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dana 44 closed knuckle

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Location: Indiana

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:53 am    Post subject: dana 44 closed knuckle Reply with quote

My brother just bought a j4000 with a dana 44 closed knuckle front axle. It has drum brakes. Does anyone know of any conversion to disk brakes. Let me know.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not an easy one - you can try calling about these to see if you can convert the Ford brakes to work on your axle. Actually, read the post about halfway down this page.
One of the reasons you see so much information for Scouts and Bronco's is because they have the same problem you and I do. Drum brakes and a 5 x 5.5 wheel bolt pattern. This same bolt pattern was used on 2 and 4 wheel drive Ford 1/2 ton/Bronco from about '73 to '95. Those are the years you need parts from.
Ford spindles from those years used the same wheel bearings as Chevy until about mid-year '74 and Jeep until about '76. After that Chevy and Jeep went to a larger bearing and spindle. If you can get an axle from an early Chevy/Jeep with the smaller bearing/spindle then you can just slide the Ford hub/rotor over the spindle and you're there. Or you can find an early spindle to put on a later Chevy/Jeep axle. You can't easily swap on a Ford spindle cause it uses 5 bolts rather than 6. Once you get that done you pull the check valve out of the front side of the master cylinder and you should be home free.

Don't be fooled into thinking I'm an expert because I did all the research about 5 years ago and probably forgotten a few things. I've since lost all my really good documentation, but I got it all off the internet. I've had all the parts laying around here for 3 or 4 years and haven't gotten around to
installing them yet. At this point I doubt I ever will. It sure would be nice to have disc brakes and a better turning radius though.

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