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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-31-2003, 05:37 PM
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Switching to a Solid Front Axle

I was wondering what all would be involved to switch to a dana 50 solid front axle from my current ford ifs system. I have a '93 f-250 4x4 manual tranny 7.3l. Also, cost estimates for doing this?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-31-2003, 05:40 PM
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Re: Switching to a Solid Front Axle

The biggest problem I see with that plan is that the new D50 live axles under SuperDuties are a different bolt pattern (despite having 8 lugs). You'd have different wheels front and rear.

You'd be better off with a live D60 from any '86 thru '97 F350. It'll bolt in more or less, read this:
http://www.ford-trucks.com/articles/...dana60conv.php
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Yeah I would definetly go with the D60 for your year of truck. Plus it would probably be cheaper than a D50.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-01-2003, 12:44 AM
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Re: Switching to a Solid Front Axle

i'm going to agree with these guys... i keep an eye on ebay and d50 axles do fetch as much as d60's, so why not get the good stuff? like shilo said, you dont want mismatched lug patterns because you cant rotate tires and must carry 2 spares, so get a 86-97 D60 and you'll be set [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

BTW, does anybody know if you can just swap in a newer SuperDuty front or rear axle in place of older 250/350 trucks? just wondering for swap compatibility... metric lugs are ok if you have them all around, and those rear axles came with some nice rear discs [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] (but dont the fronts have that crappy unit-bearing setup? that would suck)
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Re: Switching to a Solid Front Axle

The fronts do have that crappy unit bearing design. The only thing about it thats good is its EASY to swap hubs. Just a retaining ring and they slide out.
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Don't 2002 Superduties come with Dana60s or is that just a rumor???
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Re: Switching to a Solid Front Axle

i wouldnt want them for a mud truck because of the cost involved in replacing the hub/bearing/spindle unit (bearings arent greasable, either), but for a rock crawler they would be nice because you just have to pull 4 bolts to change out an axle shaft... no playing around with the wheel bearings on the trail. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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