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6 to 5 lug d44

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by PeteH, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. PeteH

    PeteH 1/2 ton status

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    just wondering what is involved with changing my d44 to 5 lug. to match a ferd 9"(5 on 5.5).

    i think i'll need:
    ford wheel bearing hubs
    ford locking hubs
    ford rotors
    i think i heard something about small and large bearings too... anybody:confused:
    i have a 75 blazer btw.
     
  2. u2slow

    u2slow 1/2 ton status

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    Small bearing spindles are the same diameter for the inner and outer journal. The big bearing has a larger inner journal. '75 should be small. Changeover was 77 or so.

    Ford hubs are compatible with the small/early spindles.
     
  3. k204dr

    k204dr 1/2 ton status

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    you can also have your large bearing hubs machined down to small hub dimensions, if you cant' find them.
     
  4. 1977k5

    1977k5 3/4 ton status Vendor

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    You can also get new shafts for your 9" with the 6 lug pattern
     
  5. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Second this motion.

    Another tip, especially if you can't find the correct spindle and if you have a D44 donor from a Ford: use the knuckles on out. You will have all the correct parts you need right there. Just get some new ball joints and reinstall everything to the GM housing.
     
  6. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Since your truck is already a '75, which is the "first design" axles, you can just simply remove the GM bearing hubs/rotors and install replacement Ford bearing hubs/rotors and reuse the stock GM calipers along with the same lockouts you removed from the GM.

    There is no difference between Ford and GM lockouts. All fit and exchange easily with each other.
     
  7. diesel4me

    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Good To know..

    Yes,Ford 1/2 ton locking hubs are identical to GM ones ,except for the color sometimes!..we used some off a Dodge 4x4 on my K20 in a pinch once..looked the same too..(talking older trucks here,under 1987)..

    Another interesting trivia fact..

    Piston rings for a 350 Chevy are the exact same part numbers that fit Ford 302's !!..there is a little bit of Chevy in every good Ford!...:D
     

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