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Old November 15th, 2010, 08:56 PM
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Default Upgrading or Swap? Rearend and frontend..

Building my 92 Flareside. Already installed 6" lift with 35" Open Country MT's. Just got finished building the BB 460 combo with c6 tranny which will be installed when I get home from Iraq. My big question is what is the best upgrade or swap to be done to beef up the rearend and frontend? Should I stick with the twin Ibeams up front or go with a straight axle? I want something I can drive on the highway a good bit, but when the time is right, she will hold her own when I want to off road. I know this is kind of broad questions, but any and all info would be helpful..thanks in advance.
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Check out my build thread or even ASwaff400's thread (in progress), DIXIE FIX has one up too, and is in process of changing it up yet again.

Mine's an a-arm IFS to 1-ton SAS, driven down the highway, hauled a camper, toy hauler, and has been off the road onto neighboring wasteland. pretty versatile.


You could go with a early 90's D60 and Sterling 10.25 rear.

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Get home soon brother and welcome to the club!

I have a 95 flareside. Same body style. If you can afford to pick up a solid axle, dana 44 or better, go for it! If you are planning on sticking with the 35 to 37 inch tires, I would suggest keeping the rear 8.8 and getting a dana 44 with 5x5.5 lug spacing so that both axle lug patterns match.

The 8.8 is pretty beefy. If you want you can always get some chrome moly axle shafts for the rear. That would make it a really beefy axle. You can also leave it as is and see how it handles on the trail.

As far as the dana 44, there are two styles. I have the 78 - 79 style with built in wedges for the radius arms. You can only use my axle if you are planning on keep the radius arm setup. Then there is the pre 78 dana 44. This axle has the wedges welded on. Guys knock them off and make a 4 link setup instead of radius arms.

What's your game plan?




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Seems the 8.8 31spl weak point for me wasn't shafts, but carriers

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Get home soon brother and welcome to the club!

I have a 95 flareside. Same body style. If you can afford to pick up a solid axle, dana 44 or better, go for it! If you are planning on sticking with the 35 to 37 inch tires, I would suggest keeping the rear 8.8 and getting a dana 44 with 5x5.5 lug spacing so that both axle lug patterns match.

The 8.8 is pretty beefy. If you want you can always get some chrome moly axle shafts for the rear. That would make it a really beefy axle. You can also leave it as is and see how it handles on the trail.

As far as the dana 44, there are two styles. I have the 78 - 79 style with built in wedges for the radius arms. You can only use my axle if you are planning on keep the radius arm setup. Then there is the pre 78 dana 44. This axle has the wedges welded on. Guys knock them off and make a 4 link setup instead of radius arms.

What's your game plan?
there is actually a few different dana 44's, wedges molded in, wedges welded on, leaf spring perches. and the knuckles are different between some years and depending on the truck it was under. the dana 44 i have is out of a '76 to 79 f250 with 5 lug hubs installed. some '76 and older dana 44's out of a f250 have closed knuckles and larger and stronger axle shafts and u-joints. i read somewhere today there is a kingpin dana 44 with the larger shafts and u-joints out there but are pretty rare and parts arent cheap...

personally i would go with 1-ton running gear since you are running a 460...

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Yeah, that is true Aaron. I didn't even register the engine he had built... I was thinking stock 302 5.0

As far as the Dana 44's I listed the two basics for him. I doubt with 35" tires hes gonna want to leaf the front.




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35's and leafs? Whats wrong with that? It's decent for me, I haven't tried putting Stitches through her full pace yet, I need a locker in the rear first and my 37's to show up.

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but like klitch's 1st post said, eary 90's D60 for the front and sterling 10.25 for the rear would be a good setup

Aaron

'95 F150 XLT, reg cab long bed, swapped 351w,
4.56 gears, 4-link SAS, 14" coil overs.

SAS Thread!!!

'04 F250 Lariat, crew cab short bed 4x4 6.0L PSD, 3.73 gears, straight piped,
sinister coolant filter, welded egr, CAT EC-1 coolant, blue spring.
60 gallon fuel tank/tool box, SCT X4 w/IDP custom tunes, SOON TO BE STUDDED!!



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