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Converting a D44 to 8 lug possible?

I am wondering if I can convert my D44 to 8lug.

Reason being is Instead of running a 9" rear I will probably run a D60 FF that came off some Suburban that my buddy has. He is going to get rid of it cheap. Only problem is its 8 lug and my D44 is 5on5.5

I want the front and the rear to have the same lug pattern, what are my options?
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the '79 and older F-250's had a Dana 44 in the front that was 8 lug....you could pull the everything off one of them down to the axle tube (knuckles, spindles, brakes, ets.)
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that will be almost impossible to find.

its a 14bolt btw. i should just buy a 9" it will be easier.
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oy, try this link maybe it will give you a basic idea

http://ford.off-road.com/ford/articl....jsp?id=198393
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that will be almost impossible to find.

its a 14bolt btw. i should just buy a 9" it will be easier.
you would be surprised how easy it would be to find those parts in a junk yard......i know the one i go to all the time in Salem, IN has all kinds of mid to late '70s F-Series trucks....

i know where there is a 9" that i could probably sell ya....my brother has it....i am sure he wouldn't mind getting rid of it...
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it wont load... can you check that link again?
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You should... 'should' be able to buy the replacement hubs for the '79 F250 w/D44 that Maurice mentioned above and bolt those onto your axle.

A friend of mine did that exact thing with his. He has a 44 from a FSC on his yota and it came as a five lug. To swap to 6 lug all he did was swap the bearings/hub on the knuckle, it was pretty cheap too. So that may be something to look into...
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you would be surprised how easy it would be to find those parts in a junk yard......i know the one i go to all the time in Salem, IN has all kinds of mid to late '70s F-Series trucks....

do you know how much they would want for the 8lug knuckles out? or if they even have them? i would be willing to drive down and get it.
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^^or you can do that...
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You should... 'should' be able to buy the replacement hubs for the '79 F250 w/D44 that Maurice mentioned above and bolt those onto your axle.

A friend of mine did that exact thing with his. He has a 44 from a FSC on his yota and it came as a five lug. To swap to 6 lug all he did was swap the bearings/hub on the knuckle, it was pretty cheap too. So that may be something to look into...

you know i looked them both up. the 5 lug hug and rotor is 11.7" in diameter and the 8lug is 12.5" in diameter.

i am really not sure if that is too much of a difference or what? also the hub is a different length. so i would assume different outer shafts as well?
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do you know how much they would want for the 8lug knuckles out? or if they even have them? i would be willing to drive down and get it.
the only bad thing about them (which i didn't think about till now) is they will only sell the whole axle....i would assume they would ask ~$200 for the whole thing.....that is what they were asking for Explorer rear axles...
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i am really not sure if that is too much of a difference or what? also the hub is a different length. so i would assume different outer shafts as well?
the brakes isn't no big deal, just need the larger caliper brackets....

the shafts are the same....the only difference in the axles is the outter parts (brakes, hubs, etc)
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the brakes isn't no big deal, just need the larger caliper brackets....

the shafts are the same....the only difference in the axles is the outter parts (brakes, hubs, etc)

are you 100% sure tho? for 200 id buy the whole axle.
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i will call them when i get off.....i just called and the guy who prices them out wasn't there.......

if you can, call me around 4:45 and remind me
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oy, try this link maybe it will give you a basic idea

http://ford.off-road.com/ford/articl....jsp?id=198393

well after it finally loaded that will work. so i guess it boils down to which one i will find first.
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i will call them when i get off.....i just called and the guy who prices them out wasn't there.......

if you can, call me around 4:45 and remind me

alright. i have a test at 4:30... if you forget its no big deal plenty of time to figure it all out
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nvm then
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the TTB Dana 44's have different outters than the SFA Dana 44.....i can put Dana 44 TTB steering knuckles and brakes on my Dana 35 TTB, but i can't put SFA Dana 44 parts on my Dana 35 TTB.....
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next question will be can we assume that the 14bolt FF 8lug is the same bolt pattern as the Ford 8lug F250?
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alright. i have a test at 4:30... if you forget its no big deal plenty of time to figure it all out
call me before your test.....i will be off...
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next question will be can we assume that the 14bolt FF 8lug is the same bolt pattern as the Ford 8lug F250?
bolt patterns are the same....8x6.5"

only thing you might have to worry about is the hub diameter difference....i know the older Ford 3/4 ton hub diameter is bigger than the Dodges (my brother bought Ford aftermarket wheels for his Dodge once) but the Dodge hub diameter is too small for a Ford...
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bolt patterns are the same....8x6.5"

only thing you might have to worry about is the hub diameter difference....i know the older Ford 3/4 ton hub diameter is bigger than the Dodges (my brother bought Ford aftermarket wheels for his Dodge once) but the Dodge hub diameter is too small for a Ford...

well i am going to assume that there is only one size mainly. reason is these are the wheels i am going to run and they only have one wheel in that size

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
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HELL YES!!!! those wheels will look awsome on your truck!
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your gonna run dc1's sick.
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you can run any 8x6.5" outers for D44, Chevy or Ford. Chevy's have the better knuckle for highsteer.
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