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Welding spider gears...Will it hold up?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Ben B., Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Ben B.

    Ben B. 1/2 ton status

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    Like it says.

    Whenever I get my van...Instead of spending mucho dollars on a locker it'd be nice to get my rear end welded up.

    I've heard alot about welded rear ends not holding up though..so I dunno.

    Any insight?

    It being a G20 van I'm assuming it's a 3/4 ton rearend?
    So it's probably a 14 bolt SF.

    I know for a fact it has no form of limited slip or posi, she's totally open.
     
  2. mxfireman

    mxfireman 1/2 ton status

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    Better off spooling it IMHO.
     
  3. 79k20350

    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    g20's only have 10 bolts from what ive seen...5 lug at that. i wouldnt weld a 10 bolt...
     
  4. Ben B.

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    Might find a posi 14 bolt sf to put under it then.

    It'll be the same procedure as doing the swap to a K5 right?
     
  5. diesel4me

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    not needed..

    I would definately NOT weld it!...it wont steer for S***,and you'll bust an axle on the street most likely--not to mention scrub the tread off the inside tire each time you turn a corner!..

    Most G-20 "3/4 ton" vans are still 5 lug,and have the same 10 bolt axle as a half ton,only the wheel bearings and brakes are a bit bigger....not something thats real rugged IMO--you can find posi's and limited slip diffs used in boneyards,or swap in a 14 bolt--I think the 1 ton vans had different spring pad spacing,I'm not sure they had 14 bolt SF's in vans,I'm thinking only 1 tons had a FF one available..if you swap in an 8 lug rear,you'll have to carry 2 spare tires with both lug patterns..it's no picnic making any 2wd chevy truck or van 8 lugs up front--you have to just about swap the entire front end in-- "A" frames,springs,ball joints and many other parts are different!..

    I had no trouble getting around in my G-10 in the winter--all the weight of the plywood paneling,carpet,bed,and other camping stuff gave it plenty of traction..I don't recall ever having to get it towed out of a snowbank or getting stuck in it--and its an open diff!...:crazy:
     

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