Yes, they do come in 6 Lug but they are not the full floater one ton rear ends. I have one in my blazer and I know you can find them in Z71's, some 3/4 ton vans, light duty 6 lug 3/4 tons and they even have a 5 lug version in the 454 SS pickups. Hope that helps, I was also comparing them to my stock 10 bolt and they are a lot beafier than the stock rear end I had, I think I will have a hard time breaking this one.
When you call around to yards...tell them you are looking for a 14 bolt, 9.5" rear. It came in HD 1/2 tons, and LD 3/4 ton 2wd. I saw one last week for $400. Best part is, they are a full bolt in replacement. Call Rancho Chevy Recycling in Rancho Cordova if you can't find one in so cal. For the 1/2 tons...look for a Z71 with the tow package, about 75% of the trucks with that option have them.
There is a 9 1/2" 14 bolt and a 10 1/2" 14 bolt. I heard it is better to get the 10 1/2" 14bolt axle. They are not at all the same as eacother. But do the 10 1/2" 14 bolts only come in 8 lug? Are they the 1 ton axles?
the 10.5" 14 bolt rear is a 1 ton rear end. They only come in 8 lug. There was a differential shop in the IE doing 6 lug conversions for about 3k. If you seriously beat your truck, find a dana 60 from a junkyard, then put 6 lug axles in it. Those things are unbreakable. Only other thing I would recommend would be a 9" ford rear.
I looked into it and the 14 bolt 10 1/2 (FF) is way overkill. Im not trying to attach a anchor to my truck. They make a 9 1/2" 14 bolt with 6 lug which I might go look for. What about the 12 bolts are those much beefier than the 10 bolts?
Why not go for the 9.5" 14 bolt?? It bolts directly into the truck. No changing anything. Just swapping brakelines, and new u bolts. That's it!! It can't get much easier. You can even re-use your driveshaft, and the u joint is like $7!! =)
I'd be more concerned about the transmission than the rear. The 14 bolt 9.5" will hold up no prob. Parts are plentiful, as they are a current part. About 30% of the 1/2 ton trucks have them. ALL 2wd 3/4 trucks have them.
Ok, a Little FYI on the 10 1/2" 14 bolt. It has full floating hubs, large axles, large ring, and pinion, power- trax makes a serious locker for it for under $300, self supporting removable pinion just like the 9" with massive bearings, and for around $300 more dollars ($550 if you want to add a parking brake) you can put a disc brake kit on it that takes 70 lbs. off it's total weight! The only down side is the eight lug hubs if you already have rims. The problem with using Dana 60's, GM 12 bolts, GM 9 1/2" 14 bolts, etc is that they use semi floating axles with c-clips, If you break a axle your done, and take a chance of crashing your truck, and you can't even use a tow strap to get the truck back home, or to camp. With the full floating hub you would have to over twist the axle to break it and even if you did the truck will still be on 4 tires and moveable, usually drivable. Just my 2 cents.
Has this thread been moved from another bbs ? Sure seems like it.
IMHO the full floater 14b is not needed for dezert use. They are extremely heavy. The tube wall thickness just inboard of the brake flange is over 1/2". At the housing end of the tube it tapers down to somewhere btwn 1/4" & 3/8"
It does have a place in your dezert machine's tow rig.
I used swerve around my halucinations, now I drive right thru them.