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What's with this 6 lug 14 bolt?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by divorced, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. divorced

    divorced 3/4 ton status

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    I found this on ebay while searching for a Ford 9" center section. It looks like a 14 bolt FF that isn't a FF any more. Does anyone have any info on these? I wouldn't buy the one in the auction, but I would like to convert my FF to a six lug pattern to use in my '96 K1500.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/G-M-...cmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33731QQitemZ2451878780





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    Ive seen stuff like this that were 5 lug that they put under drag trucks. This is an expensive option that is used to keep the same lug pattern and wheels.
     
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    Just looked, they basically just have new tubes welded in and put some sort of c-clip eliminator. Cant find much more with my resources
     
  4. divorced

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    So, I'm guessing they cut the spindles off and welded on a different end to make it a SF?
     
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    odd.... like to know about the axleshafts. If they are still big or what. Would have to be at the spline end but who knows outward.
     
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    It still looks fairly big in the pics, but it can be deceiving. I really like the design of the FF axle, and I doubt using these 6 lug shafts would be inexpensive. Oh, what to do...
     
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    for the price of those now semi floaters why not just get 6 lug hubs and save tones of money :confused:
     
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    Exactly
     
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    6 lug hubs for 14FF's aren't cheap, but they are purty!

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    ...or for the $$ just get some $50 each 8 lug wheels and be done with it.
     
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    Those hubs look awesome, Jason.






    I would, but my front is 6 lug and I'm not sure what it would take to convert it to 8 lug, and I'm really in to having the same lug pattern front and rear.



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    I agree. Why convert to S/F at all? Either run a 9.5" rear or keep if F/F by getting the hubs done. Most people want disc brakes anyway and you can combine some of those costs.
     
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    Got the junkyard and strip everything off the knuckles of an 8-lug 10bolt or D44. Swap it all onto your axle.

    There are other ways you can mix and match parts, but in my book that is the easiest way. Especially to type out an explanation.

    I would go with the 10bolt, newer and bigger bearings. Plus I really don't like the older D44 external hubs.
     
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    Awww, damn double post. Sorry!
     
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    Yep, I already have plenty of 8 lug front stuff for the solid axles. This is for my '96 K1500 with IFS though. I would love to go solid axle on it, but the end of the frame where the bracket goes is bent from a minor crash, and I picked up a used 6" IFS lift for next to nothing and already have some bling-bling 6 lug wheels with 36" Iroks on them. I guess I'll worry about it when the monster 10 bolt blows up... and maybe find a factory 14 bolt SF 6 lug axle.
     
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    you can also get a 14sf and get shafts and even disc brakes form black widow performance. My shafts were cheaper than stock shafts and mine are 4340.
     
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    The stock 6 on 5.5" SF14 bolts are common/cheep enough. The only problem is finding the ratio you need. Or at least that was the only problem I had w/ my '95. It really is a bolt in swap; conversion u-joint or swap the yoke, and use the spring plates from the doner truck. Plus the bigger breaks are nice.
     
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    funny. just got a 70 k5 and it has a 6 lug 14 bolt have not got time to
    check it out will find out tomorrow
     
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    someone swaped that in, its not stock
     

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