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Dana 60 knuckle swap

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by M-1028, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. M-1028

    M-1028 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys, just wondering if anyone has swaped the driver and passenger side knuckles to put the tie rod behind the axle. A friend of mine did it and it seems to work but I was wandering if there would be any ill effects in the long run. The only thing I see a problem with is the brake calipers face tward the front of the front of the axle instead of the factory location.
    any info will help, thanks
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    How did he do this and not have the tie rod hit the snout of the diff?
     
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    My tierod is behind the axle, but I didn't swap my knuckles... I just have reversed Hi-steer arms. I have never heard of swapping the knuckles, and if it works I would love to see pic's... because it sounds like somebody is pulling somebody elses wang...
     
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    I could see it working on a Ford axle, high pinion and lower tie rod points. Tie rod would still be quite low and vulnerable though.
     
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    And the calipers and lines would be all goofed up.
     
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    M-1028 1/2 ton status

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    I know it sounds stupid but like I said a buddy of mine did it and it SEEMS to work, the truck dose not see much street use. As for the tie rod he made it in several pieces to go around the housing, and yes the calipers look real funny the way face, but like I said it works and I was just working if it would wear anything out over time. Thanks
     
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    Say what !

    It aint April 1st,is it?
     
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    alright, I see no reason there would be any wear issues associated with this. Caster and Camber wouldn't be affected that I know of. Only thing I can think is maybe you would need to adjust your steering stops a little. I guess the axle tube would kind of protect the tie rod in this configuration. If you do it, post up with pictures.
     
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    This message is about my truck and I have done it and it seems to work. I have about 6000 miles on it and it all seems normal. I have no abnormal wear on any parts and it all bolted up. I am also running full hydro on it but as far as the bumpstops go that doesnt seem to be a problem either.
     
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    How is your tie rod made?? you say its in several pieces, it seems like it would have to be pretty beefy not to bend where each piece goes together.
     
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    My tie rod is made of 1 3/4 .250 DOM tubing with 3/4 heims at the ends with no problems
     
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    Why not just go behind the axle high steer and be done with it?
     
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    Is the tierod straight? Hi-steer? Any pictures?
     
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    it doesnt sound like the tie rod is straight since he said it was made out of pieces, I would imagine that it looks like a -u- so that it can go around the pinion. Not sure if I would want to have bends in my tie rod though.
     
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    if your running your crossober arm backwards this will screw your ackerman up. Even flipped it might...
     
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    Im not running crossover im running full hydro so the only thing that is affected is the tie rod location and no the tie rod is not straight it has a bend at the pinion
     
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    BAHAHAHAHA....

    The reason for moving it BEHIND the axle in the first place was to keep it from bending...and the first thing you had to do...WAS BEND IT!!

    Kinda defeats the purpose IMO.

    Rob
     
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    Easy there yield, no need to scare off a new poster.

    Moving it behind the axle does protect it, but the bend(s) is/are not ideal. Is it possible in your set-up to make one that is straight by moving it on the steering arms? Still on leaf springs, right?
     
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    Bringing this back up...

    It's 1.750" ODX.250" wall. That's cage material. It's not going anywhere, guys, unless he totally goofed his bends or something.
     
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    Holy crap, nobody should ever make their cage from 1/4" wall tubing.
     

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