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Old 11-17-2001, 08:01 AM
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Call me cheap but I can't afford a Dana60 frt. just yet so I'm looking at the possability of converting my 6 lug hub on my 10 bolt frt. to a 8 lug.(at least I'll get the 14 bolt on the rear) What is involved with this swap ?, Cost ? etc... Or, would I be better off just changing the 8 lug on the 14 bolt to a 6 lug ? (that would keep my cost down by not requiring me to buy new wheels). Tell me the PRO's and CON's of both options. Thanks for any help.

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check this out: http://coloradok5.com/8lugconversion.shtml

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Good job Powermad! One slight mistake though...... We will give ya this one though! Not all D44's have the "infamous flat top knuckle" I had to buy one for mine, as it didn't have it. It is out of a '75 1 ton. Don't know if this make a difference or not?

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Oh my God, my cup runith over with info. Thanks guys but what about the other option ? 14bolt to a 6 lug. (powermad, outstanding effort !!! Thanks !)

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Oops...... I apologise deeply, Shorts! Please forgive me!........Thanks, Mike

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Converting a 14FF to 6 lug IS possible, but it's kinda expensive and not to realistic of a choice considering you can get a working 14FF for $150 most places. I know 4WPW in Arizona was doing a conversion where they basically milled down the hub a little so the 6x5.5" pattern would fit. It was expensive though, like $1000 or more. Guy on CK5.com had one. Other than that ORU makes a 6 lug 14FF, but it's no longer a FF, it's been turned into a Semi-Floater, one of the mags did a review of it a while back, and ORU wanted like $3000 for one. No thanks. Cheapest option is just put that 14FF in, leave it 8 lug, convert your 10 bolt over to 8 lug, and start looking for a D60 front.


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I would think that going to a 6 lug on the 14 would take away from the intended strength of the axle or at least deminish its capabilities. But then again, the 14 is going under a 1/2 ton. While I'm here let me ask this, Who sells a disk brake kit for a 14b rear ? and what do they normally cost ?

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ORU has a over priced kit. Check the small ads in the back of Fourwheeler & 4Wheel & Offroad, there is a place called TSM/ 4321 WillowCreek Rd. #4/Castle Rock, CO. 80104-9766 (303) 688-6882, that lists a rear disc brake conversion starting at 239.95. That is much cheaper than ORU's $899 (I don't think ORU is reasonable priced on anything!)

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Donovan from CK5 is converting 8 lug FF's to 6 lug.
You send him your hubs and he does all the machine work to them.
There is also a couple of members there that are making disk brake brakets for a FF.
45 acp is making some for $100 and all the hardware. I believe that includes shipping also.
here is a list of stuff that scoobydan used to convert his.

disk brake brackets by misfit $65
2 1975 3/4 ton dana 44 rotors at autozone @ $35 each
2 1975 regular dana 44 calipers (free) but cost $12.99 at autozone w/ core
2 1975 front rubber lines $21.99 each
1 new hard line $2 (old line kept splitting when trying to flare)
1975 dana 44 brake pads $10
new bushings and sleves for where the cliper bolts go $4
2 sets of caliper bolts $5 each
2 new banjo bolts $2.50 each
8 bolts to hold bracket $.50
8 nuts behind bolts $.50
8 lockwashers $.25
brake fluid $3
2 seals $2.50
This set up will leave you with no e-brake but Jesse at highangle drive line has just put out an e-brake that mounts to an NP 205. But you have to use the cv shaft that he has also.


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