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Old 10-18-2011, 08:56 PM
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1984 easy front axle swap

ok, got an old 84' f250 and i absolutely hate cross member front axles.

what year of Ford will have a straight axle with same gear ratio etc that will just fit right into my truck?

ive heard late 70's will do, but i want to make sure, to save myself much anger and frustration.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:47 PM
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You are after an 85.5-97 F350. You will want the front axle, springs, steering, track bar and bracket, and to make it 100% right, front driveshaft and transfer case output yoke.
You may even want to change out the transmssion crossmember, some of the F350 ones drop further for driveshaft clearance.
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no....just no. if i wanted a full front end replacement thats what i would have said. im asking just an axle. if i wanted to do that itd be cheaper to just buy a new truck and thats not what im looking forward to doing. im 18 with a low wage job i cant afford that. i just want to know what axle will fit right into place, with only having to change the axle and not my entire truck.
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Your TTB axle set up is completely different than a straight axle set up... You'll be looking at changing quite a bit no matter what.
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damnit all to hell. thanks for the help. looks like i got some craigslist shopping to do
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It all depends what's going on with the truck. If you just want it to get around leave it alone or repair it. If you are interested in a solid axle swap you could get away with using a HD Dana 44 front axle and still retain your coil springs. That would save on getting a set of leaf springs, and mounts. However you still need to consider steering (drag link, center link, pitman) and radius arm mounts... I guess I'd really only suggest the heavy 44 with coil mounts if you don't do a lot of towing. Actually come to think of it you'd probably have to gut a regular Dana 44 and put the HD stuff in OR hack the coil mounts off. Or maybe just 8 lug outters? I don't think there is a heavy duty Dana 44 with coil mounts. Sorry to get your hopes up! :P
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Fine, then go to craigslist.

Maybe before you come back here you'll fix your attitude (and maybe your English skills) and show some more appreciation towards those who try to help you.

Since you're going shopping again, I suggest you learn something about what it is you're considering buying before you spend all your money on it so you don't come crying back here with a ****-poor attitude towards others again.

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no....just no. if i wanted a full front end replacement thats what i would have said. im asking just an axle. if i wanted to do that itd be cheaper to just buy a new truck and thats not what im looking forward to doing. im 18 with a low wage job i cant afford that. i just want to know what axle will fit right into place, with only having to change the axle and not my entire truck.
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