Polishing a turd...throwing money at 14 bolts

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    Polishing a turd...throwing money at 14 bolts

    This is for rockyota83 making 14 bolt tech great again...

    Did this build about two years ago but figured the new board might want to see it. After my wife bent a spindle for the second time on her 1st gen 14 bolt I was over it. Decided to see how much money I could spend on one to make one throttle proof. Obviously 1.5" axle shafts, spindles, and 3.5" axle tubes are for haters and losers. So the plan was to start with 4" tubes, unit bearings, and 40 spline and go from there. ECGS is a great company which I support so I decided to use them for the build. My partner and I run Diddy's Big Block Race Shop which is a big Mark Williams dealer and we personally worked with MW to develop these parts and bring them to market. I also happen to think they are the best. Full disclosure.

    ECGS was not handling MW at the time but they agreed to take on the build. We settled on ECGS's fully shaved, 4" 3/8" wall tubing 14 bolt. I shipped them weld cups, brake parts, 40 spline chromoly spool, billet yoke, and redrilled unit bearings and let them work their magic. A little while later this showed up.
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      Looks good!
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        Sexy!
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          #5
          Where's the tech? Take this shit to noob

          But really, tha'ts hawt

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            Looks like a killer axle to me! It looks like the tubes were welded to the housing with regular MIG wire though while the shave plate got stainless or nickel? Curious on that. I would personally prefer standard 1/2 ton chevy calipers and some type of standard(ish) rotors as well, but I get it. Again, looks like a great axle that I'd be proud to have under my rig! Mark Williams is top notch...

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              With the help of my friend and business partner Chris wizzo (chief fab guy, shock tuner, master rewirerererer, and expert in all things) the installation was pretty simple. He was able to cut the truss off the old axle to reuse and I had ordered new shock, suspension and swaybar tabs from WOD so it all went together quickly.
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                The last thing to come together was to install axle shafts. ECGS sent me shaft measurements so I had a set of 40 spline 300m shafts whipped up by Mark that are works of art. The weld cups, drive flange pucks, shafts and retaining rings are a whole system designed by MW to work together and is really trick and clean. Weld cups also include a built in seal so you can forget about the headache of coming up with a sealing solution.
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                    Finished product
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                      The ECGS shaved 14 has more clearance than her front HP60 which measured 13.5". The only thing about the whole build that I am a little disappointed in is the 14 bolt shave. The bottom bolt plate is already beat up and slightly leaking. Oh well. So over my 14 bolt career I've had no shave, 13 bolt shave, and full shave with plate and the only one that has turned out to be 100% bombproof is no shave. Moral of the story, keep it simple let that ditch digger do its thing, fuck it!

                      Parts used in build...
                      Housing - https://eastcoastgearsupply.com/c-12...m-14-bolt.html
                      ABS block off - https://markwilliams.com/50289.html
                      Brakes - https://markwilliams.com/71900.html
                      UB redrill - https://markwilliams.com/50299.html
                      40 spline spool - https://markwilliams.com/14b-spl-40.html
                      Yoke - https://www.markwilliams.com/39083.html
                      Weld cups - https://www.markwilliams.com/50295.html
                      Shafts and drive flange kit - https://www.markwilliams.com/50265.html

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                        Originally posted by DesertCJ View Post
                        Looks like a killer axle to me! It looks like the tubes were welded to the housing with regular MIG wire though while the shave plate got stainless or nickel? Curious on that. I would personally prefer standard 1/2 ton chevy calipers and some type of standard(ish) rotors as well, but I get it. Again, looks like a great axle that I'd be proud to have under my rig! Mark Williams is top notch...
                        You'd have to ask ECGS but that's how we've always done it in the holler so it's all good with me. That's the 1st upgrade to a junkyard 1st gen housing around here, hit the tubes with the mig to keep them from spinning. Really the welds to the housing are secondary anyway, I know some places send retubed 14 bolts out the door with plug welds only.

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                          #13
                          That’s awesome. The seals in the bearings cups is killer. I had a great experience with Mark Williams unlike branik which is allergic to the regular guys money.

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                            Originally posted by redneckengineered View Post
                            The last thing to come together was to install axle shafts. ECGS sent me shaft measurements so I had a set of 40 spline 300m shafts whipped up by Mark that are works of art. The weld cups, drive flange pucks, shafts and retaining rings are a whole system designed by MW to work together and is really trick and clean. Weld cups also include a built in seal so you can forget about the headache of coming up with a sealing solution.
                            so if i understand correctly the seal in the bearing keeps the drive slug dry and you dont rely on the drive cover to keep the oil in?

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                              Originally posted by mobil1syn View Post

                              so if i understand correctly the seal in the bearing keeps the drive slug dry and you dont rely on the drive cover to keep the oil in?
                              Correct. Oil never makes it to the UB. There's a sealing o-ring on the covers but that's to keep crap out not keep oil in.

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