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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-24-2002, 10:53 AM
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verifying stuff needed for 6 to 8 lug conversion..

i've been doin' some searching for a 6-to-8 lug conversion on my waggy d44, and i just wanted to verify these were the things i needed: i believe i can re-use my existing spindles since those are the "big bearing" spindles.. so all i really need are the hub/rotor from a '75 chevy, caliper bracket(can't reuse my old ones, since the 8 lug rotors are larger), and calipers/pads.. lockout hubs can still be retained..all should bolt together, correct? i wasn't too sure about the caliper, since some people claim that you need to grind more off of some than others, if you decide to run a 15" 8 lug rim.. any ideas?..
couple more questions..
1) while searching, i found a thread about spindle spacers(in between the knuckle and the spindle).. i don't remember my d44 waggy having them when i disassembled it.. is this normal?
2)how do you read the date printed on the axle? i have the following #s: 5 10 2 8 A 610140 7
i 610140-7 is the BOM #, which tells me that its a 81-85 waggy/cherokee axle.. the others are supposed to be the date mfg'd.. 5/10/?? .. 82?.. no big deal, but was curious what specific year it was..(came with man. lockouts and no vacumm disco on a grand waggy)
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Re: verifying stuff needed for 6 to 8 lug conversion..

I found a site to explain your date.

The first number is the month, the second number is the day of the month, the third number is the year, the fourth number is the line that built the axle, and the (last) letter is the shift.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-24-2002, 02:18 PM
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Re: verifying stuff needed for 6 to 8 lug conversion..

Your list looks complete for the eight lug conversion. Your Waggie calipers will work fine though. The 1/2 ton Chevy/Waggie calipers are the same as the 3/4 ton Chevy stuff. I run 15" wheels on my eight lug 44 but my backspacing is only 3.25". Any more than that and out comes the grinder to both the caliper and the caliper mounting plate.
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