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Old 02-02-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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Solid axle swap on 97 swb

I have a 97 swb step side 1500 chevy. The truck is 2wd it has the vortec 350 and 4l60e trans. I have a 79 k5 blazer that was wreked and sits in my back yard. The blazer has the dana 44 axles. Now iv dun the solid axle swap before on the 2500 & 3500. I am just un shure where to hang the hangers on the rear up front on the truck. If any one has any thing it would help first time iv done this by my self thanks.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

A GREAT place to start

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Old 02-02-2011, 05:47 PM   #3
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Wow great truck man i love it thanks for the site's and if you don't mind my asking was your swap easy and what was you total coast.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

SUPER easy. I only drilled the holes in the frame. My wife (fiance at the time) did all the work. I had a cast on!

These are estimates of what I spent
ORU kit 800
front springs 4" 250
rear springs 8" 800
steering kit 400
front axle built 600
wheels and tires 1200
driveshafts 300

There are cheaper ways to go obviously.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:09 PM   #5
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

Alderson95,

I know you mention that you have a D44 lying around but check this out. The ORU kit that works with a Ford D60 is on sale for $354! That is a heck of a deal....actually, what that kit SHOULD cost. A $1000 was way too much originally.

http://www.offroadunlimited.com/orus...dproduct=10754

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Old 02-02-2011, 06:11 PM   #6
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

i have don a solid axle swap before on this year of truck. i had olny dun it to the 3/4ton and they were all 4x4's. iv got a 95 2500 gmc with the swap and a duramax lb7 swap. and did you lose your truck or somthing.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:13 PM   #7
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iv got a 95 2500 gmc with the swap and a duramax lb7 swap.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:13 PM   #8
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iv considerd the dana 60's only problem is every body want's one so it makes them hard to find. if i could get one i would.
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i have don a solid axle swap before on this year of truck. i had olny dun it to the 3/4ton and they were all 4x4's. iv got a 95 2500 gmc with the swap and a duramax lb7 swap. and did you lose your truck or somthing.
Me lose my truck? Kinda... Lost my mind and sold it. I'm in the process of getting my mind back together with the burban build.

I agree with Larry! Truck pictures are a must! Especially if it has a D-max!
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:08 PM   #10
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Id post but i don't have the gold membership or somthing or for that matter a camra but i will ugrade my membership soon i hope and ill get a camra from my brother so ill ceep yall posted and sory about the truck i sold my 98 crew cab short bed 454 with 6in lift for 2200 so i know the feeling
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:59 AM   #11
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

I like the idea of the D60 front. You're going to have lug patterns that don't match already (6 in front, 5 in rear) so it might as well be 8 all the way around...
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:50 AM   #12
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

If you have the blazer already you have everything you need. Roll the front axle under the truck (with the leaf springs and front hanger attached and center the wheel in the fender well. Weld the front hangers from the front leaf springs to the frame. Then take the rear hangers and shackles from the rear of the blazer and bolt them to the oppisite front leaf spring, this will put the flat part that used to be on the outside of the frame on the inside of the frame so that it can be welded in place.


Now on the rear you may be able to roll the blazer axle under there with the springs and have them bolt right up to the hangers and shackles on the truck. If not you can blow both spring packs apart and add the extra blazer springs to the truck springs to get a level ride height. If this is done make sure you put new guide pins through the spring pack to keep them together.
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

[QUOTE=DirtyLarry;4457736]Alderson95,

I know you mention that you have a D44 lying around but check this out. The ORU kit that works with a Ford D60 is on sale for $354! That is a heck of a deal....actually, what that kit SHOULD cost. A $1000 was way too much originally.
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Larry you miss read the ad.
It is still way too much for this kit!

Price: $699.95
List Price: $1,054.94
You Save: $354.99
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:10 PM   #14
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

I got the axles out of the blazer. Iv started to strip the uper and lower control arms on the 97. Can the cross member on the 97 the one under the motor be removed our does it have to be cut out. Because it seams like it's going to be in the way.
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

I haven't done a solid axle swap on a full size, but from what I've heard you should build a new crossmember BEFORE removing the old. Makes sense to me! Good luck and get those pictures up! check out www.photobucket.com, it's easy to use and you don't have to pay a dime...
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

Do not cut the cross member out, it is a very important part of the frame's structure. It will not be in the way, you may need to trim it after instilation of the front axle but not much.
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

[quote=ghettoluxury;4461539][QUOTE=DirtyLarry;4457736]Alderson95,

I know you mention that you have a D44 lying around but check this out. The ORU kit that works with a Ford D60 is on sale for $354! That is a heck of a deal....actually, what that kit SHOULD cost. A $1000 was way too much originally.
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Larry you miss read the ad.
It is still way too much for this kit!

Price: $699.95
List Price: $1,054.94
You Save: $354.99
Ouch! You're right.....and it is too much. My bad.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:22 PM   #18
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Re: Solid axle swap on 97 swb

I orderd the hangers and misc it coast a little bit. I have orderd a cross member from off road direct so it will geet rid of the old bulky motor cross member. Now what would be a good trans case to go with. O i saw extrem 4x4 today and they did a solid axle swap on a 97 blazer just thought that was cool.
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