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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-10-2007, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Late 70s Blazer Dana 44 in CJ7

Hey guys,

I searched and searched and searched some more, and haven't come up with any definite answers, so I've come to for your knowledge.

I'm doing an axle swap in a buddies 1980 CJ7, I have a 1973 Scout II Dana 44 rear axle, and a late 70s blazer front Dana 44. He wants to stay sprung under for now (so no need to do a high steer setup with flatops), so I planned on just reusing his Dana 30 outers (as I've read you can do this with the Scout II front dana 44, so I assumed it could be done with the blazer dana 44 as well). I'm planning to shorten just the long side and have the inner shaft shortened to match.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 1980 CJ7 uses the smaller 260 u-joint, so I need to find different stub shafts for the outers. Is there another front Dana that has the same length stub shafts but takes the larger 297/760 ujoint. Or do I need to go aftermarket alloy or something? If so, whos the best for that? Warn, Dutchman, etc.?

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Warn makes chromoly stub shafts for that application that will take the 297x size u-joints. If you're going to buy chromoly stub shafts, though, you should buy chromoly inners, too.

Or, why don't you just shorten the axle, put on Ford outers with 5 on 5.5 stuff, and use regular Ford stub shafts? you get better hubs that way, too.

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What Petey said. On my website you can see how I modified some Dodge knuckles to use the stock steering linkage, although I did make larger links. The D44 knuckles are a little bigger so they effectively increase the width by a few inches, but that shouldn't hurt - probably put it real close in size the the Scout rear.

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Wouldn't I need Ford knuckles? or could I just use the Chevy outers, and get ford hubs, rotor and lockout (like for a high steer setup) minus getting the spindles machined as I think it's the large bearing variety. can the chevy non flat top knuckle be machined like the dodge (as in adding a second hole to the drag link arm)?

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can the chevy non flat top knuckle be machined like the dodge (as in adding a second hole to the drag link arm)?
You'll just have to look. Here's the Dodge knuckle I modified.

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As for which other parts you can use, I'm not really sure. The Dodge and Jeep spindles and stub axles were interchangeable. I used the Dodge knuckles, rotors, hubs and calipers, and Jeep drive slugs and hub caps.

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