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Old October 3rd, 2006, 09:10 AM   #21
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If I'm not in Chicago I would like to offer my help on this project. I think your only an hour north or me. It would be fun to lend a hand and pick your brain on your vast ZJ knowledge. I don't really have much to offer knowledge wise on this project but I will work hard to make up for it.
Well thanks for hte offer but this project will be 2 % work , 98 % head scratching .

PP my issues with spacers is strenght . This may be some of my old school thinking but back in the day they were well known for breaking .
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 09:49 AM   #22
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These days, the spacers aren't what break usually. The most common spacer failure is the inner lug nuts loosening up.

Most spacers on the market are aluminum. Aluminum expands about twice as much due to heating as steel, and there is a lot of thermal cycling from the heat from the brakes.

So, once the spacers are tightened down, especially when they are new, then you drive, the aluminum expands, stretches the studs, then contracts, and there's some looseness in the nuts then.

Mainly, you just need to check them more often for tightness, especially the first hundred miles. I checked at 20, 50, and 100 miles, all were tight on my toyota. I use 1.5" spacers up front, to match my wider rear axle. Going to widen my front axle, though, and get rid of the spacers.

I'd think making your rear axle 5 on 5.5" would be best.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 11:59 AM   #23
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The dodge outers in 5 on 4.5 are unit bearings.

I have the Dana parts book ( X510-5DSD ) for 79 - 93 Dodge front & rear axles parts and it shows that the front wheel bearings are not unit bearings, they are what they call live spindle. You can grease and rebuild the bearings without replacing the whole assy. The down fall of the unit bearings is that they are non-servicable, right?
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Old October 9th, 2006, 12:54 PM   #24
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The down fall of the unit bearings is that they are non-servicable, right?
It can be done. The problem is getting the parts and then having the required tools, making it extremely impractical.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 12:58 PM   #25
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Iv purchased a set of spacers from Koz , going to stick to building the HP ford housing .

Ill need new wheels when i switch every thing over but im not running high buck wheels any way , Simple steel wheels .
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good luck on the swap, im also thinking about swaping a d44 for my front

pics would be great
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just remembered.... the hole in a 5 on 5.5" wheel will clear a dana 60 hub, i think its entirely possible to redrill a 5 lug hub to a 4.5" pattern..... this is of course without looking at the numbers.

marv, how big is the center hole in the 5 on 4.5" wheels... ill go look tonight to see if its actually do-able
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just remembered.... the hole in a 5 on 5.5" wheel will clear a dana 60 hub, i think its entirely possible to redrill a 5 lug hub to a 4.5" pattern..... this is of course without looking at the numbers.

marv, how big is the center hole in the 5 on 4.5" wheels... ill go look tonight to see if its actually do-able
Sorry i had not seen this post before . I have spacers for the rear 8.8 and 5 on 5.5 wheels set to go at tis point .
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probably easier that way... no custom wheels
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Here's your front knuckle/outer setup. This guy is local to me and I have done business with him before.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/DANA-...spagenameZWDVW
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Old November 10th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #31
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Thanks pp , i all ready have every thing i think . Still not sure where im going with the stearing but ill figure it out . seems theres a lot of options .
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