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Ive been thinkn, that those cab a chasi 1-tons would make a good platform for a solid axle. the front ends on those are beefed by using leaf springs, bolted to kinda of a dead axle to connect both wheels. Im not sure but i think the steering may even work with the axle. because of the set up.

this would make the whole axle conversion process so much easier, it would also be cheaper if your planning to get a new or used truck, since you wouldnt buy the 750 dollar brackets to bolt the leafs to the frame. I think it would also take less time?

at the yard we just got one for 20,000 right off the show room floor. but had to have a bed put on it. but I think beds can be found pretty cheap through salvage yards since a bed off a truck as old as 89 would bolt on.

the rear has the 14bff but has dual wheels with a lug pattern that is on most heavy truck. so youd have to either change the axle to singe 8lug wheels which doesnt sound hard, or trade someone for the dually axle.

Ive been thinking about his for awhile and just thought Id let everyone know to see what you all think.

Im sure there are some draw backs I havent thought of and it could be just as hard as converting an ifs truck. but I think theses trucks should be a good base for a good heavy duty 4by

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One of the 4-wheel mags(4wheel& off-road I think) showed this done on a ferd F550. The guy put a big lift on it and an eaton or Rockwell 2.5 ton axle(one with a third member like a ferd 9", not the kind in the military trucks) in front. He used a clark or rockwell divorce mounted t-case. You would have to read the article. I don't remember everything used. The thing was huge though.

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yea that ford was freaking bad ass!! of course - considering he had $120,000 into it i would hope so. he converted a 2wd f550 to 4wd, dual rockwell 2.5ton axles, choped 16 FEET off of the frame with an f350 bed on it. had 47" tires on 22" rims!

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I guess I have to get a hold of one of those mags, but I think it would be quite abit dif on a chevy, but maybe not.

I think if somone was in the market for a late model truck acpable of getting twisted off road, this could be the answer. by the truck for 8-10000 used and 24000 brand new and put 2000 grand in it and it would be awseome.

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Yeah, the guy I bought my Yukon from has one of those Chevy 1Ton HD's and he converted it to a 4x4. He said the swap was easy (axle wise) the D60 bolted right in. He said most of the problems came from the Trany because he had to swap it out for a 4x4 4L80E and a T-case but other than that he said it was no problem. The truck is a tow truck and can go practically anywhere and he is running 245 BFG MT's on it. Talk about a bad ass looking truck with no lift!!!!

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man I was starting to think noone had done it with a chevy. it just popped in my head since they are already leaf spring, why wouldnt an axle bolt to them.
I think 33s could even be ran without a lift 35s if you were crafty.
there hard to find used but when you can there usaully pretty cheap since they have so many miles on them working as delivery trucks and such.

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