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Eight-lug conversion backing plate

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SUB-ZERO, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. SUB-ZERO

    SUB-ZERO 1/2 ton status

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    I have read all(at least most of) the threads about the eight-lug conversion for the front 10-bolts.I can see where anyone has mentioned where to find the backing plate other than the junk-yard.Around here the yards want you to buy the whole axle.Has anyone done this conversion..and where did you get your parts?Thanks.
     
  2. MattK

    MattK 1/2 ton status

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    i found my 8 lug parts from a seller on pirate4x4.com. shoot a pm to big mudder on there. i think he has several sets of 8 lug parts. all you need are the hub/rotor assembly and backing plates.

    dont forget to buy new bearings/races. while i had all this stuff pulled off i found it to be a perfect time to replace the balljoints and axle u-joints. it cost more money than i had planned when i started the project, but i drive a safer, more reliable truck.
     
  3. SUB-ZERO

    SUB-ZERO 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks I'll get up with him right away.
     
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    stockk5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    not to highjack but you dont need to replace the spindles like the article on here says? I wanna make my 10bolt an 8lug as well, but am having a hard time trying to figure out what exactly i need cuz i hear different stories from different people
     
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    If you currently have a 6-lug 10-bolt, you can get the parts off of an 8-lug 10-bolt and will NOT need spindles.
     
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    The reason the article says to change the spindles is because they are doing the swap on a dana 44 which had two different spindle sizes between 6 and 8 lug. The 10-bolt is identical between 6 and 8 lug with the exception of the hubs, rotors, and backingplates. Maybe calipers but I am pretty sure your 1/2 ton calipers will work.
     
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    I have been considering fabbing these parts. They aren't that hard to make, but is there a market for the effort? :dunno: :thinking:

    AFA as spindles go, if you have the large bearing D44 spindles, you can use them. If not, you'll need to go with a set of 10B spindles. They can be from an 8 lug or 6 lug 10B. They are the same. Also, your brake caliper/pads will swap over.
     

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