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Old October 22nd, 2009, 02:07 PM   #1
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I have an 8 lug D44 from a 79 F250 I need to switch it over to a 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern. What parts would I need to do this?
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 02:10 PM   #2
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knuckles/calipers/caliper brackets/hubs/rotors
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You need the knuckles / spindles/ stub shafts / lockouts out of a f-150 + brakes
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I have the factory flat top knuckles on this axle and wanted to keep them to do a high stear set up.
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any one wanna trade parts to convert there 5 lug to an 8?
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 02:17 PM   #5
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The F-150 knuckles are flat top as well if I remember right I'm running 84 dodge 1/2 ton outers and they are flat top. And 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern
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The F-150 knuckles are flat top as well if I remember right I'm running 84 dodge 1/2 ton outers and they are flat top. And 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern
So I could use the Dodge 1/2 ton outers on this axle too?
If any one wants to trade parts let me know.
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You don't need spindles or stub shafts if keeping with ford stuff, 99% of ford 1/2 tons are not flat tops.

If you want high steer and don't want to buy reid knuckles you can run; chevy/full size jeep knuckles/calipers/caliper brackets/small bearing spindles/stub shafts with ford 5 lug hub and rotor
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this is the flat top right?
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yes all the 3/4 ton fords had them but the 1/2 caliper will not clear the knuckle without major mods. You could redrill the 3/4 ton rotor to the 5 lug pattern and run the larger brakes.
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yes all the 3/4 ton fords had them but the 1/2 caliper will not clear the knuckle without major mods. You could redrill the 3/4 ton rotor to the 5 lug pattern and run the larger brakes.
By "major mods" do you meen alot of grinding?
If I was to do this would i just need 5 lug hubs/calpers/backing plate/rotors?
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I'm running 78 F-250 axle with stock iner shafts. Then 84 1/2 ton dodge outers. This includes knuckles, brakes, spindle, hub, alloy stub shaft, and they are both flat tops had the passenger side milled and drilled for high steer I'll snap a pic if you would like.
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I'm running 78 F-250 axle with stock iner shafts. Then 84 1/2 ton dodge outers. This includes knuckles, brakes, spindle, hub, alloy stub shaft, and they are both flat tops had the passenger side milled and drilled for high steer I'll snap a pic if you would like.

that would be great
It sounds like that may be what I have to do/or trade my parts for f-150 parts and forget the high steer.
Thanks for all the info everyone
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I have been wanting to do the 8 lug swap on my d44 I would trade if you havent already. Only problem is my Bronco is my daily driver but im sure i could deal with it down for a day or two and I live in fowlerville.muskegon is a cruise. If you dont mind me asking why go 5 lug , only benifet would be 15" wheel ,maybe cheaper tires
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Can you just install the 1/2 ton hubs/rotors on the 3/4 ton spindles?

Ignoring brake caliper mounting just for sake of discussion.
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Can you just install the 1/2 ton hubs/rotors on the 3/4 ton spindles?

Ignoring brake caliper mounting just for sake of discussion.
Yes
but look at my build thread because there are issues I ran into doing this swap.
http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...=156192&page=3
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Thanks.

I think I've got a handle on what I'm doing now. Remember this is for a TTB Dana 44 not the solid 44. The TTB has six bolt spindles.

First swap to Chevy 3/4 ton knuckles. This will get me the 3/4 ton brake calipers, and Caliper mounts.
The bolt the Ford spindle to the Chevy knuckle. They are both 6 bolt
Then have the opening of a newer Dodge 1500 rotor opened up.

There is a little more to it than that but that is the general idea.
This will get me 3/4 ton size brakes while maintaining the 5 lug pattern.
I'm going to the parts store in just a few minutes to take a bunch of measurements on a few different rotors.
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Make sure your rims will fit over the larger brake rotors.
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