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Old 03-18-2012, 12:14 AM   #29
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Thanks everyone, I am now thoroughly confused, mission accomplished!

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Old 03-18-2012, 11:06 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by RustyJC
More important than the number of lugnuts (5, 6, 7 in the case of some Fords or 8) is the design of the rear axle. Most 1/2 ton trucks have semi-floating rear axles where the outer axle bearing rides on the axle shaft. 3/4 and 1 ton trucks have full-floating rear axles where the weight is carried by bearings in a hub at each end of the rear axle and the axle shafts only provide the drive force to the hubs.

The full floating axle can be identified by a ring of bolts at the outer end of the axle shaft where the shaft bolts to the hub. The design of the full floating axle means that an axle shaft can be pulled and changed with the wheel still bolted to the hub and that, in case of a broken axle shaft, the wheel can't become detached from the truck since it is secured by the hub and not bolted to the end of the axle as is the case with a semi-floating rear axle.

That is very cool and interesting, thanks.
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Ok here it is in a nut shell 5 lugs nuts on a pickup is a car like rear end light duty non floating axle. 6 lug nuts most likely 4x4 mid duty car type non floating axle 8 lug nuts 3/4 or 1 ton heavy duty full floating axle . difference between the non floating and full floating type you break a axle with the non floating type your wheel falls off your not doing anywhere,also your 5 and 6 bolt type axles are held in place inside the rear end housing with a small horseshoe shaped ring if that breaks off off comes your wheel and axle, where as the 8 bolt axle has your axle in the center of your rear wheel held in place by a small round plate which is your axle with 8 small bolts holding in the axle, and your whole rear wheel is supported with nice big wheel bearings. I would not pull very much with the 5 / 6 bolt setup.Hope I have confused even more. lol lol
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I always try to leave one of the lugnuts home when we go RV'ing; it's just hard to decide which one.
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I think I know which one to leave home.

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