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locking hubs on an older D44

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 87superblaze, Feb 12, 2002.

  1. 87superblaze

    87superblaze 1/2 ton status

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    I need help. I just converted to a D44 front and 14 bolt FF rear. I want locking hubs on the front but it is much shorter than the 1/2 ton 10 bolt. There is a cap on the end of the hub. It looks sort of like a 2wd front hub. There are 6 large bolts holding a plate to the end of it.

    Any Ideas? I believe it is from a 1974 truck. Just guessing based on the serial #'s

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  2. donimator

    donimator 1/2 ton status

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    You have external hubs. Look at my pics and you can see what kind of locking hub you need.
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  3. 87superblaze

    87superblaze 1/2 ton status

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    Hey thanks man! I never saw that type of hub before. Do I need to buy a conversion kit with the hubs or should everything be included?


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  4. Thunder

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    From your description..............
    It sounds like you have an older D44 3/4 ton HD external type hub.
    Suprerwinch makes hubs for them.
    You can get them from Blazer pics

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  5. HarryH3

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    That axle sounds like it's from a full time 4WD application. Installling the new locking hubs is pretty easy. But save those flanges that attach the axle to the wheel hub now. They're good to carry with you, just in case you explode a locking hub out in the boonies somewhere. You can just bolt one of the flanges back in place and be on your way. [​IMG]

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  6. donimator

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    the hubs just bolt right on without any mods.

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  7. SWAMPRNR

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    How strong are externel hubs compared to the internal ones ?

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    As long as the bolts stay tight you should have no problems.
    I have locking tabs on mine, I finaly blew a joint but the hub is good to go.


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  9. Kyle89K5

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    I've got the same thing you do. I use the flanges most of the time, but lately I've been running my Warns. Just kinda depends on what kinda mood I'm in and whether or not I want to mess with them. Watson at ORD got me the hubs. There aint nothing trick about em, just bolt em on and go.

    Like I said, and someone mentioned before, keep the flanges, they are good backups or unbreakable replacements.

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