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Kaderdak
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4/13/2005
18:33:17

Subject: Rear axle matches from what year???
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I found a great deal on an entire rear axle complete with 3.92's and a LSD..... which is exactly what I want. It is off a 2002 and I'm wondering if it will fit on my '97 without too much of a hassle, or even at all. Thanks.



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IntenseDak39
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4/13/2005
18:36:47

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it should fit with no problem..

only thing is that if you are going from an 8.25" rear to a 9.25", you'll need bigger u-bolts.



Kaderdak
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4/13/2005
21:27:04

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Actually it is the 8.25, it has the 10 bolt pattern on the diff cover.

From looking at the pic though it appears that it was from a 4x2, as the leafs were mounted on the underside of the axle. My truck, being a 4wd, they are located ontop of the axle. Can this easily be worked around? Any more help would be great. Thanks.





** '97 Dakota 5.2L 4x4 w/3.55(my best ebay purchase yet) **
** Homebrew CIA, Dynomax Catback, March Underdrive Pulleys, Transgo Kit **
** Borg Warner Brass Cap/Rotor to Taylor 8mm wires to NGK plugs **
** Homebrew dual electric fan setup with 180* thermostat **
** Sitting on BFG 31 x 10.50's **
** Tons more once I'm not a poor college student :) **

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4/13/2005
21:32:55

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Just make sure you change the front ratio to match that 3.92 in the rear



IntenseDak39
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4/13/2005
21:55:56

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/\ what he said... and ...

just buy new spring perches and have them welded on.

you can buy the perches at

www.summitracing.com
www.4wheelparts.com




Kaderdak
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4/13/2005
23:12:32

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Thanks fellas. Hopefully if I can find those spring perches it should mate up just fine.

I'm trying to do this whole process gradually. I'd just buy the ring and pinion for a 3.92 but the labor cost for installation is ridiculous, especially for doing both a front and rear differential. I figure I'm better off just buying the entire axle and just swapping it in myself. Now I just have to be patient for awhile and wait to find a good front diff with a 3.92 to swap in too :) (anyone got one sitting around let me know?)



** '97 Dakota 5.2L 4x4 w/3.55(my best ebay purchase yet) **
** Homebrew CIA, Dynomax Catback, March Underdrive Pulleys, Transgo Kit **
** Borg Warner Brass Cap/Rotor to Taylor 8mm wires to NGK plugs **
** Homebrew dual electric fan setup with 180* thermostat **
** Sitting on BFG 31 x 10.50's **
** Tons more once I'm not a poor college student :) **

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4/14/2005
10:49:38

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Is your rearend a 8.25? The rearend does not come with axels or brake hardware and I bet both of these are different between a 8.25 and 9.25 rearend. Things to check on; axel tube diameter, wheel bearing size, axels thickness, number of splines on axel.

If you have a 8.25 you should be OK, if you have the 9.25 better check it out.



Kaderdak
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4/14/2005
11:38:03

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Both my current axle and the one I'm looking at are 8.25, so hopefully everything should swap out nicely.

One more question however. The new axle I'm looking at has a 4 bolt flange and yoke setup at the differential, whereas my current driveshaft attaches with a u-joint and yoke. How easy would it be to swap the yoke out of my current differential into the new one, and would it even work at all?



** '97 Dakota 5.2L 4x4 w/3.55(my best ebay purchase yet) **
** Homebrew CIA, Dynomax Catback, March Underdrive Pulleys, Transgo Kit **
** Borg Warner Brass Cap/Rotor to Taylor 8mm wires to NGK plugs **
** Homebrew dual electric fan setup with 180* thermostat **
** Sitting on BFG 31 x 10.50's **
** Tons more once I'm not a poor college student :) **

IntenseDak39
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4/14/2005
14:18:33

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DSW,

they are the same... i've got a few friends here that have swapped from 8.25 to 9.25 and it's just a bolt in



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