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Bluedak
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1/06/2003
20:20:10

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I am thinking about going to a solid axle and was wondering if you had to change the rear axle as well when you put the new one in? Any help would be great

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1/06/2003
23:53:41

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You don't have to although depending on what axle you use the lug pattern and possibly gear ratios won't be the same. The front might also be stronger than the rear.



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1/07/2003
17:34:50

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The width on the new axle may be wider than the your rear axle. Our trucks are mid size which means not to much fits. If you get it rebuilt you could have it cut down to size for even more $. Or just slap the matching rear axle from the donar vehicle under your truck so that it will be wider. Wider is better, except in the rain (spray).

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1/07/2003
18:08:13

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What about the speed sensor in the rear diff? What would you use to still have your speedo work?


'99 White CC SLT 5.2L V8 4x4 Auto 9" Lift 35x12.5x15 ProComp Xterrains....plus more.

bluedak
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1/09/2003
16:15:01

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What are the axles that are used the most for Dakota axle swaps?

Sean



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1/09/2003
17:27:32

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Ford 9 in. rear and a DANA 44 (or 60) up front. They are almost the same width as the Dakotas.

Oh yea, these are commonly found on early model Broncos. You will have the same choice of gear ratios and the same bolt pattern with these axles.

One more thing , the front end should be a reverse rotation , high pinion axle. It allows the driveshaft to be higher up coming into it and the gears will be pulling instead of pushing.


Just my 2cents. I did alot of investigating for my previous 99 Dak.



tj
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1/09/2003
18:54:11

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i've stared buy all the pices that i need to convert my 92 4X4. hope to have it all done by the end of June can't start untill may. i think about 3 week working everyday. yep taking holidays to lock my self in the graege. should be fun can't wait to see what it will look like, all ready have a 3" body lift should get about 6" from the swap. hope to have 35" tires. later



Keith
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1/24/2003
22:30:15

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need a reverse rotation high pinion angle front dana 44 with the pinion on the rh side of the truck have 5.2 and trans transfer case out of 85 truck installed been to the dunes at silver lake mi. last year worked great but getting air was pretty scary cause of the front driveshaft does anyone know what trucks came with this front axle ???? thank



Keith
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1/24/2003
22:36:12

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also i had 35 s and nev er hit with this axle i hope to clear 37 boggers it has a 76 front end and leaf springs 79 both out of ramchargers and tires don t stick out bad at all may be i can get some pics on here soon



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