This truss system is designed for 4-link capability on a rear 14 Bolt axles. It serves as a link mount system for a 4 link, as well as greatly strengthens the housing. These 14 Bolt housings are notorious for spinning tubes and fracturing the original casting. Take the strength to the next level and add a Ballistic Differential cover with an integrated truss mount!
The Ballistic Fabrication 14 Bolt Truss is made from 1/4" and 3/8" A36 steel plate and offers amazing protection for your axle! Don’t get caught on a rock without one!
Features and Benefits
- Integrated 3/8" thick pinion guard INCLUDED
- Three Piece design so that the diff cover and pinion can be easily removed for repair and maintenance.
- 1/4" and 3/8" internal gussets with a close tolerance profile on the main gusset so that it can be easily welded.
- Add a 3/8" thick diff cover with integration bridge for protection against rocks as well as strengthen the overall system.
- Upgrade to a full blown 14B Shave kit / Truss system for the ultimate in strength.
- Includes ALL hardware for tie-ins
- Includes 2.63" width brackets for Ballistic joints with 9/16" bore or equivalent
Truss is shipped non-assembled and is not welded.
14 Bolt Rear Truss System
I haven't installed it yet. I am going to put it together this summer.
Cant speak to the entire truss system as it has yet to be installed in conjunction with lift,...however, installed the first differential cover purchased prior to entire truss kit, it is heavy as phuq compared to the original, and was a bitch to get on on my back under the truck, but once on it looked good.
Was disappointed that I could not also fit the spider protector cover over top I also purchased, as this cover is about an inch thick metal all the way around, unlike the oem that has a flattened lip. It still fits nice and snug though, and admittady the spider would have blocked out the skull.
Definitely a tough differential cover. Am unfamiliar with mag hytec or any other aftermarkets, was going for original style, and am definitely happy with it. Though was a little sneaky to have the truss kit back in stock after I purchased diff cover...
It comed rough, sort of marked, scratches...
I didnt paint or treat it, will see how it fares through winter, which will determine if I do that to truss kit, but its definitely one tough cover, and the components Ive seen seem to be just as well made.
Im happy with it, and feel it was worth the money, even with exchange. Im fairly confident it will be a good addition to the build.
Just installed this today.
The fit was excellent and went together with minimal adjustments... just a little grinding to clean up some cut flash.
Prepping the axle for the fit up was the biggest headache... i.e. cutting off all the factory tabs and brackets, removing the brakes, etc.
(So glad to get rid of those big heavy drum brakes!)
I also used the Ballistic diff cover with the raised truss ring to tie it all together. Maybe a diff shave kit will come later but not for now.
One concern I had on assembly was the accessibility of the top nuts on the back side of the diff cover once it was all put together.
Before I installed the top plate, I just welded the nuts to the inside of the truss. A small issue but problem solved and it won't be coming apart any time soon or very often.
Just something to be aware of. I used Grade 8 steel lock nuts instead of the nuts in the kit. Also, Red LocTite is your friend!
As I said before, the prep was a minor PITA but this build was FUN!
BTW, the hardware kit also included a really cool Ballistic skull key ring trinket!
My hat's off to you for a great design! This thing is bad ass!
You can tell this thing is tough as hell. The diff cover is definitely bulletproof.