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What bolts hold the 98+ front 4x4 axle

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so what holds the pig to the truck?
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there is 3 brackets, one on the left frame rail and two under the motor mounts.
i think i posted all 3 and the axle in my swap thread.

i had to fab the frame rail bracket, and had to reinforce it after the first test in 4 low cracked it lol
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i think i may have a spare axle bracket somewhere in the garage
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so, any idea on the lengths and thickness on the bolts?

And would grade 8 be a good option?
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I used 3.5" x 1/2" grade 8s on mine.

Heres a pic of my 3rd bracket doing the mock up before I straightened it out and welded it. Could probably use a couple of gussets, but it didn't even flinch in 4LO

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grade 8 should be your only option....anything less than that is dangerous....
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grade 8 should be your only option....anything less than that is dangerous....

yeah, i knew id use grade 8, just didnt know if there was a right size for it, or if i should get factory hardware


and Ryan, how come your third bracket looks lower on the frame then marks?
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My bracket comes out underneath the third bracket, Mark's comes out on top of it. Marks is closer to the factory setup than mine.
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ryan. you seriously need to re-do that frame bracket. the axle pulls up under load and that set-up you have is not gonna last.
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Its already been welded to the frame so its not gonna be moving from there. I will clean up the corners and put a couple of gussets in it to keep it from bending or flexing though.
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my first atempt was like yours, on the bottom. it was welded, and you can see in the pic where i removed it .
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Whatever dude mine may not be as pretty as yours is but its far thicker. Mine didn't crack on my first trip in 4lo or any attempt yet. It hasn't bent, flexed, cracked, or moved one bit. It may need a gusset but just because its underneath doesn't mean it won't last. I can jack the truck up by that piece of steel, and if the axle exerts those kinds of forces on it then I should also be worried about it driving itself right out of the factory mounting locations. If the bracket does not last, I'll come back to this thread and apologize to you, but I'm confident I won't be doing that.
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