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post #1 of 20 Old 01-02-2010, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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AXLE SWAPS

Hey guys I am looking into swapping axles on my truck. I am looking for a dually set up preferably with a 4x4. Has anyone done this swap? Any arguments for or against the dually? I really only NEED to swap the front end to a Dana 60 and replace the rear leaf springs, but I am a go big or go home kinda guy.

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If you find a whole truck go for the Dually 4x4 swap. If you can only get a front 60 go for it and wait for the rest later. When you find a whole truck you can take what you need and sell the rest. You can sell a dana 60 axle up here for more than you can a whole truck sometimes.

Dont wait on the 60 swap though, best upgrade I've made to my truck so far.

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See the problem with the 4x4 dually is finding one... and i have been looking for a truck with a 60 under it, but all i can seem to find up here in Washington is 2x4's. Would that front end even bolt up? But i am on the hunt all the time and i am down to buy a whole truck. Let me know if you know any good places to look other than craigslist.

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Ive done alot of homework on the dana 60 swap. I have that dana 50 crap under mine and as long as you can get the steering linkage up to the pitman arm then it will bolt up, Granted all trucks are a hair different so some tweaking might be in order but nothing a BFH and some know-how couldnt do

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I love 4x4 duellys.

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What is the main use of your truck, do you haul or is it just a daily driver? As much as I like dually 4x4's (which I was considering to do on my OBS) the extra floatation of the rear tires without any weight causes them to get stuck easily in mud or snow.

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i just did a dana 60 swap on my dually. it came factory with the dana 50 ttb. It was converted by centurion converions in michignan into a 3/4 ton dually right out of the factory.. i just finished the dana 60 swap off of a 1992 dually 2 weeks ago before the snow came in. i would strongly recommend doing it to anyone who has considered it. the ride is considerably stiff right now bt that is also because i have 4 inch rough country lift springs.

as for getting stuck, ive never has a problem with the stock skinny tires. it drives right though the mud and snow like its not even there. i bought my axle from a junk yard for 600 and completely rebuilt it with brand new sreeting arms/links from ebay. eded up spending about $1,100 at the end and it was well worth it.


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What is the main use of your truck, do you haul or is it just a daily driver? As much as I like dually 4x4's (which I was considering to do on my OBS) the extra floatation of the rear tires without any weight causes them to get stuck easily in mud or snow.
Well right now it is more of a daily driver but, I would like to start hauling with it too. If i go to a dually i am gonna throw a flatbed on it... well i will probably do that anyway. The thing that i would like to know is if the 2x4 front end will bolt up the same way a 4x4 would because right now 99% of all the driving i do is on the road and 90% of that is just in rain no snow... And i know i can get a 2x4 way easier right now.

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Ive done alot of homework on the dana 60 swap. I have that dana 50 crap under mine and as long as you can get the steering linkage up to the pitman arm then it will bolt up, Granted all trucks are a hair different so some tweaking might be in order but nothing a BFH and some know-how couldnt do
I feel your pain on the Sh!TTy 50, hey by the way does anyone elses front end tweek out when you back up... like toe in real bad? I am running a 4" lift and 35's but damn, and my hubs stay locked in so it humms real bad going 60MPH... the whole reason i need to do some kind of swap.

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Problem with a dually conversion is you will not change the weight rating..if you "need" a dually find one and swap the D60 in to it..not many 4x4's.

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best riding tall lift..swap '07 up axles and 4 link the front.
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