Recently, when it came time for me to install my new 14-bolt ARB Air Locker, I was horrified to find that my gears were in atrocious condition. So much for maintenance…gulp! I guess 27 years of hard use – the last 7 or so under brutal conditions in the rear of my rock buggy take their toll on a set of gears!
Until recently, there was one fairly major drawback to the 14-bolt: locker selection was far poorer than for other axles. Not so long ago it used to be that you had open carriers, a few weak/unreliable limited-slips, Detroit Lockers, or a home-made welded-up spool.
Theres a couple ways shown here to weld the spider gears in your axle.
Tanner 4 Wheel Drive in Colorado Springs Colorado installed our new 4.88 gears from Drive Train Direct. Thinking about doing it yourself, you might want to read this first.
Installation of the Detroit locker is quite simple. The locker replaces the spider gears and no carrier had to be purchased for our application.
Just like the name says……
14 Bolt Bible
Everyone knows by now what a fan I am of the mighty GM 10.5″ ring gear 14-bolt axle. It’s an especially good choice for the budget builder because it’s so stout in stock form. That is…except for one really weak Achilles heel. In stock form, most, if not all 14 bolt pinion yokes use “straps and bolts” to retain the driveshaft U-joint.
The questions below are answered here 14 Bolt FF Information
What do you know about this axle?
Is there anything stronger?
What does it cost?
Where can I find one?
How easy are parts to find?
What swaps are available?
Is it worth upgrading to from a 12 bolt?
Which gears are available?