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« on: August 01, 2006, 07:49:13 PM »

I have 86 chevy 1/2ton with 10 bolt rear. I work with a guy that has an 85 4 door 1 ton 2x4. He is willing to trade me rear axles but i am wondering if i could do a 1 for 1 swap. They are both stock rear ends, would the brakes lines match and would the drive shaft hook right up.
And also if i were to buy a wheel adapter so that i could keep my rims for now until i find a bigger front end would the wheel adapter work.
Thank you for all your help.
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2006, 08:38:29 AM »

No, it's not quite that easy. Brake lines will be fine, driveshaft will need to be shortened and need a larger rear u joint most likely but the biggest problem is wheels. There is no way an adapter will be able to fit a 6 lug wheel to a full floater 8 lug axle. You can run a 3/4 ton 10 bolt front axle and then you'd have 8 lugs front and rear. A Dana 60 1 ton front axle would be ideal but unless you are running big tires and doing serious stuff with your truck the 3/4 ton will suffice for now.

The 14 bolt FF rear axles are a dime a dozen so if this doesn't work out you'll find plenty of others later.

Hope this helps

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