I am wanting to use 60 rear ff hubs on a 9" rear and still retain 5.5" wheels with a center bore of 4.125"+- can this be done? Hate to have to buy all new BL wheels
Those are pretty cool, especially if you flat tow your rig. But they said on the Diamond web page "These ends are only available installed on our housings". I don't see why someone with a lathe can't make the axle end flanges & the axle end alignment blocks to weld them onto a rear end housing to use Dana 60 front spindles. That's how the 9" full floater kit in the article ( http://www.bc4x4.com/tech/2002/ff9/ ) was done. You'll also need custom axles made with splines at both ends & a smooth surface for the axle seal. But you still have to get all parts to make it a 5 or 6 lug Dana 60 if you don't want a 8 lug.Diamond axle sells a flange that welds on the housing tube then you use standard front 60 spindles and bearing hubs. Then you can carry one spindle & hub assembly for a spare since all 4 would be the same.
I think this is the route I am going for a floater 35 spline 9". I will probably make the weld on flanges myself though & use junk yard spindles.
Good point, if your building a lighter buggy/rig why not run semi floater ends. Tons of people do it, even on bling bling axles.Why do you feel the need to be full floater? Is your junk really that heavy?
Many, many of us use 9 inch outters (even on 60's) and keep the semi floater.
Do a few sit upsThe reason I am looking at a FF is my EB weighs in at 5300 empty..once its loaded up its way over 6k lbs which i would belive is over the big bearing limit? I also like to over kill everything as its easyer to build it once than keep upgrading as ya break it:grinpimp:
I don't want lockouts in the rear ...one more thing to break!
The more I learn.....maybe I'll just sell the Monster BL and get new ones and go 8 lug. Once benifit would be that I could swap wheels and tires between the 95 and the crawler EB thats already running 8 lugs.