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Old 06-23-2014, 09:51 PM
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1997 F-250 Solid Axle Swap Question

Hi guys,

I know this has been discussed many of times but I can never find a solid answer for what information I'm looking for. I know if you get a donor truck this should be a drop in swap. I'm confused about what years you can get away with a simple bolt in job. I've read 1987-1997 f350's are a direct bolt in but I found a perfect donor truck and it's 1986. I'm not completely sure but isn't this on the same platform as the 'newer' trucks? I guess what I really want to know is if I got this 1986 F350 4x4 I would have all the parts I need to convert my 1997 twin I beam set-up to a solid axle configuration. That would include not only the axle but the steering and what not. Help would be appreciated! Sorry for bringing up an old topic! I just need clarity! Thanks
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:05 AM
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I always thought it was 85 to 97 that were direct swaps.

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The correct answer is 1986-1997 f350 is almost a direct swap, the 86-94/95 have slide pin calipers so the brake line has to be "fabbed" to fit, all that is going to be is grinding off the tab that sticks off the bottom of it, the 95/96-97 models have bolt on calipers

1980-1985 used a d50 front axle, so stick with 86-97 you will have a complete direct bolt in axle, also keep in mind the power plant above those springs, the gasser engines are considerably lighter so the springs are softer
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