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Old 03-13-2011, 09:56 AM
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Chevy Axle In Ford Truck?

I have recently came across a rear end out of a 03 chevy 2500 hd. Would it be worth swapping out the stock rear end in my truck with it. Only reason i would like it is the disc brakes.
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I wonder how far off the spring perches are. On 1980 and older fords a chevy rear end is a common swap, the 14 bolt rear end has stronger axles. I dont know what the newer chev's run for a rear end, I would hate to go thru the work just to eat it up, but the discs would sure be nice
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They may be different widths overall also. I can measure my dad's 03 Chevy tonight and check. One nice thing is that an electronic locker has been an option for a while. I blew out the CV joints in the D-max(long story), so my dad was plowing in 2wd with the locker for a while. I want to say its a Eaton G-80.
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This is darn good info right here, could be a real nice swap to do if the perches are in the right spot or remotely close
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OBS perches look to be about 48" apart from outside to outside(outer edge of the perch). I couldn't get a measurement on the D-Max though because the exhaust, shock, and wheel are so close together. But you would need new or modified perches anyways because the GM springs are only 2.5" wide compared to Ford's 3" wide. But they are pretty beefy axle, a lot come stock with lockers, 8x6.5" pattern, and actual good disc brakes.

But there has to be a big problem somewhere in width or size of the axle, because otherwise i'd think people would have actually done it. Or Ford guys just don't want GM parts on their trucks.
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GM 11.5" - GM 11.5 No real good info there but it does give which axle it is.
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If you try and need custom brake SS lines let me know..sounds like it could be a great swap if it works out as changing spring pads is easy.
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GM 11.5" - GM 11.5 No real good info there but it does give which axle it is.
With that info there, I wonder if it is the same old 14 bolt rear but with updated brakes and stuff like that. At one time the strongest rear end you could get. If I had one readily available I would definately be looking into this
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