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best doner for some good axles

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tunedportk5, Jul 24, 2004.

  1. tunedportk5

    tunedportk5 1/2 ton status

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    what are the best doner trucks to get axles to swap into a K5. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Bhintz 1/2 ton status

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    M1008 military chevy, end of discussion, or a Unimog /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  3. tunedportk5

    tunedportk5 1/2 ton status

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    I was thinking about biding on one of those a few months back at one of those military actions.
     
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    clubba68 1/2 ton status

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    Chevy K30's are good too.
     
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    what are the best doner trucks to get axles to swap into a K5. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    [/ QUOTE ] 1st choice K30 (1 ton) more affordable choice K20 (3/4 ton) Note; With the 3/4 ton you don't gain any strenght up front, but still a good upgrade in my honest opinion.
     
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    GMCLegacy 1/2 ton status

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    what size shoes do you plan on running?

    that makes the difference of upgarded to a 1 ton or 3/4 ton
     
  7. tunedportk5

    tunedportk5 1/2 ton status

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    right now have 35's in future maybe 36,37'or 38's
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Start looking for a D60 for the front and be prepared to spend $900.00-$1200.00 depending on whos deal you get. Oh, you might want to buy locally as the shipping would kill any deal on a D60 because of the weight..
     
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    You should be fine with 3/4 ton running gear and 35's to 38's. I've run 38's and 1/2 ton junk for a long time with minimal breakage. You will gain some strength up front with a 3/4 ton swap. The bearings and brakes are much larger than any 1/2 ton 10 bolt. The internals are the same however so there is no gain in that department.
     
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    Jays Beast 1/2 ton status

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    You will gain some strength up front with a 3/4 ton swap. The bearings and brakes are much larger than any 1/2 ton 10 bolt

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    Actually, the bearings are the same for 3/4 ton 10 bolt and 1/2 ton 10 bolt, only real strenght gain is in the 8 lug hub. Yes, the rotors are larger, but the calibers are the same so a little braking gain. Overall 3/4 ton and 1/2 ton 10 bolts are almost the same strength.

    As far what is the best donor truck I would agree with getting a M1008 truck. So you get a D60 in the front and a 14 bolt in the rear, should already have 4.56 gearing and a detroit locker in the rear. Actually the truck it self would make a great truggy. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    in order of my preference...

    1) mid 80s chevy 1 ton SRW truck
    2) military duece and a half
    3) unimog

    j
     
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    don't forget about Dodge Dana 60 front axles, at least the early ones before they went to drivers drop. I think the best are pre '86 or thereabouts. they are even 2" narrower than GM, so your tires will be closer to tracking! I got mine from a JY '78 W200 with the Sno-Fighter pkg for $150

    EDIT: the only downside to some are the external hubs, which preclude the use of 35 spline stubs unless you upgrade to GM outers, and also are hard to find hubs for. The only ones I've found so far for mine are MileMarker Selectro Classic brand hubs.
     
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    the dodges have dana 70 in the rear I think is tha over kill
     

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