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Old 07-28-2015, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Gm FF14 bolt Mini spool options

soooo, i only drive the truck in the summer, rarely in the winter, it currently has a lock right locker in it, I am pretty sure i broke it or at least mangled it finally, i was on it really hard, now it is doing the locker learch around corners all the time, not just tight turns int he parking lot, the learch doesnt bother me, jsut the locker possibly being broken, looking at a mini spool, as ti is the easiest and cheapest, found a precision one on amazon for like 100$

anyone have any expierence with these or similar ones?

heres a link to the one im looking at

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005HJ40TQ/...I1TJPCOT2PAUDG
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: Gm FF14 bolt Mini spool options

This may be an apple to oranges comparison, but when I blew up my mini-spool in my Ford 9", which subsequently took out my carrier and third member, I have steered other folks away from them. It looks like the 14B mini has 4-pins holding it in place where the 9" only has two (well one solid one sticking out both sides). But cheaping out now might cost you lots more in the end...
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:36 AM   #3
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Default Re: Gm FF14 bolt Mini spool options

If your comfortable welding I'd save the 100.00 and just weld it
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:26 AM   #4
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Default Re: Gm FF14 bolt Mini spool options

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gener...ln-locker.html

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Old 09-10-2015, 03:16 PM   #5
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Default Re: Gm FF14 bolt Mini spool options

I have never seen the point in a mini spool. All my trucks/buggies in the past have been welded. If you can weld, take some pointers from someone who has welded a 14b before and weld the **** out of it. I have done a few 14b before and they are not as easy as say a Dana 60 or sterling 10.25 but end result is free true traction. Here's a few pointers from the way I have done it.

Split the carrier, tack up the spiders, reassemble to make sure it all lines up, then weld the spiders into a giant ball of metal and your done. Now you can take it one step further but it makes your carrier and spiders a permiminent unit but it's bullet prof. Drop in the welded spider gears to the half with the ring gear, set the other side on to make sure it fits. If it all looks good pull the second half off and tack the spiders to the carrier, reassemble again to make sure it fits, then weld it solid and reassemble for the last time.

Just make sure you tack and check. If you don't you might end up with a sweet paper weight that doesn't fit.
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Old 12-20-2015, 01:41 PM   #6
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Default Re: Gm FF14 bolt Mini spool options

sorry, i forgot about this thread completley....yeah that spool im looking at doesmnt look very good.

however, i would weld up the spiders if i had any, that lockright is like a mini spool locker. i may just search around for a higher quality mini spool
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:57 PM   #7
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Default Re: Gm FF14 bolt Mini spool options

Ever thought about a full spool? They are pretty cheap and solid.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:39 PM   #8
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Default Re: Gm FF14 bolt Mini spool options

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Ever thought about a full spool? They are pretty cheap and solid.
i didn't, just trying to minimize labor, but i never really looked into it, i guess with those big nuts int he housing that slide the carrier left and right, there shouldn't be any shims involved, ill take a look into one

also, just searched for about 20 min, most full spools are specified as 4.10 and down, mine is 4.56
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