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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-20-2000, 03:44 PM
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switching out 800 axles

I am thinking about putting dana 44 axles of a Scout II on my 1966 Scout 800. Does anyone know if this will work and if so what problems will I run into?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2000, 09:24 PM
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Re: switching out 800 axles

Yes it is possible, and is done quite a bit. I am almost 'half' done with mine (rear axle in), front setting alongside waiting patiently. The axles are about two inches wider than the stock 800 axles, but it really doesn't show; the major problem is that the spring perch spacing is different between the two. Going from memory, I 'think' the rear perches each have to be moved inboard the width of the perch; the fronts have to be moved outboard about an inch and a half or two inches (check out www.binderbulletin.org, under FAQ's, there is a section on this conversion that spells it out). The fixed passenger side perch on the Scout II D-44 is a problem; supposedly you can redrill the center bolt hole outward, and grind new notches into the casing for the U-bolts, but I really did not want to do that, it did not look to me like the sturdiest setup. I plan to relocate my springs inboard on the frame (considering a shackle reversal at the same time) that will allow me to use the stock locations. If you have a V-8 or six cylinder with the steering box outboard on the frame, you can use the stock steering box with some mods to the pitman arm; if you can pick up the pieces for power steering, that would bolt in and not require any mods to the linkage at all from what I can find out. Hope this helps.

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