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Old 12-26-2018, 03:10 PM
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Parts Truck into trailer question

I have a 1987 f250 2wd parts truck that I'm considering a converting into a truck bed trailer. (once I salvage all I can off it of course) I've seen quite a few of these on the road with the rear axle in place, Or they install a trailer axle with electric brakes. Leaving the rear axle installed seems like a lot of extra weigh to tow around, which leads me to my questions.

1. Could I install the 2wd front axle under the bed?

2. Is there a way to utilize the front disc brakes?
 
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Old 12-26-2018, 04:02 PM
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Thinking I figured out this won't work because the front axle is for steering. Also, shocks won't mount in the same place. Probably the leafs also. Oh well
 
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You could use a front axle and weld the steering system so it won't pivot, but I've never seen anyone damage the rear axle on a trailer like these. Typically they get loaded the same way they would if the rest of the truck was attached and running.
 
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Suggestion, Remove rear axles cut off cap, reinstall cap, top rear end with oil. Now you won't have the drag of the third member gears spinning. to further reduce weight you can remove the piion and gears and bolt or weld a flat plate in place. Then repack rear wheel bearings with a good grease.
 
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I've done in the past using full-floating axles in other applications. As TJ stated above said.... If you have a true full-floating axle, remove the axle shafts and cut off the drive flange. Pack the wheel bearings with grease, and reassemble like normal using the axle flange as a cap now. Pull and toss the differential and ring gear in the scrap pile, and replace the diff cover with nothing inside.

With all the extra work and cost involved, that it would take to install a trailer axle, it's not worth it for this application really. You wont be saving that much weight, and the point of a truck-trailer is because it is basically free.

On a side note... here's my own hillbilly enclosed trailer out of F150 sporting a 9" axle. When not attached to a truck, and empty, I can move it around, pushing it by hand no problem. Their not that heavy.





 
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Being a Dana, there are options. If it was a 1/2 ton with 8.8 I wouldn't change it.
 


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