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Front axle moved forward part 2 - drilling perches

Is moving the front axle forward as simple as drilling new holes in the perches (and U bolt plates)?

I was going to get new springs which could accomplish this, now not. I have bolt on 3 degree steel shims, any reason this would complicate things? Are there any added risks, such as the spring coming off the perch?

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well your steering might become effected buy this.......you might have to get a shorted pitman arm or your tie-rod and drag link might start to cross over......driveshaft needs to be longer, brake lines might need to be longer [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Re: Front axle moved forward part 2 - drilling per

If you have a stock dana 30 front axle, the spring perch on the axle can't be drilled offset to move it. It is a cast thing that has a hollow already in front and behind the center hole. That hollow is too large to use to locate the center bolt. That idea should work for the rear.

I can think of two ways to do the front. One is to get new perches that you can redrill and adjust 3* to eliminate the shims at the same time.

The other is to redrill your shim the same offset as you move the axle. Then get the MORE offset plates. They come drilled for 3/4" and 1". You can drill another hole if you want to move it forward more than that too.

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Re: Front axle moved forward part 2 - drilling perches

A few people I know who have done this mod say their steering has not been affected if you stay below 2". However I am fully prepared to buy this steering box bracket if necessary:

steering box relocation beefy bracket

I've already got some overkill long brakelines, so I should be Ok there.

Good point about the driveshaft, I'll have to budget that in. Thanks for the help (even though you don't like my wheels).

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As far as re-drilling the cast part of my Dana 44. I'll have to look at that. I could weld some material in there and drill out a hole. Or I could even modify the steel shims I have to make them function like the MORE plates do. hmmmmm..
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Thanks for the help (even though you don't like my wheels).

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your welcome.......but i never said anything about your rims [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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WHTTRSH You're right,sorry 'bout that; I got posters confused. I just assume nowadays that most people don't like my wheels, maybe I'm just paranoid.
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WHTTRSH You're right,sorry 'bout that; I got posters confused. I just assume nowadays that most people don't like my wheels, maybe I'm just paranoid.

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don't sell yourself short there pnut, I don't like-um. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Front axle moved forward part 2 - drilling per

Sorry, I missed the part about you having a dana 44. In that case, you'll just have to look at the perches on there. Might be able to just drill another hole in those.
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