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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Want to convert my waggy 44 to 5x5.5
I understand that I can buy some chevy spindles and ford hubs and brakes but I am also told I can just bolt on complete all ford knuckle assemblies using waggy shafts Pretty sure gonig this way will be cheaper.

1: Will this work?
2: Are ford D44 knuckles setup for over the knuckle steering like the waggy
3: Any drawbacks to the ford kuckles brakes, hubs etc.
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The Jeep/Chevy stub shafts are different than trhe Ford even though they are the same spline count and joint size. Fords only have one snap-ring groove. Jeep/Chevy have two.

Yes, you can swap over the Ford outers. However, fewer Ford knuckles are suitable for flat-top machining. F-250 knuckles are good to go from the factory with only the passenger side needing to be machined, but you cannot put 1/2-ton (5x5.5") parts on them.

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What I did was used chevy flat top knuckles with small bearing spindles and chevy stub shafts and calipers/brackets, then I went to auto zone and got the $40 f-150 hub and rotor combo and put that on the small bearing spindles. It widened the axle 3/4" per side but everything worked out well.
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Its the small bearing spindles that concern me, they are pricey new and from what I understand a bit hard to find, thus why I want to just run all ford stuff. I am not going to go with high steer so I like the over the knuckle setup of the waggy, I just don't know if any 5x5.5 fords were the same.
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What I did was used chevy flat top knuckles with small bearing spindles and chevy stub shafts and calipers/brackets, then I went to auto zone and got the $40 f-150 hub and rotor combo and put that on the small bearing spindles. It widened the axle 3/4" per side but everything worked out well.
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That's exactly what what I did.
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Its the small bearing spindles that concern me, they are pricey new and from what I understand a bit hard to find, thus why I want to just run all ford stuff. I am not going to go with high steer so I like the over the knuckle setup of the waggy, I just don't know if any 5x5.5 fords were the same.
Ive got some small bearing spindles for sale.
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Its the small bearing spindles that concern me, they are pricey new and from what I understand a bit hard to find, thus why I want to just run all ford stuff. I am not going to go with high steer so I like the over the knuckle setup of the waggy, I just don't know if any 5x5.5 fords were the same.
Chevy small bearing spindles aren't hard to find, any chevy 10 bolt front spindles will work as well
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I think the easyest thing to do is just swap ford knuckles out. Ford stubs,knuckles,spindles,caliper bracket,hub and rotor. Im not sure how the waggy steering is but Ford is knuckle over and you can ream them for knuckle under.
Im going 8 lug on my d44 pretty soon I have everything just gotta do it.So if your looking I will have every thing you need if interested PM me. I think the ford brakes may be a little smaller than the chevy stuff but I have no problems stopping my 5000# Bronco.
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