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Old 10-28-2006, 03:16 PM   #1
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Alright guy's, got a chance to buy a set of Rockwell's and need to know a little from folk's on here. Starter's, don't know if they come with any brake system at all. What are my option's on brake's and price idea's? Second, the search I've done on here give's me the opinion that these may not be worth fighting in order to make work under a rig. They won't be for my Blazer, but maybe a dedicated trail rig.
Opinion's are appreciated guy's, thank's.
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what little i do know is u-joint style rockwells are prefered,not sure why tho..
and you can put pinion brakes on them for $250.00 per axle to get you started-alltho some people on here know what parts and part numbers to get from the local auto supply to build your own pinion brake system...they make a detroit locker for them and i also here there is an air locker available-or soon to be available.i know you can rotate the pinions to help align not up n down but left to right,they are ez to cut down and narrow if need be..they also make disk brake systems for the outer wheelpart-this is street legal then as pinion brakes i believe are not.....they make spacers with 8 lug to convert over as well as some other apps.it possible i think to convert them and be able to run a 15 inch wheel on them..you can get stronger inner axles for them as well-i have a set here at my shop that i just aquired
ps they all have the same gearing...from what im told..
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Old 10-28-2006, 05:32 PM   #3
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Great info Slideaction, thank's. So, a set for say 1k with or without brake's would be a deal?
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:53 PM   #4
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I've run Rocks now for I while and I don't think I will ever go back with anything else. If at all possible try to get the U-joint style axles being they are a lot stronger compared to the other ball type joints. You can cut the old boots and reach around inside to feel with kind of joint they have. Make sure you check the pinion slack as well before buying them. If it's going to be a trail only rig just go with the pinion brake setup. They are cheap and easy to find. If you’re going to do much street driving I would go with wheel brakes all the way around. The pinion brakes seam to be a little touchy and will get hot real fast on the street. There are more and more vendors out there making after market parts for Rockwell then there was a few years ago. You will not have a problem finding parts to rebuild or upgrade you Rocks.

As far as getting them under a rig with out sky jacking, any thing can be done with enough time and effort. The easy way is to move the front Rock out past the harmonic balancer and raise your radiator up some. The rear is easy, just use a fuel cell in the back and get rid of the stock tank. I use leaf springs on the front and 4 links in the back. I would not recommend leaf springs due to the spring rap with these heavy pigs mounted to them. It seams to be working on my junk for now at least!

Below is a pic of my junk, you don’t have to sky jack if you don't mind cutting and moving a few things around! BTW a grand is not a bad deal at all for a set of rocks.


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Old 10-28-2006, 08:23 PM   #5
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Thank's for the information Monstercrawler, more help than you can imagine. For a trail only rig I wouldn't mind any sort of moving/cutting. I've got a full size J**p Wagoneer at the shop we've been talking about building up into something so that may very well be the application. Oh, by the way, both these Rockwell's are steering diff's. Don't know if that's going to throw a wrench into the whole idea but I can say "four wheel steer"!!!!!
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Oh, by the way, both these Rockwell's are steering diff's. Don't know if that's going to throw a wrench into the whole idea but I can say "four wheel steer"!!!!!
That what I'm talking about!!!

Just make sure you have enough clearance for the tires to turn in the back. My rig was set up with a non steer axle at first but now I have 4 wheel steer. Talk about makeing a difference. I don't have to make those 4 or 5 point turns anymore! If you can get them both for a grand, jump on them fast because they won't last long.

Good luck with the build up and let me know if you have any questions along the way. I might not have the right answer but I'll come up with something!!!
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Old 10-29-2006, 09:53 AM   #7
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Some web sites to hit up: If you have some $$$ to spend

www.ouversonengineering.com/

www.usa6x6.com/

I would definately hit up ouverson, they have some sweet stuff.

Also, if you ever want to get rid of those i'd be willing to trade/ cash for them .
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