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WELD REAREND OR NOT

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by swampthang1, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. swampthang1

    swampthang1 Registered Member

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    Im sure there has been a post about this before I just cant seem to find it. Who here runs a welded rear, does anyone run it on a daily driver? I hate to have to spend the extra money for a locker when it only cost time to weld it. Does anyone have any other suggestions. If any one does have one on a daily driver how bad is the barking from the tires on such a heavy truck. I have done this once to a toyota I was impressed of the improvements it made off road but hated the barking from the road. I needed to air up the tires on the Toyota I know this makes it worse.
     
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    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    if it is a DD, it is a bad idea unless you live in a dirt road town and you never leave said town.
     
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    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    What kind of axle is it?
     
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    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    Are you Ok? You didnt say a word about his profile!
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  5. TX Mudder

    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    My detroit came in today - paid $300 for it (14 boltff.)
    Why weld? $300 is a chunk of money, but worth it.
    -- MIke
     
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    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    i've given up. No one wants to fill it out. I assume he has dual 10bolts based on the crappy quality pic in the avatar.

    I almost wish they posted a pic of their rig and made us guess, at lest then it is a game /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
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    a2b Registered Member

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    i havent heard anything good about welding axels together even for trail rigs. and if it is a DD, welding shouldnt be even considered IMHO /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
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    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    i think a detroit is the only choice IMHO. it is bomb-proof, managable on road, and reliable.
     
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    swampthang1 Registered Member

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    OK sandman my profile is filled out Is there anything else you need from me now
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Don't weld half ton axles...

    I ran a welded 14 bolt FF for almost 2 years on the street and trail. Great on the trail (except for snowy sidehills/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif) but kinda nasty on the street. I got used to it and the barking and chirping was not too bad. I just got a Detroit and would never go back to welded though, unless it was a trail only truck.

    Rene
     
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    imiceman44 1 ton status

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    OK now that we know, I still say like evryone here, DD don't weld.
    I have the Lock right, on 35" and it was my DD for a year, it's strong, cheap, does bark every once in a while if I push it hard going in a tight curve like a U turn, but if I let it coast it's fine.
    After 15000 miles, hte tires still look brand new and I have been on 8 trips off road, including snow, sand, mud, and Rock (Rubicon) and I can tell you I am very much pleased with the performance, durability and ease of installation, took me 1hour for the rear, and 45 min for the front.
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    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    He can be taught!

    Thanks for filling out the profile. 1/2 ton stuff you be really vunerable to breakage.

    upgarde to a 3/4 step up and a welded rear will survive, but its still going to be tempermental on the street. Tarmac is not kind to spools and lincon lockers.
     
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    swampthang1 Registered Member

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    Thanks for not flaming my A$$ over my profile. I do not have a lot of time through the day but I fixed my mistakes
     
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    Maybe a lock-rite might be the ticket. Not as pricey as a detroit and more forgiving on the axles.
     
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    OK where is the best place to get a cheap price on a lock rite? We do not have a good local shop and 4WPW is the only thing that is in a 100 miles of me
     
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    I run a welded 14b on my daily driven K5. The ONLY time ya notice it is when ya make sharp, low speed turns. Chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp...I kinda like it, People look at me like I'm from Mars when I pull into a gas station. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Another thing, DO NOT weld anything less than a 14b FF...I could see axle shafts on a 10/12 bolt being broken just from street driving.
    One advantage of the welded rear over the Detriot is that ya ALWAYS know what it's gonna do. VERY predictable. I've never driven a rig equipped with a detroit, (Unless ya count military 2.5 ton trucks) but I'm told they make alot of popping, clunking noises, and when they un'lock, I guess they can "throw" ya around a bit on the road. Not as predictable as a welded rear. Don't get me wrong though, I'll definatley get a Detriot when money alows....Much easier on parts- U-joints, drivelines, VERY hard on tires...ect ect. My $.02. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I also heard Randy's Ring & Pinion has great prices, and their support is also very good. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Dont be a weenie,WELD it up and forget about it,unless its a 10 or 12 bolt then dont weld it!
     
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    I got mine from Randy's for $300.
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