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getting 2005 AWD Escalade front diff to work

getting 2005 AWD Escalade front diff to work

Postby HuskerNation [OP] » Jan 11 2015, 6:01pm

Hey SS members!

Ok I have a problem. I bought a front diff for my 04 Silverado, but purchased it from a 2005 Escalade AWD. This doesn't have an actuator, so I'm now will aware it not going to work in my truck as it sits.

My question, can I take my axle housing that contains the 4x4 actuator off my truck, and put it on the new assembly I bought? Only reason I'm asking, is it's been a pain to try and sell the diff I have now. Both have 3.73 axle ratio. I'm just not sure if the carriers are the same or not.

If this isn't possible, what other vehicles would the one I have now fit, besides an Escalade? Compatible ones for my truck would be 99-06 right? Will Tahoe, Suburban work as well?

Thank you in advance for you advice and suggestions!
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Re: getting 2005 AWD Escalade front diff to work

Postby HuskerNation [OP] » Jan 13 2015, 5:10am

Anyone with any advice?
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Re: getting 2005 AWD Escalade front diff to work

Postby 19trax95 » Jan 13 2015, 5:16am

Not too sure on this one, buy I assume the gears are trashed in the original right?

You could always just open them up and compare. I would think that both are based off the 8.25" front diff that gm has been using since 88.

But I've never dealt with a awd before. Heck, I've only ever seen two in person, one being a silverado ss and the other a gmc Denali
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Re: getting 2005 AWD Escalade front diff to work

Postby HuskerNation [OP] » Jan 13 2015, 5:56am

Yeah, something is trashed in mine. Front shaft spin and not moving. Not sure if I broke the pin, shattered the bearing or sleeve. It's identical to what I have, just no slot for an actuator.
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