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great wheel choice,dc1's rock.
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you can run any 8x6.5" outers for D44, Chevy or Ford. Chevy's have the better knuckle for highsteer.

wait.. so with my current inner knuckles i can run the 8lug outers hub and disc?

same caliper bracket? and caliper?

btw i want to run those ReidRacing 4hole for high steer arms.

although from my understanding some chevys also had D44 with 8lug, just not sure what models.
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wait.. so with my current inner knuckles i can run the 8lug outers hub and disc?
i think he means by outters is the knuckle out.....
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you should of went with a KMC wheel..

i really like XD series!!
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you should of went with a KMC wheel..

i really like XD series!!
i hear ya, but after seeing some of their prices at the Jamboree, they are WAY too high!
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you should of went with a KMC wheel..

i really like XD series!!

i have not bought anything yet
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i have not bought anything yet
maybe one day somebody will get some on a ranger and you will be like holla son

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i hear ya, but after seeing some of their prices at the Jamboree, they are WAY too high!
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i guess...
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maybe one day somebody will get some on a ranger and you will be like holla son

yea well who knows when that will be
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this issue has been resolved.

friend of mine at work has a 78-79 D44 from a 3/4 ton its 8lug. He is only like 5 miles from my house. said 50 bucks would probably be alright for the front. might grab the rear too idk.

if that one is junk he has a D44 from a 3/4 ton chevy that is 8 lug too.

he has the matching rear axles as well. so whatever he has should work out. :)
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sweet find man! glad you got you a 8 lug axle.....now install that 14 bolt in the rear!
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yeah sounds like ill have the option of a 14 bolt, D60, or whatever the other guy has that started this thread in the first place. lol

if he only wants 50 each ill just buy both fronts from the ford and the chevy. that is if the chevy has passenger side flattop knuckle.
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i wouldn't pass up both axles for $100....that is a steal for a 2 Dana 44s...
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oh i know. they probably wont go anywhere even if i dont buy both right away. but i want that ford D44.
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The Chevy or Ford 8 lugs should work just fine for you.

I'd go with the rear 60 over the 14 bolt though. They're both more axle than you could possibly need in your Ranger, but the 60's chunk doesn't drag nearly as much as the 14 bolt does.

But with the 14 bolt you could get lucky and get a stock detroit and 4.56 gears I think... Decisions decisions!
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well tomorrow he is dropping off the D44 and D60 from the ford. both are not in too bad of shape. ill get pics tomorrow.

2 piston calipers, big brakes, bug hubs... me likey. cant wait! the D60 does anyone know if that is a FF? or how can i tell if it is?
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well tomorrow he is dropping off the D44 and D60 from the ford. both are not in too bad of shape. ill get pics tomorrow.

2 piston calipers, big brakes, bug hubs... me likey. cant wait! the D60 does anyone know if that is a FF? or how can i tell if it is?
it is FF only rear D60 that isnt is a 35 spline SF cclip axle. Which is very rare. It will have 30 spline shafts since it is FF.

Edit: get something other then DC1's to many trucks have them and frankly they are ugly.....
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it is FF only rear D60 that isnt is a 35 spline SF cclip axle. Which is very rare. It will have 30 spline shafts since it is FF.

Edit: get something other then DC1's to many trucks have them and frankly they are ugly.....

FF it is then, after taking it apart this afternoon i decided it was probably a FF.

is the outside piece like a front hub? as in it comes apart from the drum brake? i want to ditch the drums and run BTF's D60 disc brake kit.


as for the wheels. idk we will see. they look much better when they are a larger size than 15 or 16.
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sorry for the fact that they are really crappy quality pictures. but here they are stripped down from when i got them earlier today. the rear axle looks to be in really good shape. front axle could use some work.

i also got wheel and tires all for 85$ delivered btw. lol




D60 pumkins are rather large!


the hubs are huge.

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good choice zach,those look very beefy.
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You got a steal on those! Nice find.
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thanks guys. i cant wait to start rebuilding them, should be a perfect fit for the truck.
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