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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-09-2003, 05:54 PM
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converting an ifs to a straight axle

i have a 96 tahoe 4x4, i keep breaking cv-axles so i want to put a straight axle on my truck. anybody know of any kits or have advice.. help a girl out [img]images/graemlins/goodpost.gif[/img]
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Re: converting an ifs to a straight axle

Off Road Unlimited is where I bought my kit which included the leaf spring brackets.

From there you need:

-Steering
-Leaf Springs
-Axle
-Tires/Wheels
-Shocks
-Brake lines
-Driveshafts
-U-Bolts
-Bushings
-U-bolt plates
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outa curiosty, whatcha doing to puke cv's on 35's? How much you got the bars cranked or are you just hard on parts?

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I have converted my 95' Z71 to a straight axle using a kit from Offroad Unlimited as well, but Fabritech (setstr8.com) also offers a kit and they were talking about a coil spring conversion.I wouldn't suggest straight axling your truck unless you just need the strength and have money to burn. The bracket kit alone is $750.00, plus crossover steering $850.00,plus springs,shocks,driveshafts,rebuilding or buying a new frontend $500.00 to $2500.00. On top of finding a frontend that drops on the driver side. All Chevrolet stuff is on the passenger side. Ford and Fullsize Jeep (J10-J20 1980-89) axles drop on the drivers side.The 1/2 Ford Dana 44 is high pinion, but coil sprung and 5 lug.
The Jeep axle is 6 lug and leaf sprung. I actually used a 1980 Jeep J20 6 lug axle in my swap. How often do you break the cv axles if not often stay with them. If you swap the cv axles yourself if won't cost that much. Any questions write back. [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img]
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I used the ORU kit. It's nice cause it can be done in a weekend, IF everything goes as should, but never does, but exspensive. I am gonna make another set for my 97, using the ORU as reference. There are pics of it below.

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i am not really breaking it, the cv is pulling apart at the upper cv boot. i have been told that it is over torqued but i don't know. i broke one pulling somebody out, another just driving threw some mud (i was creeping threw), one in a wreck and the others at a mud bog
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the ford 78-79 high pinion f250, is leaf sprung,and is more
desireable because the spacing is about 4" less than the
newer axles, wich sometimes cause tire rubbing on the springs, it also has flat top knuckles,so its easily converted to crossover, and highsteer if you want,so you
can save some money on the crossover part of it,
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Re: converting an ifs to a straight axle

yeah hes taln about the dana 44, from 77.5-79 ford trucks.

you can set up with a steering arm and drag ling for about 300 bucks. but you will have to have the pside knuck drilled and tapped it for the steering arm, (machining is fancy word for it) well then with the pitman arm you might be close to 500. but thats alot better than buying orus outragels high priced knuckles and drag link and ends

if you budget buy you can probly get it rolling on the sfa axle for around 4 grand. I think I might make, Im somewhere around 2grand after buying my dana44 from 78 ford, 14ff for the rear and oru brackets.

I got a few grand worth of junk I still need to get.
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heres my sfa 96 tahoe, i also used a modified oru kit, but i went a different route most, i used gm parts, which ended up easier for the swap i did, since my truck was 2wd.
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Re: converting an ifs to a straight axle

you got a low pinion axle.

thats the only downside I see to gm axles

what did you modify on the oru kit.

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