Parts and Tools for 1979-up AAM, Chevy and GMC 8-1/2" and 8.6" 10 Bolt Rear Axles
The GM 8-1/2" 10 bolt rear axle first appeared in vans 1976, however it did not come into widespread use in GM trucks until 1979-1981 when it replaced the 8-7/8" truck axle. From 1982-1987, this 10 bolt axle was used by all the GM 1/2 ton truck models. From 1988 on, the 8-1/2" axle has continued to be used for 1/2 ton class vehicles, plus some 3/4 ton vans. When AAM acquired the GM axle manufacturing assets, the 8-1/2" was renamed the AAM 860 8.6" 10 bolt rear axle
Axle Shafts and Axle Shaft C-Clips
QU30190 C-Clip GM 10 Bolt Rear Axle Shafts
Is a new original equipment quality part that is used to retain the axle shafts on GM and AAM 8-1/2" and 8.6" semi-float 10 Bolt Rear Axles.Please refer to QU30190 page for more details and ordering information.
TK42158 30 Spline Right Inner Axle Shaft for 1979-1991 Dana 44 GM 8.5" K10 and K20 1/2 ton trucks.
Link to TK42158 Catalog Page
TK42159 30 Spline Left Inner Axle Shaft for 1988-1991 Dana 44 GM 8.5" K10 and K20 1/2 ton trucks.
Link to TK42159 Catalog Page
Differential Bearing and Seal Kits
With fuel injected engines, vehicle mileage life expectancy is two to three times as great as it was with carbureted engines so an axle rebearing job is now a preventive maintenance service that should usually be performed on trucks with 150, 000 to 200, 000 miles on the odometer to prevent catastrophic bearing related failures. Our Differential Bearing and Seal Kits include Timken® Differential and Pinion Bearings plus a pinion seal and small parts needed to perform the typical 8-1/2" GM rear axle rebearing service
QU50580 Differential Bearing & Seal Kit
For 1979-1998 GM 8.5 10 Bolt Rear Axles.Please refer to QU50580 page for more details and ordering information.
There have been a several significant differential component changes to the 8.5"/8.6" family of axles over it's long production life. Up until 1989, the diff side gears and axle shafts all had 28 splines. Starting in 1989, The 28 spline configuration was phased out for many applications by a 30 spline setup using the same small hub type differential case. After 1988, you need to ID your diff parts before ordering. Both 28 and 30 spline axles were made until 2000, plus there are both large hub and small hub types and other changes specific to particular years or models
QU30103 Lock Bolt
For Open Differential Cross Shaft.Please refer to QU30103 page for more details and ordering information.
QU50850 28 Spline Internal Differential Parts Kit
Is a genuine AAM Kit for 1977-1989.5 GM 10 Bolt Rear axles with 28 spline axle shafts.Please refer to QU50850 page for more details and ordering information.
QU50849 30 Spline Internal Differential Parts Kit
Is a genuine AAM Kit for 1989.5-1998 GM 10 Bolt rear axles with small hub side gears.Please refer to QU50849 page for more details and ordering information.
Pinion Yokes, Pinion Hardware, and Pinion Seals
QU30106 Pinion Seal for 1977-1997 GM 10 Bolt Rear Axles
Is a new original equipment quality pinion seal with outer wiper lip for 1977-1997.5 GM 10 Bolt rear axles.Please refer to QU30106 page for more details and ordering information.
Q40707 Pinion Yoke 1350 Series Pinion Yoke fits stock applications for GM 10 Bolt 8.5" Rear Axles that use 1-5/16" I.D. Seals. U-Joint cup diameter is 1-3/16", U-Joint width is 3-5/8".
See our QU40707 large text individual page for more details and tech notes.
QU40709 Universal Joint Strap and Bolt Kit for Spicer type 1350 series yoke This genuine Spicer original equipment Kit is used to secure Spicer type universal joints with 1-3/16" diameter cups to Spicer style transfer case and axle end yokes. 5/16" hardened, fine thread Flange Head Bolts have 5/16" hex heads and a threadlocking compound has been applied to the bolt threads. Use one Kit per yoke. Made in U.S.A.
Link to our QU40709 Individual page for more detail & tech notes.
QU30035 GM 10 Bolt Pinion Preload Crush Sleeve
Fits all 1977-1991 full size Chevy & GMC 4x4's with GM 10 Bolt 8-1/2" Ring Gear rear axles.Link to our QU30035 Large Text Individual Page for more details and ordering information.
Wheel Bearings and Wheel Seals
AAM and GM 8-1/2" and 8.6" Rear Axles are of the semi-floating type in which the differential and a single straight roller bearing support each axle shaft. Each axle shaft is held in place by a C-Clip located at the inboard end of the axle shaft
QU50213 1979-1995 Axle Shaft Wheel Bearing for 8-1/2" 10 Bolt
Rear Axles in 1979 to 1995 Chevy and GMC Large SUVs, pickups, and vans up to light duty 3/4 ton models.Please refer to QU50213 page for more details and ordering information.
QU51202 Rear Wheel Seal for many semi-float rear axles including most GM 10 bolt and 12 bolt 1/2 ton rear axles.
Link to QU51202 Catalog Page