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10 bolt 6 lug vs D44 8 Lug Swap

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BigTex, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. BigTex

    BigTex 1/2 ton status

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    Okay, this one may have already been answered but just to confirm:

    I am currently running a front 10 bolt 6 lug on my '79 and will convert to 3/4 running gear. I have a D44 8 lug in the garage and was wondering if I could just swap out the hubs, rotors, and backing plates from the D44 to the 10 bolt. Will this be a direct swap or do I have to find an 8 lug 10 bolt? I don't want to swap the entire axle since I just put in new ball joints, bearings, and axle joints on the 10 bolt. Anyone out there? Thanks!

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  2. Stoopalini

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    check out this link for a good write up on this

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.ColoradoK5.com/8lugconversion.shtml>CK5's 6 to 8 lug conversion writeup</a>

    Thomas.

    -- '84 K5 Blazer --
     
  3. 6.2Blazer

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    Yes, you should have all the parts you need to convert the 10-bolt to 8-lug. Exactly how many parts off of the 44 you need might vary though.
    You will definitely need the backing plates/caliper brackets, and the wheel hub assembly. There were some differences in spindles throughout the years, they all interchange between the axles but require different wheel bearings (the inner diameter of the bearings will vary, the outside diameter should all be the same). Some 44's also used the big external locking hubs, versus the smaller looking internal hubs on the 10-bolts and other 44's. Obviously if the 44 has the external hubs you won't be able to use internal style currently on the 10.
     
  4. BigTex

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    Thanks, 6.2!

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