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Crossover steering for D44 Question

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by Ddragggon, Oct 16, 2001.

  1. Ddragggon

    Ddragggon 1/2 ton status

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    I read the crossover steering guide for the D60, and that sounds incredibly easy to do. is the crossover steering setup for a D44 as easy? or are there several dozen other parts that need to be taken into account when trying to do this? ( for that matter, have you guys finished developing your crossover steering setup for the D44? ) I'm hoping to upgrade to a D60 at some point, but just incase that doesn;t happen, I figgure I ought to see what other options I have with my current D44 setup.

    thankyou in advance,

    -Rich
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    You have to have the right side nuckle milled flat, drilled, and tapped to have someplace to bolt the steering are to. Other than that I think it is a bolt on (unless your crossmember is in the way).

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    You need to find a flat top knuckle to have milled...not all D44 knuckles are flat tops.

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    so what you're saying is the path of least resistance is to just buy a D60, and get it over with... :-P

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    Not really, although a D60 is on most peoples wish list...[​IMG]
    The flat top passenger knuckles aren't rare, just a little tough to find. I believe 'Parts Mike' has them. I've also seen them sell for about $75 to $100...

    I just wanted you to know that not all D44 knuckles are able to be used for a cross-over conversion. I have a D44 front in my 81 Jimmy, needless to say it's not a flat-top which is why I haven't bothered going to cross-over yet.

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    I may have to look, and see if mine is constitutable as a `flat top'

    its prolly all slanted and rounded like the rest of them, but one never knows till one stares at it for a while.

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    im gathering the stuff for the crossover steering on my rig and came across flat top knuckle and it was on a dodge dana 44,it was mid 80s 8 lug with locking hubs .and it appears to be exactly like the chev knuckle.i found no difference.also im told one can use a f150 drop arm on the steering box and the chev tie rod goes rite in.i need to know where to get the passenger side steering arm and how much is it?i have everything else for the swap.thanks
     
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    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    The ford pitman arm won't work with the D44 crossover because the length is wrong.
    We have the steering arm, pitman arm and draglink, all together it's the same price as the D60 kit, $475. That's $185 for steering arm with new studs, cones and locknuts
    $70 for the pitman arm
    $225 for draglink and ends.

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