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Internal hubs on an external hub spindle???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BamBamblazer, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. BamBamblazer

    BamBamblazer 1/2 ton status

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    Ok i have a d44 that has external hubs, so i pulled the hubs to switch to internal and the spindle looks the same? I slid the internal hub on the external spindle and it seems right? I had read somewhere that you can't do this. Am i missing something here or will the internal hubs work on an external spindle??????
     
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    You can, as long as you put a small bearing hub on your small bearing spindle. IE, the external lockouts on dana 44's were early '70's. These are also the spindles/flat top knuckles people search for to use ford 5 on 5.5 hubs with. Not sure if Chevy offered an 8 bolt hub with a small inner wheel bearing, you might have to see if a ford one will work assuming you're running 8 bolt. Otherwise, trade your small spindles to me for some big bearing spindles and be able to run later model internal 8 bolt hubs.
     
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    My understanding is that the spindles are the same. I have a friend that once told me he used a 6 lug 10 bolt spindle on a 8 lug (ext type) D44.
     
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    Well i guess it will work, i just ran (ok i walked) outside and tried to put the external hubs in the internal spindles and they slid right on. Now correct me if i am wrong but if one is smaller it will not fit on the larger spindle. So since they both slid on ok i guess i got lucky and they will work! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Here is a pic showing the smaller spindle vs. the bigger. The differences are obvious. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

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    [ QUOTE ]
    My understanding is that the spindles are the same. I have a friend that once told me he used a 6 lug 10 bolt spindle on a 8 lug (ext type) D44.

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    I did 4 years ago...
     

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