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is there a differnece in disc and drum brakes d44 knuckles

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 4x4 Cowboy, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. 4x4 Cowboy

    4x4 Cowboy 1/2 ton status

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    is there a differnce in the way they look depending on what brakes you have
     
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    A friend of mine converted his drum brake front to disc, and he had to get a couple knuckles from me off a '74 D44 front with disc brakes. He said the backing plates wouldnt bolt up properly on the his old drum knuckles.

    I had a '67 D44 closed knuckle front with drum brakes, and that was completely different.
     
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    Heres a pic of the older Dana 44 with drum brakes.
     
  4. JIMs70K25

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    That's the closed knuckle variety which can not be converted to disc. A 1970 axle will have drums in front with open knuckles and can be converted to disc.
     
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    from what im told the knuckles with drum brakes have the bolt holes for the spindle indexed differently, causing the caliper to be rotated too much
     

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