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    Looking at some axles

    I am looking to get some 3/4 ton axles on a trade. They have virtually no miles since rebuild, but that was 10 years ago. My question is, what will I need to look out for, will there be a chance of the seals being dried up, bearing issues? They were put on a truck, and parked immediately.
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    Why was it parked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GobblerK5 View Post
    Why was it parked?
    I do not think he ever finished the truck.
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    If the axles were stored behind the shop and grass has grown under them I'd walk. If they were built and put in a corner of the shop that's a different story.
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    I talked to the guy again about the axles, he parked the truck because he was restoring it, but never finished because he moved to a different restoration project. He also said that he did go ahead and but an engine in it. He drove it about 30 miles a few years back, and there were no leaks at that time. he is going to check them out again for me.
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    Well, ended up not getting the axles, still running the factory 1/2 tons, but they are still going. I need to change the fluid in them, and check the seals out, but still turn.
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    I am actually thinking about keeping the original axles, but putting in some better components like a quality LSD, quality axles shafts, things like that, what are you all's take on these types of upgrades, as opposed to buy 1 ton axles and the likes??
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    Oh no...you didn't ask that question did you?

    Answer...depends on your uses of the rig.

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    RIP - 1987 K5 Blazer - Silverado Edition
    305 TBI / 700r4 / 10 Bolts / 3.08s

    32x11.50x15 Buckshot Mudders on stock rallys
    Flowmaster 40 series with dual chrome tips out the back
    1987 K5 Silverado - Build Thread

    1991 K5 Blazer - Silverado Edition
    350 TBI / 4L60 / 10 bolts / 4.10s
    35x12.50x15 Cooper Discoverer STT on stock rallys
    1991 K5 Silverado - Build Thread
    NOVEMBER 2012 ----- TRUCK-OF-THE-MONTH!!!!
    APRIL 2013 ----- TRUCK-OF-THE-MONTH!!!!

    And my other ride ---> GobblerK5's 2004 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab - Not much building going on in here though

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    Here's my thought on this- if you want to put 1 tons on your truck even if it never leaves the pavement then do it. Who cares what anyone else thinks. Your vehicle, do what u want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GobblerK5 View Post
    Oh no...you didn't ask that question did you?

    Answer...depends on your uses of the rig.

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    LOL, yes I did just ask this!!! I plan to mildly abuse it, not torture, but lets say work it. Drive on road, in snow, in mud, playing, utility, whatever else I can get into with the old girl!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jjvh5150 View Post
    Here's my thought on this- if you want to put 1 tons on your truck even if it never leaves the pavement then do it. Who cares what anyone else thinks. Your vehicle, do what u want.

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    Yeah, I plan to find some at some point, but they are crazy expensive these days, people seem to think they are made of gold or something. But it may also cost less to build my axles a little bit, as it would to buy and build some toners. As stated, I want LSD front and rear, and the M1028 axles are even harder to find, so there is more funds. On the other hand, I hate to drop that kinda money into them, and they still break too easy. So, I thought I would get some info, from y'all, hopefully someone that has went in both directions, to get me a little education on the subject, before I commit.

    Thanks for the replies guys!!!
    Have a great day, and be blessed.

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