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snipingwapiti
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8/22/2011
11:21:15

Subject: Rear axle swap
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I have a 1997 dodge dakota sport with a 318. I was wanting to find out if a 2005 rear axle would fit under it. I want to replace my rear axle and if I am going to do it I might as well get one with disk brakes.
If it does fit will I have to change the master cylinder also?



daddio
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8/22/2011
13:33:12

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Why don't you use an axle from an '03? I should be a direct swap and will have disc brakes as well.



Todd93/96Dak
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8/22/2011
17:44:21

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It won't be an exact swap. I just did a 2002 9.25" into my '96. Spring perches line up perfectly, but had to shorten the drive-shaft by 2". Not to mention I have to rewire the ABS speed sensor on the axle. That was nothing compared to having to find the drive-shaft flange and the proper U-joint to match.
If you need some more info, please ask away.
Todd



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8/23/2011
08:41:37

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Todd,did you go from 8.25 to 9.25?



Todd93/96Dak
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8/23/2011
14:27:03

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Yessir. 9.25 with 3.55 and lsd.



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8/23/2011
14:47:17

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a direct swap would be from a 03 to a 97
96s are different

1990 sport RC SB, 1995 318drivetrain, 3.92 gears (came with truck) Powertrax "traction system", 95 dash/steering wheel, hearthrob exhaust, headers, cutout after y-pipe, necessary electric fan add-a-leafs, 30x9.5 mud tires, cranked T-bars, AR 39 15x8 rims, grill guard, roll bars

daddio
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8/23/2011
17:13:12

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I'm sure going from 8.25" to 9.25" would also require a couple of modifications.



Todd93/96Dak
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8/23/2011
17:53:46

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That 9.25" is heavier too. About 75lbs I think. The 8.25" I could carry myself, but not the 9.25" Also the 9.25" has 11" drums vs 9".



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8/23/2011
19:11:06

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My 8.25" has 11" drums. But mine is a QC. 11" drums were std equipment on it.



snipingwapiti
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8/24/2011
09:15:34

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That's my main goal to go from a 8.25 to a 9.25. But I don't
think I want to hassle with shorting the drive line. Would I
have to do that on a 97? Thanks for the help



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