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Help Me decide....

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5freak44, May 17, 2005.

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  1. Trash the 10 bolt you have now and find a cheap 44 to repplace it with

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  2. get 8 lug, hubs, backingplates ect.... and get a new tie rod/ends

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  1. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    Ok,

    soon my 14bff rear is going in so the front will need to be upgraded to something 8 lug.

    dana 60 is out. i dont wheel hard enough to need the strenght, and i dont have the money to get and rebuild one.

    right now i have a 77' yearmodel 10 bolt up front. It has the tierod that goes all the way across and the stabelizer bolts thru it. some one told me i have "the poor mans crossover".
    anyway,

    my balljoints are a year old and the tierod needs to be replaced.

    what would i be better off doing?
     
  2. jekbrown

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    or the rear to six...

    okkie dokkie...

    they used 10 bolts back in '77? wow, learn something new every day.

    On straight axle rigs, the tie rod is supposed to go "all the way across"... the question is, does your drag link go all the way across also? That is the definition of crossover... 'poor' or not.

    depends.

    1) if you want to regear anyway, you might consider selling the front axle you have now and buying a used 3/4 ton front end. It'll have the gears you want and the lug count you want.

    2) if you don't want to mess with the axle you have now, you might consider 8-to-6 lug conversion/spacers for your rear axle. Then you wouldn't need to buy new rims.

    3) if you have the gears you want, want to run 8 lug rims (read: already have them) and don't mind swapping outters, then buy some parts used and charge on with an 8-lug conversion of your current front axle.

    j
     
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    Silver84k5 1/2 ton status

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    i dont see whats crossover about.. its not a poors mans anything. its front to back steering...
     
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    According to the CK5 spec page, 10 bolts were on some Blazers in 1977.
     
  5. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    the poormans crossover is what some weird guy that i bought my 14bff from, i hadant heard it before so i dunno...

    I look in LMC and see that my axle has the same tierod as the 77 range, why i dunno?

    Im just trying to find a cheaperway out to getting 8 lugs up front.

    thanks for the replys

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    111draglink.jpg
     
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    ok well I will give you my .02.
    I would just get the spacers since you want to keep the chrome wheels. Buy a 8 lug conversion and new wheels is going to be over $300, the spacers are alot cheaper then that and alot easier to put on. Another good thing about the spacers is it will widen the rear to match the width of the truck.

    As for your tie rod, it looks just like mine on the drivers side and mine is a 85'. There is no such thing as poor mans crossover so go slap that guy in the face.
     
  7. k5freak44

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    100 for adapters and then i would have to get my wheels machined.

    vs


    300 for new wheels
    200 to convert front to 8 lug
    then i could get atleast 150-200 for my 15x10 6on 6.5 chrome wheels.

    so about 300 vs 100+ to get 8 lugs instead of 6 and machined wheels.

    is that worth it?

    i have decided to not just get a 8 lug front, but to work with what i have.

    i cant wait to get this 14bff in. :)

    thanks for the help guys
     

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