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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-26-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Dana 44 6 lug to 5 lug conversion part 2

Ok, I put my small bearing spindles on the knuckles, disk brake brackets on the spindle, ford hubs and rotors on the spindle and now the problem is the calipers and pads don't fit. What am I doing wrong? Do I need the wagoneer caliper brackets? Are the chevy brackets the wrong ones?

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Don't quote me but I thought you keep the waggie bracket and brakes?

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I used the Wagoneer bracket but I think the calipers are the same...Jeep or Chevy.
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i used the jeep brackets and calipers..

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Does it look like the pad wearing will allow the caliper to move off the mounting pins or hit the caliper bracket? Have pics?

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Ok, I bought a pair of waggy caliper brackets and they are the same as my chevy brackets. What am I missing here? I have small bearing spindles, ford hubs and rotors and the correct calipers and brackets but there is no room for the inner brake pad.

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Chevy and the jeep brackets are the same. Calipers are the same.

The problem is you have the wrong spindles. You have drum brake spindles.

There is a easy fix though. Cut both brackets and weld one on the outside of the other. The calipers will now fit.

How do i know this?????

I had the same thing happen to me and i didnt relize what was wrong until a few years later when i did a job on a drum brake truck.

The spindle got burned up. Put on a new spindle and the shoes were at the very edge of the drum. The shoes normally are inside the drum about a 1/4 or so.

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Thank you so much. Now that I look at the big bearing and small bearing spindles, I can see exactly where you are talking about. I've got two big bearing spindles and a lathe so I'm going to turn them down and make it work like it is supposed to.

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good info jim.. did not know that.. i thought the brackets were the same.. and i knew the calipers were...

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Ok, update.

I turned 2 large bearing spindles down to small bearing spindles. Hubs and rotors are on and calipers and pads fit perfectly.

Now I need banjo bolts. Where do I find those? The threads in the calipers are 10mm fine thread. I need some bolts about 1-1/4" from the bottom of the head to the end of the threads.

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