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Old March 21st, 2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Parts store ordering tricks and tips

I've found over the years the price can vary greatly on parts depending HOW you order them. I'm sure some of you have figured that out as well, lets share.

1. 94-02 2wd Dodge 3500 front hub and rotor assembly from Autozone. Tell them you need an assembly or hub, price is currently $189 each. Tell them you need a rotor, price is $79 each and you get same thing.

2. Water pump for 70's-80's Corvette is usually about three times more expensive than one for a 63 Impala with a 283. Same part. In fact, if you need a short SBC water pump, 63 impala is usually listed cheapest.

3. Oil pan gasket set for a 3.9 Cummins is usually about the same price as ordering a complete lower gasket set.

4. 94 up 2wd S-10 and blazer front wheel unit bearings are usually priced twice what 4x4 ones are. 4x4 ones are essentially identical, but have splines. They will bolt on 2wd just fine.

5. 1982-1989 S-truck 4x4 front shafts for a 2.8 or four cylinder are twice as expensive as 4.3 1987-1993 ones. They interchange, and the 4.3 shafts are larger.

Thats all I can think for now, but I know I'll think of more. Please add to the list.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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If you need something weird come to Romeo Motor parts and we can probably figure it out , seriously though we have lots of catalogs, and resources your local O'reilley's, advanced, autozone etc don't have to find parts for your 58 international, or 42 Plymouth, or a tie rod for your dual axle rear steering truck converted into a trailer
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Old March 21st, 2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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damn thats pretty messed up.. I never knew that
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:24 PM   #4
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2. Water pump for 70's-80's Corvette is usually about three times more expensive than one for a 63 Impala with a 283. Same part. In fact, if you need a short SBC water pump, 63 impala is usually listed cheapest.
It's the shaft size on the Vette pump that makes you bend over for prices.


4. 94 up 2wd S-10 and blazer front wheel unit bearings are usually priced twice what 4x4 ones are. 4x4 ones are essentially identical, but have splines. They will bolt on 2wd just fine.
Bolt on, yes. Put a 4wd hub on a 2wd and you will be calling for a wrecker as the hub will separate. I've seen them go 10 miles and others 10 feet before destroying themselves.
Just a couple points to consider.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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Just a couple points to consider.
Nope and nope. Try again.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:32 PM   #6
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Just a couple points to consider.
Your correct. The 4 wheel drive hubs are held togather by the stub shaft and bolt
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:32 PM   #7
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Nope and nope. Try again.
On a lot of 2wd he is correct, the s10 4x4 hub is peened out, for lack fo a better term, to put thr pre load on the bearing without having a shaft in to set thr pre load.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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Nope and nope. Try again.
Shaft size.
Passenger car short pump 5/8"
Corvette 3/4"

Keep digging.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:42 PM   #9
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As for the hubs, I've seen guys run them for years with no issues on S-10s. In fact, the mini truck crowd for years have pulled the shafts, and re-keyed torsion bars to slam the trucks. Not sure if you guys are thinking about jeep bearings or what, but I KNOW 4x4 hubs work on 2 wd S-trucks. Seen it done many times, never seen an issue.

As for the shaft size he may be right, however that won't make a difference in 99.9% of applications.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:48 PM   #10
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havent heard of doing about hubs working or not on the s10s but i know other gm vehicles are not interchangeable. At the dealership i work at someone put a 4wd hub on a 2wd cargo van (cause we have retarded parts guys) and it made it roughly 50ft in the parking lot before giving out. So i would not recommend doing this unless its an s10 i guess.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:52 PM   #11
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(cause we have retarded parts guys)
yes you guys do!
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Old March 21st, 2012, 09:07 PM   #12
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See the goldish ring on the back, that is what sets the pre load on 4x4 s10s, not the cv shaft and spindle nut.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 09:11 PM   #13
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that is good to know. Wish i new that up at silver opening weekend last year. snapped the shaft after 30min on the dunes. spent the other two days riding with friends. that sucked
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Old March 21st, 2012, 09:14 PM   #14
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See the goldish ring on the back, that is what sets the pre load on 4x4 s10s, not the cv shaft and spindle nut.
Thank you for showing that! I had no idea WHY it worked, I just knew it did.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 09:28 PM   #15
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See the goldish ring on the back, that is what sets the pre load on 4x4 s10s, not the cv shaft and spindle nut.
That looks oddly familiar, seems that i've bought a couple of those from you.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 09:31 PM   #16
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The right info gets the right parts every time.
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Thank you for showing that! I had no idea WHY it worked, I just knew it did.
I've came across it before, only reason I know, after 6+ years in parts I know shit I wish i didnt

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That looks oddly familiar, seems that i've bought a couple of those from you.
I think you have.
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Here's a obvious one, always open the box before you leave....the one time i didn't the stupid u joint was missing the clips. That made me really happy.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 05:01 AM   #19
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hahaha i wish.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 12:43 PM   #20
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havent heard of doing about hubs working or not on the s10s but i know other gm vehicles are not interchangeable. At the dealership i work at someone put a 4wd hub on a 2wd cargo van (cause we have retarded parts guys) and it made it roughly 50ft in the parking lot before giving out. So i would not recommend doing this unless its an s10 i guess.
So the wrong part was INSTALLED and the parts guy is to blame?
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