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Old February 8th, 2014, 08:25 PM   #1
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So I need to know what axle is in my 1996 suburban 2500. I know its a 14 bolt but I need to know if it is ff or semi float how do I tell the difference? And then I need to know if it has a 9.5" ring gear or a 10.5" is t here anyway to tell without taking the axle cover off?
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Old February 8th, 2014, 09:11 PM   #2
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Yes. Tell me where to meet you and I'll tell you. First pic is full floater. Second is semi float.
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Old February 8th, 2014, 09:16 PM   #3
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Off topic but isnt antisieze a nono on studs?

Also goo to knownhow to identifiy them, never knew that. Guess I got a ff on my 2500
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Old February 8th, 2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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I have used antisieze on studs but also agree that I have heard it should not be used there.

I would use it again but don't usually.
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Very little antisieze goes a long way.. With that said I use it on lug nuts but keep it light.
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Antiseize is a big nono on lugs i have used it hub faces to keep wheels from being stuck on

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Antisieze or any type of lubricant is recommended on studs. Always!! Light oil or grease. Lubrication on the threads increases clamping force up to 10% if not more. This is coming from Arvin meritor, Rockwell, Eaton, Alcoa, Michelin, good year, and many heavy truck manufacturers.
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I believe all FF 14bolts are 10.5 ring gear. Could be wrong thou
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Yes. Tell me where to meet you and I'll tell you. First pic is full floater. Second is semi float.
Thank you mine is a ff looks like the first pic. All I need to do is figure out if its a 10.5 " ring gear. Asking for a disc brake conversion.
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If it's the full floater it's 10.5".
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If it's the full floater it's 10.5".
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Easiest way to tell without pulling a hub cap is that the 10.5" full-float 14-Bolt has a removeable pinion support. It will have 6 bolts around the yoke area (front) of the differential. The semi-float 9.5" 14-Bolt doesn't have this.
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