Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Paducah, KY
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Re: ORU Straight Axle Conversion...
I'd say try to find a local offroad shop that could do that. I know in some parts of the country you can't find a place like that, but I'd try. ORU is a bunch of asses. They want like 700 something for some brackets and a little bit of hardware. That would be like 150 anywhere else. It's kinda like they know the secret, and they aren't going to tell you unless you pay for it. Dynatrac makes only Dana axles, so no Corporate 14bolt FF, but their axles are at least the same as ORU's axles, if not better. Not to mention they will make them so that they work perfectly with your application. I'm planning a solid axle conversion, using a D60 front, 14FF rear, enough lift to clear 35x12.5R16's, ORD 4" shackles in the rear, Rancho RSX's, and lots of other stuff. They told me $15,000! HELL NO! I totalled up the parts, and they don't come to $7,000, even if I got a bad deal on the axles. $8,000 worth of work, I think not. Guy I work with knows places that do good quality custom work, think I will talk to them. That and ORU being rude to me the minute I start talking about anything other than their usual lift, no thanks. I may not be a mechanic, but I know what I want and how I want it. No thanks. If anything I would just buy the damn brackets. I say wait a while, I bet soon others are going to start coming out with solid axle conversion kits, and the prices will all start to drop.
1992 Blazer Sport, 350 TBI, Gibson 3" cat back, 4L60, K&N, Rancho 3" lift, 285/75R16's on 16x8 Bajas