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Dana 44 and Corp 10 bolt ...... parts interchangable?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Stoopalini, Feb 19, 2001.

  1. Stoopalini

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    There is a Dana 44 for sale in the 4-Sale forum but it's only the carrier, gears, and tubes.

    Does anyone know if my 10 bolt axle shafts, rotors, hubs, backing plates, etc .... will bolt up to the D44?

    Thanks,

    Thomas.

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  2. Executioner

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    What do you mean by interchangable ?
    The axles shafts are a no go the splines are not the same.
    The rotors are the same p/n for 73-91.
    The hubs may work if the same bearing are used.
    Backing plates may also work , but not to the strick difinition of interchan......
    Good luck
     
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    The shafts will not work, from the knuckles out you can swap your 10 bolt stuff and it will work.

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  4. Stoopalini

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    Cool!

    Thanks for the info guys. Any idea on how much a couple of D44 axle shafts would run? I've been searching for a D44 or D60 for so long, I'm about ready to start buying pieces so I can build one [​IMG]

    Thomas.

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    your not really gaining anything with a D44 over a 10 bolt front. they are rated the same and infact both were built by Dana, hence the interchangablility of so many parts. If you buying the D44 just to say you have a D44 save your money for a D60 if your being rough enough on it to be breaking parts.

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  6. Stoopalini

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    Hey Grim,

    I would never buy something just to say I have it. I'm considering the D44 because I just completed a 14B FF swap that has 4.10 gears and I need something to match the front.

    I have priced out D44's and D60's and haven't found one in my price range yet. The shell that is for sale is just the carrier, 4.10 gears, and axle tubes -- so this is why I wanted to know how many parts are interchangable.
    I even thought about getting my current 10 bolt regeared to 4.10, but that alone runs $600 ...... and after the $3k I just dumped into this beast, I just can't afford that right now.

    Thanks anyway,

    Thomas.

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    Yeah if your getting it cheap thats the way to go. If you can't set the gears yourself your looking $300 plus to convert yours so if your getting the axle for $200 that's cheap.

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  8. 6.2Blazer

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    I have to disagree that the 10-bolt corporate was built by Dana. I have worked with several groups from Dana ranging from the engineering group to retired factory workers, and they have all said that they have never heard of Dana making this axle. It also just doesn't make much sense, if Dana already had factorys set up with the tooling to build the 44 why spend millions of dollars to rework the factory to produce the 10-bolt which is basically an equal axle? It doesn't make sense for either Dana or GM to go this route. Also, if Dana did build the 10-bolt fronts, then they would also build the rear 10-bolts, right? The 10-bolts rear are in production and I'm pretty sure Dana is supplying GM with them.
    Now there is a chance that Dana supplied some components such as the spindles, hubs, etc...basically the interchangeable parts between the 10-bolt and the 44 but that is just a guess.
    Another thing to check it is whether 10-bolt replacement parts are available as genuine Dana/Spicer parts, my guess is they are not.

    Anyway, back on the originally topic. The inner axle shafts will not interchange, however the outer stub shafts are the same. Basically all you would need is the inner shafts. Several of the junk yards in my area carry these in stock and seem to range from $25 per shaft up to $50 per shaft.
     

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