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Dodge front axles.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by POWERMAD, Aug 12, 2001.

  1. POWERMAD

    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    This month seems to be my lucky month. The place where I got that 14FF from has an old Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4.
    It has a D44 front that is full time. No hub sticking out just a big nut. The truck is a 77 or 78.
    What would it take to swap it over to part time.
    And will a D44 from a Doge bolt up to a GM. From what I can see it looks the same except for that full time hub.
    I can get the front and the D60 Full floater rear for $200.


    my truck's not dirty, it's earth tone paint
     
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    <font color=blue>The Dodge spring pads are a little closer together than on the chevys so you would have to torch off the drivers side perch and move it. </font color=blue>
     
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    Wouldn't moving only one perch make the axle off set?

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    <font color=blue>You're only moving it 1/2" or less I think. It would be easier just to get a chevy front.</font color=blue>
     
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    If I could find a GM front axle for that price I would be all over it. Swapping the hubs around might get spendy though. I'll have to look into it some more.

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    my dodge d60 is narrower then a chev by a fair bit as well.
    i wouldnt convert the dodge again
     
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    Do ya mean that the overall axle width was narrower or the spring perches are narrower.

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    overall axle width AND spring perches
     
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    Thanx fer the info.
    It is starting to sound like this is gonna be a bigger PITA than it is worth.
    Hopefuly I can find a front axle that someone doesn't think is Gold plated.

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    with wide tires it means less fender flare required
     
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    That axle is a semi floater, it would take a lot to get it converted, my guess would be a knuckles-out swap. Basically, stay away from it.

    The rear is most likely a 30 spline, which is not much of an improvement over the 12 bolt as far as the shaft dia. If you need a budget rear end, find a 14 bolt. If you do find a 35 spline Dodge rear end, the spring perches are close enough to make it work. I had a buddy that put a 14 in a '77 Dodge.

    Pete

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    Ugh way to much to swap it.
    I have a 14FF 4:10 I just need a front axle to match.
    And the guy won't sell just the front axle he is selling them as a pair.
    The search continues.


    my truck's not dirty, it's earth tone paint
     

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