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Old October 2nd, 2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default Front axle on Ram

Hey guys just wondering what your input is on this. I got a 96 Ram 1500(Coil spring setup) lookin to put something stronger up front, or at least go 8 lug since i am goin 8 lug rear. I was wondering whats the best way to go. Now if I got a Dodge 3/4 or 1 ton front are my control arms gonna bolt up? Driveshaft, etc? What other fab work will have to be done and is there anyone who has already done this on a Ram whats the best way to go? Also thinkin about old ford or dodge D60 up front but seems like a ton of work to swap all of the mounts over and prolly have lots of other issues. Any input is appreciated
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 10:21 PM   #2
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Strongest setup would be the Ford high-pinion D60. This would also allow you to avoid unit bearings, not have a center-axle disconnect, and also run lockouts, but you will have to fab all the mounts & brackets. Most compatible setup would be a Ram low-pinion D60 (bolt in). 1999-up have the better brake setup. 98-down has the rotor pressed on the hub. The later ones have the removeable rotor. The 8800lb front D60 found in 2500's is the same as a 3500 front, but without the dually crap. That's the one you want if you want to bolt it in.

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I think I may just know someone who has some new 1 tons for sale. Now who was that again?
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Haha yeahh I've been dreamin about those for a few weeks but they are a lil to costly for me ..... but maybe if you give me an appealing price on that front axle maybe we could make a deal.
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pp, my dads 99 has the pressed style rotors, maybe it was later that they switched? yea, the late 80's ford high pinion D-60 is your best bet. not cheap though. dodge didnt have the diff on the drivers side till 94, when they went to the unit bearing/disconnect style, so you wont find one from a dodge that will work, unless you accept the unitbearing/disconnect.
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