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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2004, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, right now I have a 6 lug D44. I was wondering what all I would need for a 8 lug conversion, and some guestimations on prices for parts. Would I need new calipers and other 'smaller' items besides the spindles? Thanks.
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Re: Front D44

I don't know 100% what all it would involve, but i think i have an idea. But, becuase I have not done it I'm going to hold off from guessing. I do know where someone is selling the parts for the conversion for 150.

try here

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Re: Front D44

What generation of D44 do you have?

If you have a 1977 or newer Dana 44 you need a 1977 or newer Dana 44 or 10 bolt 8 lug bearing hub, lockouts, and caliper bracket.

Or, if you don't care what year you have and don't care as long as you get 8 lug you just need the bearing hub, the spindle, the lockouts, and the caliper bracket.

The trickyness comes in to play when you deal with external vs internal lockouts (different spindles).

It all depends on what you're trying to do and I don't much feel like typing out all the possibilities.
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Re: Front D44

I'm pretty sure it's '77 or newer D44, it came stock with a 12 bolt rear if that helps any. I'm not quite sure if I know the difference between internal, and external lockouts. Also, would the 10 bolt pattern be the same as the Dana's? I'm wondering this because I've got a Ford D61 I plan on putting under the rear. Eventually the rear springs will go to 3/4 too. I am also planning on getting some new Warn lockouts for it anyways and ditch the cheap plastic factory ones.
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Re: Front D44

its not to bad

any 10 bolt or dana 44 can be made 8 lug.
just got to salvage yard and buy 8 lug 10 bolt or d44. or just the parts from the knuckles out. that way you get everything you need.

i have a d61 ill give you if your willing to travel.

i was going to use it under my chevy, but decided the 14 bolt is way better option
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Thanks for the offer, but I'm gonna pass on it. The D61 I've got will only cost me $100, and thats just for putting brakes on it. Thanks for the info
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just so you know.

8 lug 10bolts have all the right parts to make your dana 44 8 lug. and are prety much the most common1/2-3/4 axle after 1978 under chevy trucks.
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Re: Front D44

Ok, i've been thinking about this one for a while now. I work in a weld shop, and my boss is friends with a guy who owns a machine shop. My question is: would it be possible to just knock out the studs, weld the holes shut and sand smoth, get it re-drilled for 8 lug and get some new caliper brackets? I had also planned on getting my set of 6 lug offset wheels re-drilled too.
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thats not a good choice.we just did a conversion when we installed a ff-14blt in the back of my friends k-10 the dana 44 1/2 ton is the same as the 3/4 ton i went to the parts yard found an old 44 ot of a 3/4 ton i took the rotor assembly the backing plate and calipers and reinstalled them on the 1/2 ton truck it was pretty easy and all for under a hundred bucks
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Re: Front D44

heres a page that describes an install.
http://www.coloradok5.com/8lugconversion.shtml
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