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Old October 22nd, 2006, 09:03 PM   #1
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where is a good place to buy them already drilled. i have a flat top out of a 87 dodge d44 i was going to use on a Chevy 10 bolt passenger side because the driver side has one already but i have heard that the dodge knuckles form this year are not good kunckles to use for flat tops.

so that is my question where are some good sites or places to buy flat top knuckles.
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Parts mike has new castings (without the stock arm) for $180 or so I think. Many vendors have the Crane knuckles for just a little more.
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 09:43 PM   #3
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Also if you find an OEM one untapped I can machine, drill, and tap it for $50.
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Has anyone turned these type of knuckles in to high steer kunckles and had any problems with them. due to the thinner casting by the brake bracket mounts??

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Take some time and read this site:

http://77cj.littlekeylime.com/flatop_knucles.html
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Take some time and read this site:

http://77cj.littlekeylime.com/flatop_knucles.html
the guy who made that write up said he did not know that much about the dodge setups. so i dident take much other then his observation of that year dodge knuckle from what he wrote about it.

Yup i have read that site. That site is why i have the questions to find out if anyone else has just went ahead and used these knuckles before. i have one and it was free, so i figured if i have it is it worth my time and money to mill and drill this knuckle or will i run in to major problems down the road with that thin spot where the brake bracket mounts?
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the guy who made that write up said he did not know that much about the dodge setups. so i dident take much other then his observation of that year dodge knuckle from what he wrote about it.

Yup i have read that site. That site is why i have the questions to find out if anyone else has just went ahead and used these knuckles before. i have one and it was free, so i figured if i have it is it worth my time and money to mill and drill this knuckle or will i run in to major problems down the road with that thin spot where the brake bracket mounts?

I think that you may have already answered your own question by choosing to describe something on the knucke as a "thin spot".

I referred to the site not because of Dodge-specific information, but so that you can see all the other knuckles and understand what surfaces, geometry, and thicknesses are considered good or bad. Should be easy to make an assessment of the knuckle you have after that.

This was enough of a turn-off for me:

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Dodge late, mid 80's to early 90's. Notice the thin area at the edge of the knuckle where the brakes run. This knuckle has several marginal points, you maybe better finding something else if not running a Dodge.

Dodge early 70's. This is from a 74 Dodge fulltime 4x4, notice the 35 spline stub shaft. Your stuck running the Dodge knuckles-out parts with this knuckle, nothing will interchange.

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i guess im asking the wrong question or i should go to bed. heres another one

Has anyone turned these type of knuckles in to high steer kunckles and had any problems with them. due to the thinner casting by the brake bracket mounts??
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Has anyone turned these type of knuckles in to high steer kunckles and had any problems with them. due to the thinner casting by the brake bracket mounts??
The problem with dodge stuff is you have to use ALL dodge outers on both sides if you use Dodge knuckles... that means you have to swap out both knuckles, and run the spindles, hubs, rotors, and calipers from the Dodge. That may mean some brake line work, more expensive parts, etc...
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