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I have recently aquired a dana 44 out of a 70 chevy, which I will be swaping into my 83 CJ-7, and I need to know a few things.
What make, model, and, year vehicle would give me a better steering since I have the 3 bolt arm on the drivers side that almost all chevy's have. I am wanting to go with a crossover style, also the axle has drum brakes and drive flange style hub, I want discs and a locking hub, is there a vehicle I could take the whole knuckle from to satisfy my needs?
I would also like to convert to power steering, could I use a Jeep box and pump, or should I go with else since I swapping in a 350 too.

Thanks

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You already have the right knuckle (driver's side) for the crossover steering. As far as converting to discs do you want to stay with six bolts for the lug nuts or do you want to convert to five lugs? Makes a difference when recommending parts to use. A Jeep steering box and pump will work. They're all Saginaw whether they're Jeep or Chevy. Mine came from a mix of Wagoneers and AMC Eagles.

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I want to keep the 6 bolt pattern since the rear i'm using is 6 lug too, but explain how the drivers side knuckle will aide in doing a crossover, I figured I'd have to use something out of an older j-10 pickup or even maybe a ford.

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Come on guys, somebody must know something about this!

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Here's what most people are doing with those knuckles:

-Get the other side machined to match with holes drilled and tapped and top surfaced.

-Buy a set of steering arms that mount to the top of the knuckles (these are aftermarket arms sold by about 10 different places--see below)

-Mount the tie rod to the top of the new arms. This places the tie rod above the springs (even on a spring over) and out of the way of rocks.

-Mount the drag link to either the tie rod (I think wagoneers and chevy's had that) or mount it in a second hole on top of the steering arm (pass side). This not only puts the drag link away from the rocks, but it corrects the angle closer to parallel helping to eliminate bump steer on highly lifted vehicles. It is common to see this Hi Steer set-up on spring over type suspensions with a dana 44 up front. Now there are similar (in theory) set-ups for Dana 60s, but way more beefy.

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Hi Steer Set-ups:

http://www.allprooffroad.com/

http://www.avalancheengr.com/parts/steering/steering_start.htm

http://www.garlic.com/~junmike/

http://www.foothilloffroad.com/

http://www.extremegearoffroad.com/

http://samsoffroad.com/samsoffroadsto/

http://mypage.onemain.com/trailtechoffroad/

All these places sells arms or full set-ups.

And Bob Roggy's phone # is 530-626-9451.
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Thanks Raymo! that was a lot of help. I guess I'm in luch, the 44 in the 70-72 chevy's have flat top spindles, so I guess te just have to be drilled and tapped, just like the drivers side. Right? And what can I do for putting discs on the front keeping the 6 lug pattern.....use a set of a later model chevy, are they compatable or even the ones from a 10 bolt? I also want to change to a locking hub from the stock drive flange it has now....any ideas?

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You got it. Just use the brake parts from a newer Chevy. The 10-bolt backing plate which the caliper mounts to will bolt to your 44 behind the spindle. The other parts are compatible also. All of the hub companies make a hub which will work on your 44 to replace the drive flanges.

'75 CJ5,258 w/Howell EFI,T18a,4.27's,33's,On-board air,Warn 8274
 

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Any universal ford-chevy-dodge warn hub will bolt right on your axle, discs can come off of anything, wagoneer, chevy truck, or blazer, just get the caliper brackets and caliper cores at the junk yard, and get the rest all new at the parts store. It is all easy mix and match bolt on stuff.

John
48 CJ-2A, 49 Willys truck, 70 Jeepster Commando, 89 Wrangler, 98 4x4 Tacoma
 
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