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swap 8 lugs to 5x5.5 ?

Wondering what you guys use to swap from the Dana 60 8 lug, to the CJ 5x5.5 pattern.

I have a Dodge D60 and a 44 front with the Chevy/ Ford combo
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Re: swap 8 lugs to 5x5.5 ?

To my knowledge (and I could be mistaken), there isn`t any way to convert a full float D-60 from 8 lug to 5-5 1/2 pattern using anything that will replace the original D-60 hub. I have recently seen that someone produces a 5-5 1/2 conversion kit to change front Dana 60`s to the stock 5 1/2 pattern but it was expensive. I haven`t seen anything similar to change a rear FF D-60. When I had mine built I wanted to stay with the 5-5 1/2 pattern also, so I went semi-float. My reasoning was that since I would be going to a much larger and heavier duty bearing and 1.5 in. 35 spline alloy axle`s, that would make up for the weight of the Jeep still riding on the axle. Keith Dutchman of Dutchman Motorsports that built the axle`s and installed the big bearing housing ends said that even though I`m running 4.30 gears, 35" tires and a warm 401, the posibility of a broken axle was unlikely in my `72 CJ5. It`s had 2 yrs. of abuse and shows no sign`s of problems. Although I have only $800 in my D-60 rear, I think it would be easier to convert your D-44 front to 8 lug and put the D-60 in the way it is to keep the price down on your conversion.
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Re: swap 8 lugs to 5x5.5 ?

Aright then. What will I need for the front conversion. I have the Ford hubs and rotors and the Chevy spindles and flat knuckles.

What other Brands of trucks use the Dodge lug pattern, or are all the 8 lugs the same.

The guy I bought this from "thinks" it from a Dodge, is there a way to tell? The build date and info in the tube are gone but I can read the castings on the housing.

I paid $50 on the axle. Should I sell it and get the semi-floater?.(no bids please, yet). Semi-floater from what


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Re: swap 8 lugs to 5x5.5 ?

For the front there are two alternatives that I know of:

Warn sells their 5 on 5.5" hubs. They should use the same spindle, bearings, and lock-out hubs as a Dana 60. The bearing and brake offset might have to be figured out, but I think they have it figured out.

Also, I've seen articles where Currie takes an F450 hub and turns it down and makes it 5 on 5.5". Sounds expensive.

For the rear gradysoffroad has recently released a full floating hub that works on a Dana 60, 70 or GM 14 Bolt (those axles share the same spindle size, bearing, nuts, etc) in 5 and 6 lug patterns. It is is made with Alloy Aluminums and is set-up to work with disc brakes. It uses the rest of the stock components like shafts, spindles, etc.
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Re: swap 8 lugs to 5x5.5 ?

There's an easier way. Check out page 82 in the Feb. 2004 Jp magazine. Grady's Extreme Off-road offers T6 aluminum hubs that convert from the 8 lug to 5x5.5. The website is www.gradysoffroad.com but I can't seem to find any info on the product on their website. There is a picture in the magazine though.
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