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- Nov 30, 2001
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- Gnaw Bone, Indiana
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Semi-float and Truck don't belong in the same sentence. All these new Fords have semi 60s in them. This Mercedes 2500 van we have is a little semi-float.7k rolling wt for my ranger was avg back in the d35 explorer 8.8 days. 8k plus was regularly done.
its why i have full floater rear 60 now.
wouldnt bat an eye at 2k in gear on a expo axle and 3600 overall.
but i have had some design plans for a slide in.
If you have a full-float, it can't break. Period. It has 2 (TWO!) bearings hold the weight. And they are BIG bearings because they have to be large enough for the axle shaft that powers the wheel to pass through. TWO and BIG is a lot better that one little bearing. There is nothing you can't carry if you install a full-floating axle. With a semi-float (used a lot now in F150 and new vans and Tundra and Nissan things)--they all have a smaller single bearing. The drive (live) axle depends on that bearing to locate it. And that bearing also has to support the weight. It's like a steer tire--it's only good at one thing at a time turning or braking. A loaded semi-float axle is flexing under the weight of the load, plus it is twisting under the torque of the engine, plus there is only one of it. Not a real truck axle.