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Old January 11th, 2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Chevy Dana 44 front - 6lug to 8lug?

I have a 84 Chevy 1/2 with a dana 44 front and a 10 bolt rear, both 6 lug. I want to put a 14 bolt in the rear this season. Now I was told I could get a set of 8 lug spindles and replace the 6 lug spindles on it now. Is this true? What else in involved. I want to run the same lug pattern. Thanks.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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yes, IIRC you will need hubs,rotors,caliper brackets? depending on if you have small or large bearing spindles you might need them also.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #3
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yes, IIRC you will need hubs,rotors,caliper brackets? depending on if you have small or large bearing spindles you might need them also.
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i did it, not too hard
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Old January 11th, 2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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What doner axle do I want to look for? Only a DANA 44 8 lug?
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Old January 11th, 2008, 09:37 PM   #5
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10 bolt or 44 parts will work, IIRC you should have a 10 bolt front, did you swap it?
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No, I did not personally swap it, I was told it was a DANA44, but it may be a 10 bolt. I was just going by what the previous owner said. But then again he wasnt the brightest crayon in the box, he said the truck had a TH-350 trans, and I later found out it was a 700r4. I will have to check for myself. But its the same concept right, I will just need to find a 3/4 ton axle and swap out the hubs and caliper brackets? I already need new brakes so I will just buy ones for a 3/4 ton.
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No, I did not personally swap it, I was told it was a DANA44, but it may be a 10 bolt. I was just going by what the previous owner said. But then again he wasnt the brightest crayon in the box, he said the truck had a TH-350 trans, and I later found out it was a 700r4. I will have to check for myself. But its the same concept right, I will just need to find a 3/4 ton axle and swap out the hubs and caliper brackets? I already need new brakes so I will just buy ones for a 3/4 ton.
ya either way the parts swap.
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if you can find a 3/4 ton axle y not just put the whole axle in?
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Old January 12th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #9
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if you can find a 3/4 ton axle y not just put the whole axle in?
I agree with this you will probly need to change the gears anyway
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Semi float 14 bolt
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Old January 16th, 2008, 08:55 PM   #11
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I agree with this you will probly need to change the gears anyway
Because I would like to do it a little cheaper if I could. I guess If I could find one for a good price, I would get it. I just assumed it would be easier and cheaper to swap the hubs instead of swaping the whole axle.
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Semi float 14 bolt
Which one is better, Semi float, or Full float 14 bolt?
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Full float

Cheapest thing would be to get a complete one then you could sell yours complete.
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Cheapest thing would be to get a complete one then you could sell yours complete.

Thanks, thats probely the route I will take then or at least try. Thanks for your help!
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if you can find a 3/4 ton axle y not just put the whole axle in?
why bother, the only difference between a 3/4 ton front axle and a 1/2 ton front axle is the 8 lug outers. (and then the difference between a Dana 44 and a GM 10 bolt)
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Old January 19th, 2008, 01:32 PM   #16
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why bother, the only difference between a 3/4 ton front axle and a 1/2 ton front axle is the 8 lug outers. (and then the difference between a Dana 44 and a GM 10 bolt)
Because the 1/2 ton is most likely a 3:?? gear and the 3/4 ton stuff is usually lower gear, easy to find 4:10 geared combo.
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here a line to CK5 but they did a Dana 44 not much different from the corp 10 bolt

http://coloradok5.com/8lugconversion.shtml
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true they do come with lower gears but it was just said axle, not axles.
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