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Time to upgrade rear end

farmer

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V8 Engine Swap
Joined
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Location
Rochester, NH
Vehicle Year
Mix of 78-96
Make / Model
Ford donors
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
357w
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
Solid Axle Swap 4x4
Total Lift
13ish
Tire Size
39.5x15.5
I've got a dilemma, here's the background
Trucks running a Scout II Dana 44 rear end, right width and bolt pattern to match my narrow HP 44 front. Running 38" TSLs with the 2.9, probably will V8 within the year.
Thursday the rear wheel bearing grenaded on my way home from work, destroyed retainer plate, scarred up axle shaft splines, and chunks of bearing welded themselves and the race to the housing. If it weren't for the race being stuck in the housing I would keep running it.
So time to replace... What to replace with?
I can get a ff60 for cheap, and my buddy has the 4.88 gears I need to match the front, narrowing it doesn't look too bad, besides the alignment bar. Get Set10 bearing ends and cut to fit the current scout II axle shafts.
Cab and chassis 14 bolt, right width already, I could bring the hubs to work, turn them down, and redrill to 5x5.5
Or do the 14 bolt, what do I need to convert front to 8 lug? It's all 79 parts up front, will 15" 8 lug wheels fit?
What else do you guys think? My scatter brains can't make a decision...
 


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farmer

Active Member
V8 Engine Swap
Joined
Jun 13, 2010
Messages
568
Reaction score
54
Points
28
Location
Rochester, NH
Vehicle Year
Mix of 78-96
Make / Model
Ford donors
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
357w
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
Solid Axle Swap 4x4
Total Lift
13ish
Tire Size
39.5x15.5
Wound up biting the bullet and doing the narrow 14 bolt, gears and install kit are in, I have a Detroit locker kicking around for it, going to pull the axle tomorrow. Ruffstuff swap parts on order. Going to redrill the hubs to 5x5.5 and add disk brakes.
Shouldn't worry about breaking anymore
 

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