GM 10.5" 14 Bolt Axle Builder

GM 14 Bolt Axle Overview

The GM 10.5" axle, commonly known as the GM "14 Bolt", is an extremely popular rear axle due to its strength, availability, and healthy aftermarket. They feature a massive 10.5" diameter ring gear and pinion with a 3rd bearing at its nose that prevents gear deflection under severe loads. Pair that with extra large 1.59" diameter 30 spline axle shafts and you have an axle that requires very few modifications to handle extreme applications.


Does Your GM 14 Bolt Have a High or Low Carrier?


If your axle still has the original factory gears in it, then 3.42 to 4.11 gears will be on the lower carrier and 4.56 to 5.38 gears will be on the higher carrier. Otherwise, use the table below to determine your differential carrier:


High or Low Carrier Dana 60


To learn more about differential carriers, see this Crawlpedia article on thick gears and carrier breaks.


If your axle still has the original gears installed and you do not know your current axle ratio, you can find it using your vehicles RPO code which is typically located in the glovebox. Find the code that starts with the letter G (or H) and look up your gear ratio in the table below:


GM RPO Code Identification
GU6 3.42
GT4 3.73
GT5 4.10
HC4 4.56

For a complete list RPO axle codes, see the Crawlpedia GM RPO Axle Code Guide.


Gear ratio, ring gear rotation, and thick gear designations can be found marked on most gears.

Ring Gear Identification

Gear ratio can also be determined by counting the number of teeth on the ring and pinion gears using the Crawlpedia Ring Rear Ratio Calculator.