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IFS to solid axle swap

Discussion in '1992-Present Chevy & GMC models' started by jbissette, Aug 8, 2001.

  1. jbissette

    jbissette 1/2 ton status

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    Does anybody have any information on swapping out the IFS on a 1988 chevy. I am thinking that I would like to put a solid axle under the front to gain some suspension travle and strength.
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    They even have bolt on kits for this nowadays. I haven't ever done it but many people have.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  3. ScoobyDann

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    call Offroad Unlimited. I've heard the're cocky so be forewarned but the do have the kit

    sun desert offroad http://community.webshots.com/user/scoobydann
     
  4. AJMBLAZER

    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    Check out the fullsize forum on <a target="_blank" href=http://www.Off-Road.com/Chevy>www.Off-Road.com/Chevy</a>. Couple of guys running around there who have done this, and lots of us who are planning it, myself included.

    1992 Blazer Sport, 350/4L60, Flowmaster, K&N, MSD stuff, 2" Rancho[​IMG], 285/75R16 AT's[​IMG]
     
  5. lt1yj

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    A buddy of mine did one about 5 years ago using a Dana 60 from a '79 Ford. He used rear leaf spring hangers and shackles from a chevy truck for the rear and fabricated bolt on brackets for the front. The rear hangars go inside the frame rails and are attached with 5 bolts per side. He removed the lower control arm brackets and the bump stops to get everything to clear.

    He ran 39.5 swampers w/ a 6" softride lift from a mid '80s truck for the front and a 6" lift from an '88 for the rear. He's running 44 boggers now and had to move the axle forward 2" to get the tires to fit without hitting the floor of the cab. The tires just barely clear the turn signals on the inside at full steer and full stuff.

    The reason he used a '79 Ford Dana 60 is that it has the narrow spring perches (31.5" center to center) and that happens to fit well with the Chevy frame.

    Good Luck! I hope to start the same thing on my '92 Blazer early next year!
     
  6. solowookie

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    wow guys... I'd like to actually go the other direction on my k5. I'd love to change my on-road k5 over to IFS. (I know you guys are thinking I'm sick)

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Jeffs-Stuff>link to k5's</a>
     
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    If you need the parts, I have a rolling chassis from an '89 Xcab. I have the entire frame, suspension, front and rear axles. Make an offer!
     
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    i did this to my 95 and love it. what kind of info do you want?

    95 with no IFS
     
  9. fad2blk99

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    ORD also makes a complete solid axle swap for the newer Chevys. You'll need the axle though.

    <font color=black> -Tommy
    <font color=red>"To secure peace is to prepare for war..."
     
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    95GMCD6014 Registered Member

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    you mean ORU not ORD

    95 with no IFS
     

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