waynes-Toy>Project Mighty Mouse</a> here.
    <font color=blue>Wayne<font color=blue>
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    m j 1/2 ton status

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    was there any oil left in it or just water
    anything can break

    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though
     
  5. 6.2Blazer

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    Interesting. I have never seen an axleshaft with such a straight and clean break, they usually break at a point or diagonally.

    Fatigue life also factors in. No matter how big the part is, if it is cycled under stress it will eventually break. It may take 30 years, but it will break.
     
  6. tRustyK5

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    That pinion gear was definitely a 'no oil' failure. The only way that pinion gear could do what it did was for it to get red hot first.

    The axle shaft is pretty curious though...

    Rene

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    <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/project_T2> tRusty pics...</a>
     
  7. wayne

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    Actually there was oil in the one that wasted the pinion gear. Roger could not believe it when he found it. He had no idea what exactly caused it and I asked about oil and he said it was full. All Roger did to it was clean it and paint it black and now it is used for a paperweight.

    See <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Waynes-Toy>Project Mighty Mouse</a> here.
    <font color=blue>Wayne<font color=blue>
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  8. POWERMAD

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    It is possible that it was run low on lube and started to act up, then someone checked the lube leval and seen it was low, filled it and then it failed.
    I see around 1 - 2 diffs or trannys a week that look like that when they are run dry.
    Mostly trannys though. But the leftovers always look like that.


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  9. thebigdaddyof2

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    Got a couple sets of standard width (truck) axle shafts for sale....

    thebigdaddyof2
     

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