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Old 08-01-2003, 12:20 AM
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14 10.5" bolt chevy VS 9" ford

well today i got some work on my drivetrain.. got my gears checked there 4.10's in my 4X4.. and i got a 10.5" 14 botl rear end with the 205 transfer case and 8.5" in the front end.. does this sound like a strong set up?? how much horse u think my rear end will hold for power?? i hear all this talk about ford 9" all the time.. but mines a 10.5" doesn't this mean mine is much stronger? sorry for dumb questions... i just aint familiar with rear ends.. but learning! thanx

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14 bolt full floaters are tripple mega strong, just really heavy. It is a perfect rear end for a big 4X4. The pinion stays a lot larger when you start going real low in gear ratio.
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Old 08-02-2003, 10:17 AM
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If you already have the 14 bolt, then just keep that. You won't be breaking it unless you have like 600 horsepower and 44" tires. I wouldn't even worry about axle shafts unless you break one. You may need a locker, or limited slip. Your gears are just perfect for a truck that has a V8. With V8 torque you don't need anything any lower. Also 4.10 gears are very strong due to their pinion to ring gear size.
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Old 08-05-2003, 04:45 PM
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perfect, thanx guys
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If it is an open diff, you can get a Detroit Locker to drop into the stock carrier for around $300. The Gov-Loc factory limited slip is marginal in High HP/Big tire applications. There aren't many other traction aid options at this time. A company in Germany is working on a selectable locker for them. They are saying they should be available soon.

They are easy to convert to rear disc brakes, too. That helps reduce the weight of the unit.
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