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Re: GEAR questions
It's weird that you asked that, cause I was just thinking of writing to you to say, with the 454 and 36" tires your 10 bolts are going to be the weak link, I wouldn't waste any money on the 10bolt you have, and upgrading to a 12 bolt is hardly any upgrade at all.
Alot of 14 bolt axles came with 4.11 gears (or 3.73's). Note a FF14 bolt from a 1ton would have 8 lugs, so you would need new wheels. Or you could find a 14 bolt SF from a 3/4 ton, alot of the 3/4tons from 88 and up had these with 6 lugs, so you can keep your wheels.
If you find a 6lug 14bolt SF with 4.11s, you can swap it yourself and end up not costing much more than the re-gear for the 10 bolt.
A D60 for the front would be sweet. But if you don't go four wheelin much, you could just re-gear your front end with 4.11's to match the rear, and it would be fine.
PS... certain axles have 4.10 gears, while others have 4.11's don't worry if you have one in the front and the other in the rear, they are close enough and wont cause any problems, (again I speak from experience, not theory)
You kind of mentioned towing, the 14 bolt would be a big upgrade for towing.
By the way 3.08's SUCK!!! with the 4.11's your going to have a big $#!t eating grin that you can't get rid of for about a month[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]