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just found a 3/4 front axle , will it fit ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by scrappyk5, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. scrappyk5

    scrappyk5 1/2 ton status

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    i found a 3/4 ton front on 75 k20 pick-up for $400.00.
    will it bolt up on my 84 k5 ?
    if soo , then good price right /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  2. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    It'll fit, but that price sure seems high for an axle that's nearly 30 years old. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif $200 is closer to what I'd pay for something like that.

    If you decide to use it, use the brake calipers from your current front axle. The banjo bolt on the Dana 44 caliper is different than the one used on the 10-bolt caliper. So just keep the 10-bolt calipers and it should be a quick and easy swap. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    btolenti 1/2 ton status

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    can you use a 1/2 ton 10 bolt caliper (6 lug, I assume) on a 3/4 ton Dana 44 (8 lug, I assume)?
     
  4. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Yep, I'm 99% sure that it will fit just fine. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  5. scrappyk5

    scrappyk5 1/2 ton status

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    so since this thing is a 3/4 ton dana 44 , does that
    make it stronger then my 10 bolt ?. cause the boneyard
    wants $400. the reason i ask is becouse another member here
    is offering me all the 6 to 8 lug conversion for $125.00
     
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    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    Strength wise they are pretty much equal, although the 10 bolt axle will have a bigger spindle and bearings than that year of D44, which will have external hubs as well.
    If you can get all the stuff to convert for $125 I would go that route. Salvage yards are usualy out of there minds.
    I paid $250 for my 76 4:10 D44.
     
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    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    What exactly are you looking for? I can get you a 3/4 ton axle a lot cheaper then that.
     
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    i want to change my front axle to 8 lug to match my
    8 lug 14bff i am installing. i need to know my options
    cheap as posssible but the best strength. i cant afford
    a dana60 , so i am looking at either the conversion or axle
    swap.
    if the dana 44 8 lug is just as strong as my 10 bolt , why swap the axle when i can just do the conversion right ?
    there is a member offering the 6 to 8 lug conversion to me
    but i need to make sure his stuff will fit my 1984 10bolt
    spindles.
     
  9. HarryH3

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    I converted the 1/2-ton 10-bolt on my '90 Sub to 3/4-ton. Just bolt on new brake backing plates and install the new rotors and you're good to go. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif $125 is a way better deal than $400, unless the $400 axle already has a gear ratio that matches the new rear end.
     

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