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Old 04-08-2008, 01:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"solid axle" unitbearing replacement kits

I was checking out the new spyntech kits solid axle is selling to replace the unit bearings on dodges and fords. I have an 05 dodge 3500 and solid only sells a kit up to 04. Whats the difference between years?
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Might try calling them. But Jesus, for the price...I can live with changing unit bearings every 100k. Or I would swap in a kingpin 60...
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Last unit hub i saw go took out the caliper and the pads before the rig got off the road, $700 later its fixed. Doesnt look so bad from that angle. BTW, its alot easier to find D60 wheel bearings then an 05 dodge unit hub in BFE.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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check out the high steer knuckles they offer too!

http://www.solidaxle.com/ProductCart...9&idproduct=43

http://www.solidaxle.com/ProductCart...9&idproduct=45
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Or graft Kingpin knuckles onto your AAM axle like I did. Whole project was under a grand.
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05 Dodge free-spin conversion /forum/dodge/880388-my-diy-2005-dodge-dually-4x4-5-9l-free-spin-kit.html
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LS motors are like tampons....every VAG has one!
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Viola!! You'll have to ask about the dually hubs, mine is SRW so I haven't looked at that.

http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...t-p-19444.html

http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...t-p-26569.html

/forum/ballistic-zone/939821-dodge-ford-free-spin-kits-updated-info-pics.html

And Wheelin66's thread, which has my wheels turnin' on upgrading Cs and knuckles on my 60 and throwing the stock stuff on my '04 CTD.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...388&highlight=
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Or graft Kingpin knuckles onto your AAM axle like I did. Whole project was under a grand.
How did you retain your ABS?
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I used ballistic fab conversion on my '05 dodge. You can by just what you need and source other parts locally. The only issue I had with mine is I had to take 1-16" off the ballistic fab kit to allow the stock wheels to fit. Not a bad price for a one stop shop if you go that route.
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Ya, No ABS. I don't really care for ABS anyway. I looked into going back and figuring something out with the stock tone ring but it really wasn't worth it.
I waited on "the list" for two years for the EMS kit. And I thought about the Ballistic kit, but really didn't like the idea of Aluminum, not that it's bad I just don't like it personally.
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Haha!!! I am laughing at 100K on unit bearings! I have been through 5 in the last year...

Luckily they have been warrantied by the local auto parts store. However, they are not wanting to warranty them anymore lol
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Are you running a snowplow up front? People have good luck with the ford ones here. The cheapy replacements are 150$ or so. I'm more pissed about the little free spin needle bearings ruining the stub shafts on my Ford. Who wants to replace those thing annually.
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Nope, no plow! I do offroad it quite a bit and that was with stock size wheels and tires. I may go with factory Mopar parts and see what happens.
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Viola!! You'll have to ask about the dually hubs, mine is SRW so I haven't looked at that.

http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...t-p-19444.html
Am I reading that right? $595 for the whole kit? Shit I paid $250 for one unit bearing.

And as far as dually hubs I don't think there is a difference, my '01 3500 uses the same unit bearing as a SRW it just has a factory spacer.
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That is just the inner shaft kit. There is a drop down menu that lists the actual kits.

Looks like just shy of 2 grand for the kits for your truck.

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That is just the inner shaft kit. There is a drop down menu that lists the actual kits.

Looks like just shy of 2 grand for the kits for your truck.
For two grand it would be far cheaper to swing in a Ford D60 with kingpins, good hub bearings and a high pinion
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Am I reading that right? $595 for the whole kit? Shit I paid $250 for one unit bearing.

And as far as dually hubs I don't think there is a difference, my '01 3500 uses the same unit bearing as a SRW it just has a factory spacer.
i wish it was that price for the 3rd generation dodge
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For two grand it would be far cheaper to swing in a Ford D60 with kingpins, good hub bearings and a high pinion
I just called Solid Axle today, the kits are $1550 + shipping, so they're closer to $1600! Go buy a kingpin 60, rebuild it, and throw some 35 spline stub shafts and warn hubs on it and it'll cost you more than that! You'll have to weld on brackets, modify your steering and driveshaft(?), probably swap axle gears (most Dodge's have 3.73 gears, most Ford 60's have 3.54's or 4.10's), and run inferior brakes..... please explain how this is cheaper or easier than running the hub conversion.
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I put in a Dynatrac hub eliminator kit on a customers Dodge. Nice kit. Very complete. Even kept the abs. I've got some pics I may post later.

He says that he has gained 4 mpg, and I know that if I ever have to change out ball joints on the thing, I won't be spending another hour beating the unit bearings out.
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He says that he has gained 4 mpg....
Doubt it.... maybe 1 mpg, but not 4!
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I just put the spyntec kit on my 07 dually. Very nice kit, the spindles are way nicer than Dynatrac or EMS, they retain the abs and the sensor is in a sealed cavity, not exposed in a bolt on bracket. Mine started out as just replacing an axle joint, but due to the seized unit bearing, and the high likelyhood that the other side would be same I decided to spring on the Spyntec kit. I had the truck apart when I ordered the kit, and was fighting a deadline for a wheeling trip, and talked to Matt at Spytec on the phone, and he got me a kit sooner than expected. Can't beat the service. Matt even includes his cell phone number on the instructions in case of afterhours questions. I picked mine up through RPM offroad for a great price.

It was expensive, but I'd do it again if I had to, the peace of mind knowing a unit bearing will never leave me on the side of the road is nice. I have pictures of the parts and install if anyone wants to see them. FYI, the dually and srw unit bearings may be the same, but the free spin kits are different, the dually hub is one forged piece that the rotor bolts to like the old dually chevy 60's.


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He says that he has gained 4 mpg, and I know that if I ever have to change out ball joints on the thing, I won't be spending another hour beating the unit bearings out.
This is your typical jackass Cummins driver BS, there's not much there to gain, maybe 1MPG. I have yet to run mine on the highway over any distance without the trailer to see if there has been any gain. So far a drop, but the new trailer is 2400# heavier than the one it replaced and the jeep is on tons now.

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I hand calc all fill ups. I got 1.9 improvement in MPG with my SWR.

EMS never contacted me after two tries in over a year.

Spyntec from RPMOffroad in the vendor section.
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Spyntec from RPMOffroad in the vendor section.
X2 on that. Jereme at RPM is top notch. Next time I run it mostly empty I will check the mileage and report back..........................

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It was expensive, but I'd do it again if I had to, the peace of mind knowing a unit bearing will never leave me on the side of the road is nice.

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This is exactly the way I feel, plus knowing that my front end isn't spinning all the time is just an extra bonus. 50k miles and my axle u-joints are toast!

My kit is on order, should be here next week....

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This is your typical jackass Cummins driver BS...
....happens with every brand. It's usually something like, "My truck gets (some ridiculous #) MPG." or "I can't even feel that 15,000 lb. trailer back there..."
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I've got one of the Solid Axle Spyntec kits in my E350. Service was top notch as is the product. Even to the point that they custom made mine to a 6x6.5 bolt pattern for my 03 F350 front end.


very straightforward install and knowing I can get parts at any neighborhood parts shop to rebuild it for less than the cost of a single unit bearing is good.
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