I really dont see how its 6k. You can get a hi pinion dana44 that is in good shape for not that much. Hell for 1k you can get it geared, locked, disc'd(new brakes) with perches. This is actually the route im going to go, swap in a dana44 then when i have enough for a 60 swap in the 60 and use the 44 for a future project.
14 bolt bolt in ready, with 6 lug hubs(if you need/want them, if not then minus 500), gears, detroit, perches and disc brakes = 1500
Dana44 hi pinion gears etc...1000 plus or minus a hundred
springs for the front couple hundred
hangers, brake lines few hundred more
I understand if you want new wheels, tires, transfer case, 1000 dollar used axle etc...but they arent necessary for the swap .
ight.....this may sound like a complete dumbass question but can you move the spring perches of an axle? Like to make any driver side diff. front axle compatible for a Sfa swap on a chevy and for use with wider tires?
Dan - all of those numbers look good on paper but arnt realistic. It will cost you more than that I 100% promise. No way can you get a d44 geared locked and rebuilt for 1000 unless you get incredibally lucky. You can look at my price list, shit is ALWAYS more than it seems.
As far as moving perches you cant on the front because the diff side perch is cast into the housing.
im taking it you mean so you can basicly make a gm axle work anyway by moving the perches and not needing a new T-case. No it will nto work. To do that theaxle would actually need flipped end for end which in turn would throw your steering componets and everything off. BUT perches can be moved inward and outward on the tube for different width frame trucks
And you can't flip the axle end over end or else it will drive backwards... You can do it but it involves pressing the tubes out of the diff and swapping the tubes to the other side... But then you have to weld on a new perch on the diff side since the cast into the housing will be on the wrong side of the diff. Alot of work for a dana 44...
no, but there is still alot of other things. You WILL need tires and wheel, the stazworks werent cheap but not outragious - 1000 for all 4. Steel ones are like 400ish. 35 splines shafts were 200, dont have a front locker, and t-case was 300 so like 1500 off what i spent. 2500 even, and your still at 7000-7500
i could do a full dana 44 SFA for about 2500. i have a friend that did it on his blazer with a 9" rear for about that cost and rebuilt both axles. i had a dana 44 purchased for my 95, but never got around to it. if you get the axles cheap enough, it is very possible to do this swap for notalot of cash
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