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post #1 of 9 Old 02-23-2013, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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K5 blazer 44

Anyone running this axle up front? I have one in the garage broken down and I'm about to get it setup for high steer. Just want to check to see if there is something that makes it a bad swap. I know about the having to outboard the spring hangars and swapping out hubs and rotors for 5 5.5. 35s are the biggest tires I will be running. Just dont want to waste money on a bad swap.

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-23-2013, 12:30 AM
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Nothing bad about if you don't mind the fullsize width and outboarding the springs. What are you planning to run in the rear?

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-23-2013, 12:34 AM
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Luckyirish, you should check out ColoradoK5.com its a great forum with more info on dana 44 mods than you'd ever care to know.
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I currently have the 12 bolt from the blazer, but with the C clips I think I'm going more towards a 9''. Thanks for the website.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-23-2013, 01:13 AM
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Late seventies Chevy Dana 44 is what I'm currently installing SOA. I cut 4" off the long side and am using a 1985 Waggy inner axle there now. I don't have to outboard either. Everything is lining up nicely. Looks like the wheels stick out 5" more on each side than my original narrow track Dana 30. I'm happy so far. I'm using waggy front springs and have to fabricate new front shackle mounts tomorrow to get the shackle angle correct.

I also run a 9" rear axle. I love that axle.
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-23-2013, 01:13 AM
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The Ford 9 is nice but I think the 12 bolt should be able to handle 35's without problems and if you use that you don't have to mess around with converting the front diff to 5 lug pattern.

Good luck with the project!

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There's nothing really different than any other D44 other than the width.

I run a narrowed Chevy D44 (K5 is the same as any other Chevy 1/2 ton D44) in my CJ5. Mine is just the 3/4 ton version with eight lugs.
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-23-2013, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Appreciate the info. The reason I may leave it full width is due to the 4l60e transmission pan. As of right now I'm a two wheel drive(actually 1) jeep. Even with offsetting the motor, the stock driveshaft will not bolt up. I figured a full width axle would help with that.

Bajaviking, I see you basically have same setup I do. How did you battle the driveline issue? When I clocked the 300, it seemed to make it worst, but I don't want to put it back to the stock location.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-23-2013, 07:43 PM
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I clocked my Dana 300 as far as I could without cutting the floor. I then had to make a skinny front driveshaft out of thickwall 1.5" chromoly tube and it just clears the oil pan on the tranny. I could probably have cut the side on the oilpan and gained a little more space but it was not needed.

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