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Old December 28th, 2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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So i started this project a few months back. Building off from a 97 ecsb k1500. I am using a chevy 3/4 ton dana 44 and a 14 bolt ff rear. The front spring mounts are made out of 2x2x1/4 square steel, welded to the bottom of the frame rails and sky spring hangers welded to that totaling out at about 4 1/2 inches off from the bottom of the frame. Using 6" tuff country ez ride 47" front springs back to the shackles. Here i went a totally different route than i have seen anyone go. Instead of using shckle hangers you would find in all of the kits out there. I welded a crossmember in that is 2x4x1/4 steel and from there welded shackle hangers that would be used on the bottom of a frame rail and used 5" shackles. That got the d44 under the front. On the rear i cut off the stock perches, and am in the process of welding new anti-wrap perches on. For the lift i am using a shackle flip with blocks. That is where i started hitting snags. The shackle flip wasnt spaced away from the frame far enough. So i had to make spacers to get them off the frame to even out the rear spring width. So far that is where i am sitting due to lack of funds. These are the only pics i have right now. Sorry about having no pictures i will get on that the next time i make it over to the shop. Any problems or issues you guys have ran into or might see with mine let me know.
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Old December 28th, 2014, 10:57 AM   #2
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I will probably do this to my 00 when my front end gives up...

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Old December 28th, 2014, 04:20 PM   #3
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Obviously i have a ton of work to do, that will be done over time. But, this is whhat im thinking for the rest of the build. Angle shims up front to correct the driveline angle, steering i already have flat top knuckles so i have to get steering arms in order to run high steer i will get both. Try to save money buy making my own draglinks with chevy 1 ton tres. And superlift drop pitman arm. For the rear i am going to buy ubolts and 5 1/2" blocks hopefully that will level the rear out with the front. Disk brake brackets and breaks. As for driveshafts, i havnt figured out what i want to do here i have seen where people get high angle yokes and where people will just grind on the yokes they have, help in this area would greatly appreciated. And shocks i dont know what route im goin with those either. Other than that, it will come back apart to cut off all ifs bracketry and clean up the frame and axles. Rebuild the axles with 5:38 gears spool up front welded rear. then a quick spray down with some rattle can bed liner on the frame and axles back together and out in the mud.
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If i was you i would start gathering the parts now. I made the mistake of gathering as i build. It is killing me lol. Painfully slow this way.
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Just a suggestion, buy a dana 60. The 44's really are a waste of time and money. Also, do you realize how high that thing is going to be? If that's what you are going for then that's ok but you probably will get pulled over all the time if you are driving it on the road. I sas'ed mine and used stock springs and it's pretty tall. Other then that have fun with the swap. I love seeing thus style truck with solid axles.
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I know the 44s arent the greatest but, it came woth the 14 bolt and it will do untill i can afford a 60. And when i can it will be a direct bolt in so no big issues there. Amd yes i understand it will be tall that is kind of what im after. Want to clear 44s eventually one day down the line so i figured id build it big now and play in the mud till i can afford to have it the way i really want it.
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What are you doing with the transfer case? Putting an older chevy on it? Its driver side drop now isn't it?
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Yes. The np208 or the np241c i believe it is, the one from the early 90s suburbans or k5 blazers are both direct bolt in. The 208 however doesnt have the electric speedo if i remember right
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What are you doing with the transfer case? Putting an older chevy on it? Its driver side drop now isn't it?
He's passenger drop using Chevy axles. 241 p drop will be hard to find with a vss. They only made them for about 2 years. You would be better off using 52" springs from the rear of a k5 on the front. If you haven't seen my thread, check it out, it's not on leafs, but had some good info in it. Good luck, your truck is going to be huge!
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I am past the point of no return on using 52" rears. I know the 241 is goinv to be hard to find so i will mosf likely get a 208 from behind a 700r4 and get a vss to put in. They make i guess you can call them converters or what not. What is the name of your thread ill definately check it out.
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