96’ K1500 SWB Z71 “Caroline”

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  1. ameadows7

    ameadows7 4 by drive

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    Nope it's the same. Just installed a regular ole front diff in my F44 half ton last weekend. Stupid easy to do. 4 bolts hold in the diff, 6 bolts for each CV axle. I disconnected the tie rods to be able to turn the spindle enough to get the axle out of the way but you don't have to remove the axles to drop the diff. I also had to cut the lower driver side bolt off and punch it out, not sure if my diff had been removed before but the bolt wasn't able to slide out completely because the head was hitting the lower control arm. I cut it off and went to the hardware store and got a new bolt and turned it the other way so the nut was to the outside. That was the only hiccup. Also depending on the what actuator your diff has, there is a metal spacer in there too. My truck had a thermal actuator which does not use the spacer inside the actuator housing of the diff. I just transferred my actuator to the new diff. The electric actuator does use the spacer I think. Actuator just comes off with a crescent wrench. My electrical plugs didn't match the ones on the new diff but you can unscrew it and swap it to the one that was on the diff you were already using. I did that to mine.

    If you knew all this already after having removed that diff yourself, then my apologies lol
     
  2. Z71Brother

    Z71Brother OBS Enthusiast

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    Too easy, the reminder is nice as it’s been about 7 months since I dropped that diff but I’m familiar with it.

    It’s good too hear someone else say it’s a “bolt in” process!


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  3. Z71Brother

    Z71Brother OBS Enthusiast

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    Quick update:

    She’s back and better then ever. Lift kit is on, 14B swap done. Gave her the shakedown tonight on some backroads... she’s prime.

    I have a ton of photos for a lift review thread and maybe another 14B swap process I’ll just post here. Have a few things that still need attention and tinkering, just glad to have my girl back on the road an be behind the wheel.

    More too come y’all!


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