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Old 11-27-2002, 11:40 PM   #1
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corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

So the 1990 V15 has 235K miles. I just got a factory reman'd 700R4 installed with a cooler. The old tranny was original and everything was worn out, but what the hell, it made it 235K. The Blazer's been screaming tranny for 20K miles before it finally lost 3rd. It's also been screaming rear diff for at least as long. It's the corporate 10 bolt which apparently is not that good for off road durability. I am now married to it, somewhat limited budget, but I am not sure that I want to spend a thousand bucks rebuilding a corporate 10 bolt, that's going to need everything.

Here's the questions: What's a good alternative stronger rear diff that's still 6 lug? I know about the 14 bolt, Dana60 etc. that are 8 lug. The Blazer has the corporate 10 bolt in the front too. Very low off road miles, I'd like to change the gears up front and that's it. Now for the gears; She's got 33's right now with a 4" lift. 3:73 gears. Kind of doggish on the hills, and I don't want to hurt the latest 700R4. What's a good ratio for 33-35" tires? I'll never go any bigger than 35's. Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2002, 11:43 PM   #2
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

you could go with a 14sf they are still six lug [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] 4:10's are good for 33 and with the 700r4 id say go with the 4:56's for a 35in tire [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 11-27-2002, 11:47 PM   #3
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

I agree with mudhog. or you could go with the ff14b. you can find these for pretty cheap. then just swap your front lug to 8 with the knuckle out off of a 3/4 ton. either way it will be cheaper than rebuilding the 10b and it will be much stronger [img]/forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

Thanks, how much does a 14bolt SF cost with 4;56's and a posi?
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Old 11-28-2002, 12:01 AM   #5
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

you can find a 14sf for under $300 then just put gears in and a locker )
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

Thanks, how about the drive shaft? Will the length need to change? It needs to be lengthened since the lift already. Are the U-joints the same size?
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

it will bolt right in [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 11-28-2002, 07:01 AM   #8
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

dont waste your time with the ten [img]/forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif[/img]
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Old 11-28-2002, 09:03 AM   #9
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

14 Bolt SF is will bolt in, it's 6 Lug, and stronger then your 10 Bolt. I still like the 14 Bolt FF much better, I'm putting in a set of matching axles (from same truck) from from a 3/4 ton truck I picked up for $250.00 . I'd reather buy 8 lug rims then regear an axle to match what I have or am installing. What gears does your 10 Bolters have ??? If you plan on going to larger tires in the future, or already have larger then stock tires, Lower gears are a must !!! 308's with 35" tires = burnt out automadic transmissions !!!! So it may be cheaper in the long run to replace both your axles with a set that has the better gears then and 8 lug rims then keep replacing trannys.
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Re: corporate 10 bolt axle: to rebuild or not rebuild

If you could find a 14b sf out of a 2wd 3/4 ton truck it will have the six lug pattern you are looking for. The half ton 2wd with the 14b sf are five lugs so they will not fit. You will need a trick u-joint. Napa #447 I believe. If you need to lengthen your driveshaft now then you will need to do so with the 14 bolt. If you do alot of highway driving I would go with the 4.10 It will give you good acceleration and good gas mileage. If you are wheeling alot and don't care about gas then go for the 4.56 [img]/forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif[/img]
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