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Unread 02-13-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
big_o_tom
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Swapping axles, which brakes to keep.

Ive thinking of doing a front axle swap on my cj. In researching this I probably should go with a chevy dana 44. But, I just got new(used) rims and new tires so I would like to keep the 5-5.5 bolt pattern. Ive read where I can use a chevy small spindle, and ford hub but which caliper? Im assuming that a '78 cj uses a ford style brake set up. Is a chevy system any better? One day I would like to put discs on the rear scout 44 and I think that kit uses chevy brakes. What Im asking is would it be better to use a chevy 44 with ford hubs and brakes or use all chevy parts? I know one thing leads to another, if I go with all chevy stuff in front then I need to have the rear axle flanges redrilled or buy custom shafts made for a 6 lug chevy pattern.

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Unread 02-13-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by big_o_tom
Ive thinking of doing a front axle swap on my cj. In researching this I probably should go with a chevy dana 44. But, I just got new(used) rims and new tires so I would like to keep the 5-5.5 bolt pattern. Ive read where I can use a chevy small spindle, and ford hub but which caliper? Im assuming that a '78 cj uses a ford style brake set up. Is a chevy system any better? One day I would like to put discs on the rear scout 44 and I think that kit uses chevy brakes. What Im asking is would it be better to use a chevy 44 with ford hubs and brakes or use all chevy parts? I know one thing leads to another, if I go with all chevy stuff in front then I need to have the rear axle flanges redrilled or buy custom shafts made for a 6 lug chevy pattern.
This information is all over the net. Chevy small bearing spindle. Chevy caliper brackets and calipers. Ford seals and bearings. Ford hubs and rotors.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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why not a Scout 2 front Dana 44 or a Waggy I did a Scout 44
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Unread 02-13-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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Ive already got a scout front but never installed it. You can check the "another axle? " thread to see what Im wanting to do. With all the different combo's that can be done I might just get a set of wheel spacers for the front dana 30 and run it till it breaks!
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