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How Strong is a Dana 44?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 77Blazer, Jan 29, 2002.

  1. 77Blazer

    77Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    Im going to be doing surgery on my truck... due to smog regulations my 77 was impounded anyway its out sitting in my drive way til I have money to buy a 73 (last year of smog exemption in CA) So im switchn the sm465 np205 and the 14bff... ok heres the question how much tire meat can a dana 44 hold up since thats what a 73 comes with??? my next tire will be the 37x13 bogger can it hold it???

    thanks in advance 77blazer

    350, sm465, NP205, 14ff w/detroit, yucky ten bolt 4" springs,38.5x14.5 swampers
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  2. Triaged

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    I think 37's is pushing your luck although I have yet to break anything (in the D44...I have destroied my 12B) with my 36's. It hasen't even been a year...so only time will tell.

    I hear ya about the smog thing...that is why I got a 1st Gen.
    What is wrong with your truck? Why won't it pass?

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  3. 77Blazer

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    no cats, headers, intake the usual plus in wuoldnt pass b4 that so who knows....

    350, sm465, NP205, 14ff w/detroit, yucky ten bolt 4" springs,38.5x14.5 swampers
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  4. mike reeh

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    this is highly illegal and I dont condone it but you could swap the vin tags and just call your '77 a '73.... unless you like the body &amp; etc of the 73 better..

    -anonymous :)
     
  5. mike reeh

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    anyways, axleshafts and ujoints are going to be your enemies.. the actual '44 should hold up fine especially if its in good shape. ORD sells some chrome moly axles that are pretty awesome. Just a thought

    mike
     
  6. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Hmmmmm, that's a tough one all right.

    I don't suppose you are willing to keep it "parked" for the next 5 years? The California Smog Law is supposed to enact a "30-Year Sliding Scale" for exemptions starting in 2004. Exempt vehicles would be like this:

    2004.......Anything '74 or earlier
    2005.......Anything '75 or earlier
    2006.......'76 and earlier
    2007.......'77 and earlier
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    And so on!! Not much comfort for you I'm sure, but eventually things will be a little easier here in CA.



    -Greg72

    '72 K5 Blazer - 427BB/TH350/NP205/6" Lift/35x12.50's
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