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Whats the best rearend??? *DELETED*

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 83ChevK5, Jun 6, 2002.

  1. 83ChevK5

    83ChevK5 Registered Member

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  2. 70~K5

    70~K5 1/2 ton status

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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    How big of tires are you going to want to run? How big of a motor do you want to run?
     
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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    <font color=blue> Shannon Elizabeth's is pretty fine ! Just kidding ........ The strongest is the 14 bolt FF but it may not be what you need ......... It all depends on your Blazers usage and the gearing and tire size you'll be running.....
     
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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    if you wanna run the the strongest axle ever put under a truck as far as 1 tons go do a 14bolt or a dana 70. Depending on what size tire you run and much horsepower and torque youre throwing to it you might not need to go that beefy.

    Later
     
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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    Where in Washington are ya? Check out the Pacific Northwest Forum on this board - have a Portland area chapter and Seattle chapter.

    14BFF is a killer tough axle for the rearend - Dana 60 for the front. I run both, 14's are inexpensive, D60's are very spendy and somewhat hard to find, but both are relatively easy to bolt in. Probably will need new wheels and/or tires to match the 8 lugs but there are now steel 8 lugs in 15" to keep your current tires. Lockers are also something you should consider.
     
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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    A 5 ton rockwell is pretty tough.
     
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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    u need a 14BFF. it is the toughtest thing availbile for cheap. It is the Chevy 350 of axles.
     
  8. 70~K5

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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    Unless he wants to keep the 6 lug wheels then maybe a 14b SF. That maybe the best compermise axle for a K5
     
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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    Dont beat around the bush on this one, upgrade to the 14bff. It is cheap, strong, and you can get a Detroit locker for it for about $327. You can find 14bff for about $150, will likely need to spend that much on wheel bearings and brakes and that kind of stuff. Once you get it together though, you will have a super strong rearend that will give you trouble free service for years.

    You will need to upgrade your front end to 8 lug which will cost you another couple of hundred dollars, and get new 8 lug rims.

    It sounds like a lot of money, but is worth every cent. I go to school full time and work only part-time and was able to scrape together enough money to do it. Took me 2 months to do all the work because i had only about 1 day a week to work on it.

    There is a club, PNWFS4X4's here in WA &amp; OR. If you live somewhere in the Seattle area there are a lot of guys who can help you find the parts you need and do the work.

    Also, don't be affraid if you have not done a lot of this kind of work before. I did all my stuff with the help of a friend and my Haynes book.
     
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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    <font color=blue> You find me one and I'll buy it !
     
  11. Greg72

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    Re: Whats the best rearend???

    Ryan,

    There is an additional thing that need to be mentioned here....the "getting it home" factor. The key point about a full-floating rear axle is that if your ever DID break an axle, the wheel will stay attached to the axle and you can at least limp it home.

    With a SF axle.....10-bolt, 12-Bolt and even 14SF....if that axle breaks.....the wheel and what's left of the axle will fall out of the housing! If you wheel in the middle of nowhere.....that could be a BIG deal.

    There is one other thing to consider.....you can always buy a 14BFF and have it converted to 6-lug. It won't cost you as much as doing all the 8-Lug swap/new wheels route, but you'll still get the advantage of a full-floating rear axle.

    There are plenty of ways to add "beef" to your truck....you just need to figure out what your needs are....
     

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