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dana 44 1/2 to 3/4

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JunkYardCrawler, Sep 22, 2000.

  1. JunkYardCrawler

    JunkYardCrawler 1/2 ton status

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    can a dana 44 1/2 ton be turned into a 3/4 ton? and is that a good front end to run with a 14 bolt FF in the rear?

    From the Grave to eat the Jeeps
     
  2. Chris Demartini

    Chris Demartini 1/2 ton status

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    <font color=blue>That is a good axle combo. I have both of those sitting im my driveway waiting for the TSM brake stuff to get here so i can get started putting them in my truck. The only difference in the 1/2 and 3/4 44s is the brake backing plates, hubs, and rotors. Heres a link to a post on ORC where someone is selling the backing plates cheap http://bbs.off-road.com/wwwthreads//showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=offroadforsaleother&Number=219476&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5. </font color=blue>

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  3. JunkYardCrawler

    JunkYardCrawler 1/2 ton status

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    its basicly the brakes and the hubs? thats the differance? its not the ring and pinion or the axel shatfts?
    and is it better than running a dana 60 up front?

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  4. Chris Demartini

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    <font color=blue>Yes, the only difference is the brakes and 8 lug hubs. A dana 60 is way stronger then a dana 44 but they're expensive, heavy, and take up a lot of clearance.</font color=blue>

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  5. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Most Dana44 R&Ps are the same as long as they are in the same carrier range. Exceptions are (Ford front) reverse rotation units and (Jeep & Isuzu rear) aluminum center units. All GM carriers are the same within each range. The only real differance is early K5s and 1/2 ton trucks used a smaller u-joint. After about 74 K5s, 1/2 tons, and 3/4 tons all used the same u-joint. It is also the same one used in the front 10 Bolt.
    Jim '80 GMC.

    It's a Wheelbase thing, You're Jeep wouldn't understand!
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  6. TX Mudder

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    He's right about the only diff between a d44 1/2 and 3/4 is the backing plate, spindle, and brake stuff.
    I've heard the corp10 bolt is the same as a d44 from the knuckle out. Anyone done this?
    -- Mike
     
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    Depdog 1/2 ton status Author

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    Did you get your rear Detroit BigJBear?

    I sent you an email about Currie, was wondering if you got your Detroit and got it installed for the Dixie Run?

    Depdog

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