91- F350 crew - Turbocharged IDI
I thought about going the eaton route. The biggest downside is the width. They are a little narrower than even the stock rear axle. You can make some SRW 14-bolt hubs work on an eaton rear end but it takes some machine work on the spindles. The bearings for the eaton rear ends are also getting to be pretty rare and/or expensive. Not that they go out that often, but if they did in the middle of nowhere you might be up a creek.
The eaton should have 17 spline shafts if I remember right, and I haven't heard of too many people breaking those...so is it really that big of a deal changing from the 30 spline 14-bolt stuff?? The only reason why I would run the eaton shafts and locker is for the cost aspect....I might be able to get them for like $50 locally. Again...don't know if I want a detroit in the back but for that kind of cost it might be worth the test.
The 14-bolt stuff is a dime a dozen. Parts are also super easy to find. They are also 67" wide which is perfect for my truck. The only real cost I am going to have in the thing is the 1410 yoke.
Heard of this project going on through dieseltruckresource.com, thought i'd register here and watch your progress. Props on all the hard work you've put into that ole girl, cant wait to see the finished result.
The eaton bearing is like $250 a pop last time I checked. They are great rear ends, but I don't really see a huge advantage over the 14-bolt. Width being the biggest disadvantage vs the 14-bolt.
Yes. It looks like the rear wheel tubs are going to need to be pushed toward the center of the truck a bit. I may go all the way to the frame and then have enough room to outboard the shocks with some kind of hoop tucked into the tub.
Sadly not much going on this week. I am trying to get ready for moab. I did stop and get some poster board to make templates for the inner fender sections.
cool! I cant wait to see the fenders when they are done! are you going to try to make the rear tubs look "stock" too? it would be neat to see, but i dont want to make you work any harder than you planned.
I don't know what I am going to do with the rear tubs in the bed. Mine are pretty hammered an I am leaning toward just building some new ones. Depending on where I can cut them I may just add a section to them. Don't know for sure yet. I need to get the outer fenders done first, then I can do the tubs once I get the tires on and see how much room I need in the rear.
The bed of the truck is getting a sleeping/storage platform so you won't really be able to see the tubs....
Shave some weight, hang the bedsides on a simple structure and toss in one of those plastic bedliners, also supported by a/the simple structure?
This might be viable if carrying real weight (firewood, engines, etc.) isn't in the plan.
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