14FF and problems (UPDATE)
I know this has been discussed before but I can't find it anywhere so please bear with me.
OK, so I've been thinking again. Yes, it's starting to get scary.
I'm really trying to avoid spending tons of money. However, the fact that I need a traction device and my thoughts of a minispool in a 10 bolt look pretty poor it looks like I'll have to bow to you guys and your 14FFs.
OK, let's say I stuff a 14FF under my truck. I've got one at my parents' itching for a home, no big deal.
First off, has anyone put disk brakes on their 14 bolt?
wheels. I don't want to have 8 bolt in the rear and 6 bolt in the front. I'm not going to swap out the corporate 10 bolt I have in the front for a hard-to-find and expensive 8 lug dana44. I haven't seen a dana60 that cost less than a grand so that's out.
is it possible to drill new holes in the rear for a 6 bolt pattern and clear the hub safely with a standard chevy wheel? I don't mind grinding a little but I don't want a weak wheel.
Can drill, don't know about fitting over a standard wheel. May need shaving.
brakes. I don't want to stick 50+ pound drums on my truck. The bigger axle already adds at least 100 pounds. This means I'd have to switch to disk brakes. our friends here at off-road.com were nice enough to do an article on it. The same truck I'm robbing the 14FF off has some nifty nice calipers too. So all I'd need is the brackets. Anyone know of a source besides TSM that sells them cheap? I think more than $75 is too expensive for a couple pieces of drilled steel. Better yet, has anyone made them?
A really cool guy at TSM told me that the 2wd and 4wd calipers were identical. I've had several other people tell me that this wasn't the case. I'll go with the TSM people.