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expo axle swap.....

well i got my axle and started taking it a part cleaning it up and puting new seals in it ect. both axle seals are in and the pinion seal is in. have everything i need for the swap except leaf plates. what did you guys use for this??? i want the ones from ruffstuff but its to much $$$$ might try the jy for some stock expo ones but i dont know yet. still have a bit of work to do until it goes in the truck so not in a big hurry. have to replace ebrake shoes and cables, right backing plate has to be fixed cause it was all banged up...ford wants 200 for a new one...lol not happening, anyways heres some pics ...

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oh and the start of my front hitch...soon it will be on

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where'd u find the axle paul?
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where'd u find the axle paul?
out of an expo...lol
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haha junkyard? or did u buy d-rocks?
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d rock has one......whats he doing with it????
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last time i heard he was selling cause of the rims he bought from u.. lmao
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i still want pics of them on his truck...how much was he asking i know a guy looking for one also..
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i can't speak for him but i think he said 100$
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cool i will call him tomorrow and see. now sell me your cb bracket and bed extender...
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i was actually looking at another cb mount so i might lol my new tails won't look good with a wire infront on it haha
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cool man let me know cause i want one bad
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i cut the old perches off and welded them back on and mine works great
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already done i need the plate that the ubolts go into and clamp down on the leafs...
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already done i need the plate that the ubolts go into and clamp down on the leafs...
I think you'll need 97-04 F-150 ubolts and spring plates to fit the axle. At least that's what I recall working. All because of the bigger axle tubes. If you could find Level II spring plates and ubolts, you could use them. Last time I knew they were discontinued (ubolts and spring plates separate) but you could get them with a new axle. lol
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i have heard of people bending the ubolt to fit the 28 spline plate doesnt sound like a good idea to me...
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up date one side done and new braKE lines on..
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For the Ubolts can't you just go to a Drive line shop and ask them to bend you up new ones? It should be really cheap, and you shouldn't reuse Ubolts anyways.

Worst comes to worst, why not hit the junkyard and pull some spring plates?
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ya i am getting new ubolts and i will try a scrap yard for the spring plates
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I have some expo 31 spline spring plates sitting in my garage.... Do those interest you?

Also good work on the projects!

I think the hitch is 26.25in wide with the hitch centered on that....
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cool man thanks and ya they do interest me
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You'll have to taper the ends of the hitch to get it to fit inside the frame... It's 26.25in boxed, but the end that faces the front of the truck gets shaved down about .5in towards the back of the sq. tubing for the hitch... If that makes sense...

Also, if you flip the hitch upside down like mine, notch out the the factory x-member completely and set the top of the hitch flush with the top of the x-member... If that makes sense too...

As long as you pay shipping you can have them free of charge man. Another member on here has persuaded me not to sell to Canada, but if you're honest and keep in touch with me, we can work it out. It's up to you man.
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well i am not here to mess around with people and screw them around so ya i want them let me know how much and i will send you the money thanks. will send you pm with info.
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