I have a 73 Stepside K10. It has a built 350 , 35's, and stock gears. The thing is i am tires of breaking and would like to switch to a 3/4 ton running gear(get rid of the 12 bolt and 6 lug dana 44). I have six inch lift springs and custom built spicer drive shafts so i was wondering just how extensive it is to convert to the 14 bolt and 8 lugg 44. ( i already have an NP205)and if i could save some parts and money when doing so. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as i have never ventured this far before. Just getting tired of broken axles and u-joints.
lately i have broken front u joints and axles. Also i have massove play in the spider gears in my 12 bolt. I used to brake front and rear u-joints but i got custom driveshafts made with spicer u-joints. The biggest things is i would like to run 38's and not have to worry about these weak points when i am on the trail.
It would be a step in the right direction. However, you're not really gaining that much in the front. You'll still likely to break stuff, and more so with 38's. Do the upgrade, and in the meantime, try to get your hands on a 1-ton Dana 60 front.