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Old 09-26-2012, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats cheaper to build?

Im now looking for axles to start a build. Im shooting for 40-44" tires. I looked around for 14bolts, and dana 60 HPs. These days a 14bolt is super cheap... for the axle. However, new gears, a truss, mounts, rotors, bearings, diff covers, etc. ARE NOT. With the dana 60, people think its made of gold these days, I cant find one thats still usable for less then 800. Even then Im looking at new gears, a locker, bearings, knuckles, rotors, balljoints/kingpin(depending on what I get), truss, steering,etc. I found a set of rockwells for 800 together.One steer/one rear. No need for new gears,getting rid of drums and getting pinion brakes, no need for truss, can use stock steering components. Any reason why I wouldnt wanna go with rocks instead of 1tons. I know theyre heavy but if ever theres a place to counter top heaviness, its to put a crap lot of weight in your axles. I really dont care about how fast I go and itll be trailered everywhere. Billings, 21rd, carnage canyon, montrose, Area BFE are the only placed I wanna bring it.
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Stickys are like a condom, they're sticky, they're fun, but once they rip the funs over and u start crying when u realize how expensive its gonna be.

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Old 09-26-2012, 05:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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well from wat iv read the rocks are only 300 lbs heavyer then a set of 1 tons without there drum brakes
i would def get the 1 tons shit f they werent so wide id get em for my rig that is my DD

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Rockwells

Think of clearing the top loader is all I can add.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds to me like your cheap and easy way out is it pick up an ex gov Chevy 1 1/4 ton.

You'll get your 60, your 14 bolt (already locked and geared 4.56), a turbo 400, and a stout frame that is basically 2 inches taller than normal so it doesn't need much lift to clear 40's.

Depending on your outlook, the bummer is it's gonna me a 6.5 diesel, and possibly longer than you'd like.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds to me like your cheap and easy way out is it pick up an ex gov Chevy 1 1/4 ton.

You'll get your 60, your 14 bolt (already locked and geared 4.56), a turbo 400, and a stout frame that is basically 2 inches taller than normal so it doesn't need much lift to clear 40's.

Depending on your outlook, the bummer is it's gonna me a 6.5 diesel, and possibly longer than you'd like.
Well thats a pretty damn good base for what Im wanting to do. Ill just swap in a 350, sell the 6.5, take the body off except the firewall, convert the rear to coils and shorten the rear frame.... Thanks for the info, that would help alot as a base vehicle.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Need to make sure those Rocks are u-joint style axle shafts... you'll still need to disassemble the rock to check them out... you'll need new Boots more then likely... you'll need to come up with a Pinion style of breaking...

sure I'm forgetting something...
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Figure out some type of steering.. (single ram will be a waste of time) Figure out if your going to link or leaf the axles, drive lines.......+........
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