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Shaving a 14bolt............

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Silver84k5, Feb 16, 2003.

  1. Silver84k5

    Silver84k5 1/2 ton status

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    is there any reason not to use a grinder to shave my 14 bolt? its all i have.
     
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    That's what I used...

    Rene
     
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    Nope, thats what I did mine with. I used a 4.5" angle grinder with cutting discs to cut off the big lip on the bottom, and then went to work with the grinding discs on the rest to smooth it out. I ended up going a little far and went into the bottom bolt hole. (I had to grind down the threads and the bolt head after I reinstalled the bolt to make it smooth like the rest of the diff).

    I found it worked pretty well, but it took awhile and a few discs. It did alot (not as much as some, but more then most) of grinding and cutting on the axle and cover. I used up 4-5 cutting wheels and at least 2-3 grinding wheels before I finished. The bottom of that diff is a hell of alot smoother though, and it was well worth it.
     
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    Right thx, for the answers guys, Has anyone seen that pic of the guy who made his axle into a 13 bolt? If you could get it to seal up that would freakin sweet... I wish i could find the pic........
     
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    Mine is a 13 1/2 bolt (still 14 bolts on the ring gear) and it has stayed sealed so far. I have only dragged it on a few rocks though. I saw the 13 bolt pics, but that is a little extreme. If it seals and stays sealed then cool, but you are also running into how much material is left before you go to far. I think I have about 1/2-3/4" of material left before I got inside the actual housing. I wouldn't go any more then I did, because if you drop the full weight of a K5 on less you might be asking for trouble.
     
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    Damn man, and that thing nevers leaks? dang i wish you had 39.5s on there so i could see what my Clearance would be if i shaved that much.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    (still 14 bolts on the ring gear)

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    There are only 12 ring gear bolts...

    My 14 is an '85 and didn't have the land anchor lip like my previous 14 which was '77 vintage. The whole bottom area on the newer one is thicker so it can't be clearanced as much. I took the relatively small lip off and smoothed the rest.

    I still smack the bottom of that thing when I wheel, even with 39.5's. I need a rock ring of sorts...the cover leaks already due to rock rash./forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

    Rene
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    There are only 12 ring gear bolts...


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    Or in my case 11 /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif
     
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    I started with a sawsal then a grinder, leving just enoufe room for the bottom bolt. I allso smothed the front edges as much as I could so rocks would slide instead of stick. Becuse I to have 39.5 boggers and still hit.
     
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    I'll use my plasma cutter once the cold weather goes away and the 20-30" of snow we are going to get today.
     
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    I thought that is actually why they are called 10 bolt 12 bolt, etc, because that was the number of bolts on the ring gear. Apparenty I have been miss informed for awhile. Oops. /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    the GM corparate axles are going by the bolts that hold the cover.dana axles are different. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    I have heard that too, but I've had a few 14's apart now so i know it's an old wives tale. The 14 SF has 12 too.

    Rene
     
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    So what yer sayin is that goin by ring gear bolts, "technicaly" there are 12 front axles out there.



    Executioner was right /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Don't start, executioner! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    damn it S84, quit doing everything I do to MY rig on YOUR rig...you wanna-be!! /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    here's the 11 bolt.................


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    Here is what it would look like with 39.5's I shaved right up to the bottom bolt and smoothed it out all the way across.
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