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Unread 01-13-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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Dana & 9" Question

I'm doing a axle swap on my YJ and bought a Dana 44 out of a 78 chevy. I have a Ford 9" for the rear... The problem is that the front is 6 lug and the rear is 5 lug... Can i swap out the hubs on the front to a Ford style so it's 5 lug ?? or am I stuck trying to make the rear 6 lug????

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Unread 01-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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I was not aware that Chevy used Dana 44.
I thought they used 10 bolts?
Anyway if the Chevy front end uses the small bearing spindle you should be able to use the hub and rotor from a 76 though 85 Ford.
This will change it to 5x 5 1/2.
Not sure is your backing plate will work or not you would have to compare the size of both rotors.
http://completeoffroad.com/i-123135-...6-85-ford.html
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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:21 PM   #3
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I've actually got the axle you want/are talking about. Full size 70's chevy d44 I turned it to 5x5.5 by swapping over Ford everything from the knuckles out. I ended up scrapping the idea but still have the axle with brand new warn hubs, calipers, pads and 4.56 gears installed. What are you doing about the tcase?
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Unread 01-13-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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I'm doing a axle swap on my YJ and bought a Dana 44 out of a 78 chevy. I have a Ford 9" for the rear... The problem is that the front is 6 lug and the rear is 5 lug... Can i swap out the hubs on the front to a Ford style so it's 5 lug ?? or am I stuck trying to make the rear 6 lug????
Your going to have more problems then just the number of wheel studs.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 03:32 PM   #5
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Not really. Tcase is the biggest issue I see. That's what a d300 is for though
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Unread 01-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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Not really. Tcase is the biggest issue I see. That's what a d300 is for though
Do some more research before you say that.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 03:42 PM   #7
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What issues? I've done the swap. The axle is in my garage. Like I said knuckles out. Enlighten me if you know something more?
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Unread 01-13-2013, 04:36 PM   #8
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What issues? I've done the swap. The axle is in my garage. Like I said knuckles out. Enlighten me if you know something more?
From your original post you sy you are doing an axle swap. Now you are saying you have done the swap.

What did you do for;
Steering
Brakes
Axle width
Adapting the flipped D300
Driveshafts
DL angle

These are just the few that jump to mind.

Not saying it cannot be done nor am I saying you could not do it. But your question on the wheel studs is so very basic that it leads me to believe there is a bigger picture we are not seeing.

To answer your question. The Chevy and Ford parts are interchangeable provided you select the proper components. Chevy is a 6 bolt spindle and the Ford a 5 bolt. Each has big and small bearing spindles. Google Mr. N`s Dana 44 site and you can get a wealth of information.

The easiest way is to replace everything from the ball joint out with Ford 1/2 ton parts. Including the stub shaft. But before you jump to that route you need to ask how your going to do your steering. Are you going to try and keep some semblance of Ackerman or are you going to be satisfied with a high steer that handles like crap. Cross over or the crappy Y link ? What are your plans for scrub radius ?

Do you think your YJ master cylinder is going to work with the larger wheel cylinders of the 9 inch and larger piston of the front disc ?

It won`t......
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Unread 01-13-2013, 08:00 PM   #9
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I'm swapping the Motor, trans and T case to all chevy. I already have all the major parts. Just not sure what to do about the lug issue.
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Your question on the wheel studs is so very basic that it leads me to believe there is a bigger picture we are not seeing!!

To answer your question. The Chevy and Ford parts are interchangeable provided you select the proper components. Chevy is a 6 bolt spindle and the Ford a 5 bolt. Each has big and small bearing spindles. Google Mr. N`s Dana 44 site and you can get a wealth of information.

The easiest way is to replace everything from the ball joint out with Ford 1/2 ton parts. Including the stub shaft.
Mr. N's site has almost too much info. It can get overwhelming, I've been there before.

To get 5 x 5.5 using Ford parts with the GM spindle, you need the GM stub shaft. You can get away with using the Ford stub, but you won't be able to fit a snap ring on the end of the stub. Thus, eliminating the use of the locking hubs. It has been done before, but I wouldn't recommend doing it this way. Get the Chevy stub shafts.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 12:10 PM   #11
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http://d44tech.com/5LUG_CONVERSION.html

http://d44tech.com/index.html
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