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Trimming a 14FF

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TONYP, Nov 17, 2002.

  1. TONYP

    TONYP 1/2 ton status

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    Now this is how you do it.....

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  2. Chaz88K5

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    dude i think you screwed up that houseing...if you would like i have another houseing here you can have for free...just send me your old one for trade /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif..no but really thats sweet
     
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    Where'd you get the jumbo dremel tool?
     
  4. TONYP

    TONYP 1/2 ton status

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    It came with this machine....

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    That does look good, But heres the next step..........

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  6. TONYP

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    how are you going to hold the cover on?
    I left about .075" from the bolt washer to the lip.
     
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    OL14BLAZ 1/2 ton status

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    I was wondering the same thing /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Eric /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    <font color="green"> Dang, that looks scary! I'd be afraid that if you set it down hard on a big rock it would punch right through the housing! That's an awful lot of beef taken out of there. </font color>
     
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    Not really. A lot of D60's are done this way on the fronts and rears for the rock crawlers. I've seen quite a few pics of this method on the PBB. Seems like standard procedure for them. /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif But then again, what do I care for PBB since I'm banned from that site! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  10. Leadfoot

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    I agree with Wes.......wait did I just say that /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    As long as the cover is reinforced in that area A.) It should seal no problem, and B.) Add a LITTLE rigidity. If you are planning to drop your diff from 3 feet up, smack dab on a rock, it probably is not a good idea, but then again even a stock housing may not last doing that.

    It is a matter of trade-off. How much strength are you willing to comprimise for ground clearance. Everyone's answers are going to be a little different, as everyone's needs/wheeling habits are different.
     
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    <font color="green"> It just seems like that extra half inch isnt' worth the risk. Taking off the lip should be plenty, that's where the bulk of the clearance is gained anyways. To each his own I suppose, it just seems like a big risk for very little gain. </font color>
     
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    Just a couple of questions.

    While it looks like a nice metal job, why did you trim up on the sides so high? Also, are you going to smooth off the remainder of the lip so it doesn't get caught on stuff? Not trying to flame you or anything, just curious.
     
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    If you were to look at the housing it has two cut outs on the bottom .I took my cut alittle past what chevy had done. Yes I've ground the left over off. i'll post a pick of it, as it looks great.
     
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    looking at that pic , thats the top side of the diff.
     
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    No, its not. /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

    The teeth on the 14FF are on the right side because the pinion is on the passenger side of the axle.
     
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    thanks guy...
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />

    Not really. A lot of D60's are done this way on the fronts and rears for the rock crawlers

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    i agree that this is done for clearance issuses, but those rockcrawlers weigh about half of our weight.

    i've slammed my diff pretty hard to where you can see the tires shake /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif and i would like to keep as much material on that part as i can. just my opinion.




    if you need more clearance, just buy bigger tires....... /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif






    ric
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    You could always add a truss over the top of the axles to brace it. Keep the pumpkin from bending or breaking in half. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Or cut a bunch off and weld in a steel plate that won't crack when you smack it on a rock.
     
  20. HarryH3

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    Man, that's beautiful! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Brings a tear to my eye... /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif It certainly looks a LOT better than the one I shaved last weekend with a Sawzall and an angle grinder! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     

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