i need to be school'd on rockwells. The 2.5 ton toploader variety. I have a line on a set for cheap. Tires wheel driveshafts all that crap. So how do you make these things into a driver drop front axle and a centered rear?? also what about brakes on these things? I know to take the drums off and run a pinion brake is easiest. I was thinking of leaving the drums on the rear and doin pinion or wheel brakes on the front?? any help is appreciated!! [Reply]
Originally Posted by iniviate:
it's amazingly simple since it's already centered.
the driveshaft is slightly offset to one side. if you want it slightly offset to the other side, just flip the chunk around.
the big bearing side is supposed to be the input side, but it doesn't really matter.
So the rear axle is almost centered as it is?? I'm askin stupid questions cuz ive never seen a rockwell in person only pics on the internet. And the front can be turned around to achieve a driver drop axle? Do you simply swap the knuckles to opposite sides to get the steering in front of the axle or behind? [Reply]
You can flip the hubs in or out on both the front and rear. Just simply flip them around and bolt them back on.The reason the fronts are out, and the rear are in, is because on a 2.5 ton military truck they run dually hubs in the rear. You can't center a rear housing, only a front. To center a front just spin the chunk around, notch the housing and re-drill some of the holes that hold the chunk to the housing. Oh and hubs flipped in is 69.5", full width. Hubs out, about 9" wider. [Reply]
1) Wheel brakes are NOT mandatory when using a locker. Some people report better braking with a welded dif or spool vs a locker, but pinion brakes most certainly do work with a locker. Most people do consider wheel brakes necessary if you are running rockwells on the street, regardless of the differential that you're running.
Im just trying to get the width of the rear axle to almost the same as the front. In stock form the rear axle is narrower because they are suppose to be dual wheel. So i flipped the rear hubs around and now it seems wider than the front! WTF. Now i never claimed to be able to use a tape measure, cuz god i cant measure the same thing twice and come up with the same length. I have one rear hub out and one in, and that is 2" wider than the front on both sides. [Reply]