14 bolt swap questions

Discussion in 'Axles + Brakes' started by abrasumente, May 17, 2020.

  1. JCribb

    JCribb Old Army truck mechanic

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    When I did this upgrade to my 94, it was the best thing I ever did.

    As for parts, I would make sure you are looking at keywords like: 9.5” center, heavy duty 6 lug, stuff like that. Avoid the 10.5” 8 lug stuff.
     
  2. abrasumente

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    Here’s another one: what can I do about a swaybar? I’d have to have perches mounted for a different size/style, seeing that there’s no provision for it- and I’m assuming the stock bar won’t work.
     
  3. Supercharged111

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    Stock Suburban bar will work, you just need to engineer endlink mounts I think.
     
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    Not totally sure, but IIRC, the 3/4 tons using 14 bolts in either the 9.5 SF, or the 10.5 FF did not use sway bars.
     
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    Well, today was not a good day... killed one of the old axle bearings while trying to get it out with the slide hammer. The race is still stuck in the axle tube; I’ve got a small Dremel I’m gonna try and use tomorrow to cut it out without scoring the axle tube itself. It’s always something
     
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    I got the broken axle bearing out- but boy I’ll be glad when this is done. I attempted to press in new u joints myself- Finally decided to quit while I was ahead. Taking my driveshaft somewhere that has the tools tomorrow. Parts store gave me incorrect ujoints twice anyway. BUT- the axle is bolted in the truck with the u bolt flip kit installed!
     
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    Press? You mean vise, BFH, and an impact socket?
     
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    Yeah....but I got seriously injured doing this last year (and I had safety glasses on when it happened!) so I tend not to do that anymore lol
     
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    I'll keep taking my chances, it's worked so far. . .
     
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    That got my attention....

    .....then I read that. My C2500 Suburban has no bar at the rear.
     

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