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97 chevy 1500 Solid axle swap questions

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by pulser9, May 21, 2006.

  1. pulser9

    pulser9 Registered Member

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    Ok so my friend has a 97 1500. He wants to do a Solid Axle Swap. We want to do a dana 60 in the front and a 14 bolt rear. Im going to work on this project before i get a blazer and start my project. What we need to know is do they make a kit for a SAS for a 97 1500, if so what site has it? We want to run like 12 inches of lift and 38s. Also what trucks should i be looking to get the axles off of?

    Thanks,
    Kevin
     
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    pulser9 Registered Member

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    Ok after we looked into he solid axle swap weve leaned against it. For one reason and one reason only, Money. I figure between the two axles, conversion kit, reagearing/rebuilding axles, springs, dual shocks would coast me around 5 grand then another 1400 for tires and weels. And alot of man hours. All this is to much. So we started looking into the whiplash 10 inch lift kit. Has anyone herd anything about this lift?

    thanks
    Kevin


     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    your going to spend alot more money on an ifs lift and tire than you will an sas ive spent 100 bucks for far (not counting parts i had) on mine. So total for my front is:

    Complety rebuilt axle 1300 (dana 60)
    Mounts 80
    Shackles 100
    Springs 200

    Thats 1680. Not to bad. And if i went 10 bolt it coulda been alot cheaper

    Steering is like anothe 300. I included the arm in the price of the axle. Follow the link in my sig. It prolly took me 2-3 full days to do the front swap.
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    That and 14 bolts are dirt cheap. Look in the ifs forums. me and 1 other guys have all done the swap for very little $$ i coulda done even cheaper but i used mounts i had previously bought.
     
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    i had considered this for my 99,


    when I looked at lifting it with a quality kit a couple grand is an average price,

    but you still have stock tie rod ends, stock cvs, and now you have actually a weaker set up due to the increased leverage of a larger tire and the angles that have increased.
    then add the drive shafts, the 1400 tires and wheels and a fare amount of time, maybe 2 days.

    if you were to do it right and have a beefy ifs, its still getting near 5 grand.


    i wont do it simply because I work out of my truck, and I have blazers to take off road, not to mention this is my tow rig and resale is hurt by decreasing the amount of potintial buyers due to the lift/ appearance.

    the solid axel is the way to go, just aquire the parts and wait it out,\


    what does the conversion kit consist of?
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    Honestly, anyone who buys a conversion kit should have their head examined.:rolleyes: Do even the smallest amount of research and find out just how cheap and easy it is to do. hell i even did mine completly differant than everybody elses. (using only 49" springs rather than 52- 56" and mine still was easy)


    You gotta think of how far ahead you come in strength, uniquiness, and quality. The straight axles is just so much better than the stock ifs for what we do, hell even daily driving, 10" of lift is not easy on an ifs system.
     
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    btw... my fender height (the outside lip of the fender) went from 32" stock (2wd height) to 50-51" all said and done:eek1: thats with 36's comparded to 30's too though. So the 36's stand 34", 34" - 30" = 4" / 2 = 2" so 51"- 2"= 49" 49"-32" = 17" of lift over stock using only a 6" lift spring for a 73-87 truck:eek1:
     
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    how much welding is involved in the conversion. Because i definetly wuldnt consider my welding top quality.
     
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    ummm...none at all
     
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    follow the link in my sig...youll have to pay 25 bucks to see the pic but it will save you $5000;) See most people dont see this site as saving them that much money but i know it saved me the cost of the kit so that more than worth the 25 bucks:rolleyes:
     
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    yea i didnt buy pay the 25 yet because i didnt have a chevy to work on yet but now were working on this one so i will.
     
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    Ok so what mounts and spring will i need to buy? And where can i buy them? Or am i going to have to fab them?
     
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    READ THE BUILD UP THREADS for the 3rd time:rolleyes: THe info you need is in those threads.
     
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