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Old 04-17-2019, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Late model 14b questions

Searched but couldn’t find much. It seems like everyone’s tends to stick to the older ones.

I found a good looking 14b in a 2500 with factory disk brakes and I had two questions.

First, it has the drain plug right in the front middle bottom corner/edge. I’m worried if I shave it I will have to weld that all together and it would leave a weak spot in the most vulnerable place. I think the shave will end up cutting right thru the middle of the plug. Is my thinking true or will the weld be plenty strong to take on a rock?

Second, I like the option of the newer axles coming stock with disks and e brakes but not a fan of the calipers facing forward. Anyone have experience with this being a bad location? Or can I cover it up with a wheel?

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Can’t say anything about the drain plug. I did a half shave, just ground down the lip.

My calipers do stick out pretty good but I figure you’d really have to smash them on a perfectly placed rock to fuck them up bad enough to worry.
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Ballistic style shave kit cuts the entire drain plug out.
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Cool thanks guys
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I second the comment about the brakes. The only thing to consider is the e-brake cable does stick out (if you intend to use it). I'm going to make a mini-skid for the cables on mine in the near future, but even without it I haven't had any issues over the past 4 years.
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Searched but couldn’t find much. It seems like everyone’s tends to stick to the older ones.

I found a good looking 14b in a 2500 with factory disk brakes and I had two questions.

First, it has the drain plug right in the front middle bottom corner/edge. I’m worried if I shave it I will have to weld that all together and it would leave a weak spot in the most vulnerable place. I think the shave will end up cutting right thru the middle of the plug. Is my thinking true or will the weld be plenty strong to take on a rock?

Second, I like the option of the newer axles coming stock with disks and e brakes but not a fan of the calipers facing forward. Anyone have experience with this being a bad location? Or can I cover it up with a wheel?

Thanks!
The new 14 bolts are great axles. Drain plug is in a shit location. It completely rules out the simple "13 bolt" covers where all you have to do is cut off the bottom lip/bolt with a sawzall. If you want any sort of shave you have to do the full shave/weld plate/cover route. More expensive and time consuming. I just decided not to fool with it and run the full knuckle drag option. One thing to watch for, I've noticed that some of the late model 14s are really wide like 70"+ WMS. So be sure to measure. If you got lucky you may have a 4" tube casting version.
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