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spool on pavement

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 1bad82k5, May 14, 2001.

  1. 1bad82k5

    1bad82k5 1/2 ton status

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    Lately in peterson's they have been praising the spool. Obviously I would not put one in the front axle, but what about the rear. My blazer is a daily driver which also sees regular off road use. Will it still be a streetable vehicle? Any suggestions?
    eric

    Hell, it don't really matter....it's just for my race car.
     
  2. chvyhs

    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    I've been considering one when I get my 14bolt rearend. A friend of mine put one in his '66 Mustang and loved it. It's the same as welding the spider gears. I guess it all depends on how much street driving you do. If you do it let us know how well it works. Hope I've been some help.
     
  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I run my 14 bolt welded in my daily driven 81 Jimmy...check the post "Detroit or Welded". There are a few guys here that run Spools or welded. It just really depends on your tolerance for tires chirping in parking lots..I could'nt care less.

    Rene

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  4. californiak5

    californiak5 1/2 ton status

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    Hey Rene,
    Was it you that had pictures of the spiders welded up. If so do you think you could e-mail me those. I am planning on having my 14B done real soon. Thanks in advance.
    kvanhorn@egraph.com

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  5. does anyone make a spool for the 14 bolt yet? i haven't been able to find one.

    78, 350/350/203, 3/4 ton, 4" lift, 35" BFGs
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    As far as I know, there is still no spool for the C14FF.

    Bad Dog

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  7. BillyBob

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    I'd imagine it'd drive like crap if it was a daily driver. my truck has a lockright, and this past winter I was going sideways down the roads when it was slushy or snowy. Lockrights are pretty mild for lockers, so I'd imagine instant death in snow or slush with the spool. but the spool would be awesome offroad. just my .02

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    I've put over 500 miles on my welded 14-bolt this past weekend on the trial run. The only time I can notice it is during slow speed tight turns, such as in parking lots or turning onto a street from a stop sign. It's not anything violent, just a slight tire squawk. The roads were slightly damp this morning and it didn't cause any problems.

    Of coursce, this truck is NOT a daily driver. I think you could live with it on the street, depending on what your tolerance is, but I honestly would probably think about it a little more about having a spool or welded diff on the street.
     
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    I've got close to 5000 street miles on mine. Its not for everyone but I think its just fine for me. My truck is usually semi-sideways in the slushy crap with an open diff so it was no big adjustment for me. On regular snow I think the welded diff is better as it takes nearly twice the throttle input to break traction in 2WD. Same for wet pavement, I really have to jump on it to get all sideways going around a corner.

    No offense, but it certainly does not drive like crap as a daily. If i spent my days in a parking lot doing tight figure 8's I'd reconsider but I don't. What a welded diff doesn't have is the unlocking and banging and clunking.

    Rene...no pics

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  10. 1bad82k5

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    thanks for all the information. My k5 is a daily driver, but i am not too picky about driveability or comfort, and my tires usually chirp anyways due to a heavy right foot. i think i am going to go for it. as for the snow, my open diff is very unruly on ice and i don't think it can get much worse. i'll let you all know how it turns out. thanks again
    eric

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    at least the spool is predictable and what wasnt mentioned is the backlash that a locker adds due to the working clearances required (between 30 and 90 degrees according to detroit literature), though i guess that can fall under clanking and banging
     
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    what is a spool

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    it replaces the dif locking both axle shafts together
     

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