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Old January 22nd, 2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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I started with a dana 44 1/2 ton bronco axle which had a bent housing. I bought a 3/4 ton housing from an f250 and put the 1/2 ton caliper brackets on it. The 1/2 ton caliper brackets looked correct on the 3/4 ton setup, but when i tried to put the 1/2 ton calipers on, they just hit the knuckle and just dont sit right.

1) Is there any way to make this work?
2) If i go to the 3/4 ton brake setup, can I still use my 15" rims?
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I ran into the same problems as you and even tried to grind down the calipers. If there was a way to make it work, I never found it. I just decided to run the 3/4 ton brake setup and at least you get the dual piston style caliper. I believe you can grind the calipers down to run a smaller size wheel, but if you can't/don't the smallest size is 16.5" I believe.
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I ran into the same problems as you and even tried to grind down the calipers. If there was a way to make it work, I never found it. I just decided to run the 3/4 ton brake setup and at least you get the dual piston style caliper. I believe you can grind the calipers down to run a smaller size wheel, but if you can't/don't the smallest size is 16.5" I believe.
well that sucks... sounds like im gonna have to find new rims and tires..
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 01:23 PM   #4
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I'm thinking if i get some chevy 1/2 ton knuckles (flat top), and spindles, i could use my 1/2 ton ford brake setup. The chevy knuckles are small and theirs a radius for a caliper to fit on it. And i would still be able to use my high steer.
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I'm thinking if i get some chevy 1/2 ton knuckles (flat top), and spindles, i could use my 1/2 ton ford brake setup. The chevy knuckles are small and theirs a radius for a caliper to fit on it. And i would still be able to use my high steer.
Oh yeah, I forgot about the option of using Chevy stuff. I decided against that as it was easier to run all Ford stuff.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 12:24 PM   #6
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well i solved the issue, it was nothing some grinding couldnt fix. ground on both the caliper and the knuckle and it worked out.
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