73 dodge d44 - Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum
 
Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum  

Go Back   Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum > Brand Specific Tech > Dodge
Notices

Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-24-2014, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
lifted85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Member # 201844
Location: libby, mt
Posts: 77
73 dodge d44

hey boy's, i got a deal on a 73 dodge 3/4 ton d44 with drum's but got every thing to swap it over to disk's, but is there a problem/difference between the 203 & 205 truck's?? some have said the 73's are a low pinion d44, am i goin to have problems with this swap?? the truck will also be lifted so that change's the angle's a bit as well... any info would be great..
__________________
when ya dont make it the first time, go faster the 2nd time
lifted85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2014, 11:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Elwenil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Member # 41063
Location: Covington, VA
Posts: 6,452
Some claim the pinion is much lower on the divorced transfer case trucks when compared to the later trucks but when I measured mine I couldn't tell much difference. I'd check it out with an angle finder just to be sure but people have said they have swapped the divorced transfer case D44, D44HD and D70 front axles into truck with mated transfer cases and not had any issues while others claim the opposite. If there is a difference, it's not much but may be enough to cause problems with a large lift.
__________________
1988 Dodge AW450 Ramcharger - 318TBI - NP435 - NP205 - D60s
Elwenil is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 01-25-2014, 12:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
lifted85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Member # 201844
Location: libby, mt
Posts: 77
i don't got a angle finder i plan to lift the truck no more than 6", i can either swap in a chevy d44 3/4 ton axle axle, which i have read a guy did it with zero problem's beside's bowing in the front spring's .5", or i can swap gear's in my 1/2 ton axle which i have never done & dont really got the cash to fork out to pay a shop to do or swap this 73 axle in... if you were in my shoe's which would you do EL??
__________________
when ya dont make it the first time, go faster the 2nd time
lifted85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 12:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Elwenil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Member # 41063
Location: Covington, VA
Posts: 6,452
I'd go to Home Depot or Lowes and pick up an angle finder for $12.

Seriously though, the GM axle is a bit more involved since GM axles use different brake lines and your Dodge stuff won't work. Swapping gears is possible but will require some tools like a dial indicator, some shims, marking compound, etc. Considering the hassle of the above options, I think I'd take a chance and get an angle finder and compare the angles on your current axle versus the '73 axle. Keep in mind that people typically run into issue with the front driveshaft with a 6" lift when using a typical '75-'93 front axle. That is the reason you hear people swapping to GM front axle yokes and going to two U-joint shafts. If the pinion is lower on the '73 axle, it's just going to compound the problem.
__________________
1988 Dodge AW450 Ramcharger - 318TBI - NP435 - NP205 - D60s
Elwenil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2014, 12:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Elwenil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Member # 41063
Location: Covington, VA
Posts: 6,452
Alternatively, Amazon has a good angle finder for $9:

Johnson Level & Tool and Tool 700 Magnetic Angle Locator - Amazon.com

A good tool to have around when trying to figure out pinion angles and so on.
__________________
1988 Dodge AW450 Ramcharger - 318TBI - NP435 - NP205 - D60s
Elwenil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2014, 11:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Member # 17632
Location: West Sacramento, CA
Posts: 6,055
Just to be clear, all of the '93-down dodge 44s are low pinion. The difference people are talking about is the pinion ANGLE being lower as built and installed in the truck. I personally wouldn't sweat it since it would only be a couple degrees if any. It's not like any of the trucks have the pinion pointing at the ground.
Travis..
__________________
91.5 Dodge 6BT 5 spd
86 F350 single wheel 4x4 crew, 6.9/4 spd/GV
crashnzuk is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.