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Old 07-22-2002, 11:59 AM   #1
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Question 1-ton axle swap advice needed...

Hi guys,
I am ready to swap tons under my '84 Caddy Blazer. I found a 14-bolt over the weekend for $75. Now I just need a front. Would a 8-lug dana 44 be ok for now if I can't find a 60? I figure anything would be better than the dual 10-bolts I have now. Overall, have you guys found it to be better to use 8 lug 15" wheels or the stock 16" rims. How cheap can you buy a set of 8 lug steel 15" wheels. I still have another year left on my 35x12.50x15 tires so I'd like to find some wheels if I can. Any other thoughts on swapping tons? Thanks guys.
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Old 07-22-2002, 12:50 PM   #2
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Tyres international has American Racing and US Wheel rims that are 15x10 and 15x8 that come in 8 lug pattern. Cost is between $37 and $50 I believe. I have 15x10 8 lug rims now, from American Racing paid $43 at a local wheel shop. The problem you will have is caliper clearance. Also I don't know if the 15" rims will clear the drum on the 14 Bolt. I think it depends on back spacing.
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1986 K5, 350/465/208 Dana 60/14 bolt from a cucv 36" Super Swampers TSL/SX
1983 K20 w/ CUCV axles, 350/700R4/208 sitting on 37" Goodyears
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1985 K20, 350/400/208 10 bolt and SF 14 bolt. I wonder where I can find some 1 tons. Hmmmmm
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Old 07-22-2002, 01:25 PM   #3
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Hey steelsoldiers(cool handle by the way)
I have heard and read that the 1 ton rears from 73 up have the same spring perch spacing as 67-72 which is different from the 73 and up 1/2 and 3/4 tons. Would like to hear how this goes with you.
I am myself looking for 1 ton axles for my truck, 70 running gear, sounds like you found a good deal, so if you would let us know how it goes I for one would be thankful to ya.
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Old 07-22-2002, 02:01 PM   #4
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Hey y'all,
Well it's a 14-bolt FF, but it's actually from a late 70's 3/4 ton truck so the spring pad spacing should be right for my Blazer(36" I believe). That's a good deal on the rear, but I'm afraid I am going to get shafted on the Dana 60 front. They are high priced items now. That's why I have been considering going with a 8 lug Dana 44 for the time being. I am going to step up to 38" tires next year so I just want to be ready for that. Thanks for the info guys. I'll let you know what happens.
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Old 07-22-2002, 07:14 PM   #5
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you should be fine with a 8 lug dana 44 for now...... hell run it with the 38s to.... if it breaks you planed on replacing it anyway!
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Old 07-23-2002, 11:19 AM   #6
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Yeah, good point...it's a daily driver so it's not like I beat the crap out of it on a regular basis. I know there are some upgrades available for the 44 like stronger axle shafts and u-joints. They are a heck of a lot cheaper too.
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