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can you go from a 10 bolt and a ten bolt to a dana 44 and 12 bolt?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 87sm465np208, Oct 28, 2002.

  1. 87sm465np208

    87sm465np208 1/2 ton status

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    i have an opperatuneity to get a pair of axles from an old pal, a dana 44 and a 12 bolt, can i do this swap fairly easily or is it gunna be a real bitch?
     
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    <font color="green"> Easy to do, everything should bolt in with minimal hassle. </font color>
     
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    yeah, what shaggy said, very easy swap and a slight upgrade in strenght, plus by swapping both, you don't have to make sure the ratio of rear end you were looking for matches the front, assuming the 44/12 are a matched combo /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    yea you know me im all about the strenght /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif, just kidd'n, yea id like to upgrade for strength, and me and my dad are gunna go over and look them over tonighht, i will post the results when i get back. they came off a 79 /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif.
     
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    gm started the transition to the 10 bolt a couple of years before 79, so it is possible that it may not have a 44 but a 10 bolt, but then again anything is possible as we swap stuff around all the time, just make sure the ratio's match /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    hmm intreging well we will find out tonight.
     
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    <font color="green"> 79 is still in the range where you'll find 44s, 10 bolts were a little more common by then, but there are still alot of 79s out there that got the 44. </font color>
     
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    might be good if its a 10 bolt, i havent seen the axles yet, a dana 44 is suposed to be stronger isnt it?, and its 5:35 and my pop gets home useually around 8pm, like that ketchup commercial says Anticipation....... is making me late.....
     
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    Of is it constapation is making me wait ??? LOL.
     
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    hahaa NO!, now if i am to do this swap with the rear end, can i take the yoke off my 10 bolt and put it on the 12 bolt? to make it easier? or does anyone know the part number for the hybrid u-joint? and is the front drive shaft u-joint that mates to the front diff, is it gunna be differnt from a 10 bolt to a dana 44?
     
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    I don't think the yokes will swap between a 10-bolt and a 12-bolt, but the crossover u-joints aren't hard to find. What ratio are the new axles? Gonna get something lower than those 3.08's? /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    you can do this swap easily, but is it worth it? if your running small tires the axles you have should be fine. I have 36" swampers which is a pretty small tire, and I've broke 3 twelve bolts in a course of two months. if I was going through the hassle of swapping out axles i would look into a 14 bolt, which currently is what I'm doing myself, also from my understanding a 10 bolt is almost equal in stregth to a 44, except the housing tubes are a thinner wall, but me personally I would take that 44 over the 10 bolt, but if your not breaking the ten bolt wait and save up for a 60, what ever you do make sure your ratios match. good luck on the build!
     
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    oh yeah, I forgot to ask about the 465 and 208 combo, never seen it, did you do that or is that factory?
     
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    factory, the previous owner of my truck ordered the truck like that, go figure, i like it tho. turns out i cant use either axle, the 12 bolt is in fairly decent shape, its just the gears are wrong, and the front is a 10 bolt and the same ratio as mine, except it worse condition /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif, now i gotta go to a salvage yard again and look around, oh this is so much fun i think im gunna SCREAM /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     

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