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I'm swapping my 97' s-10 to a solid front axle in the very near future. I've already purchased a Dana 30 with 4.10's, Rear leafs from the same model chevy s-10, and made the front x-member. Shackles are in the front.
The Dana 30 was pretty much a filler for now so I can spend my $$ on the other stuff for now, i.e. springs, drop pitman arm, surprises. I'll do just the basics to get it rolling. Probably not even get a front driveshaft.

Q#1. I have a 233C TC. I'm assumine this is the electronic version of the 231. I was told my someone at Extreme Gears (plug) <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> in SAC, CA that it looks the same as the 231. Can anyone else confirm this?

Q#2. I have a funky cv shaft looking thing on the front of the TC. It's about 8" long total till the shaft comes out. I'm assuming it's bolted on there and has the same output shaft as the 231, whereas I could get a regular 231 yoke and bolt it on for my front shaft. Any input would help.

Q#3. I really don't want to go swapping the TC till WAY down the road, the truck only has 42K on it. I plan on doing regular 4x'n, not major rock crawling. What axle would be too strong for this TC? I would rather break an axle before a TC. We all know the D60 is the way to go, but would the TC go before the axle??

The rear end will end up a Ford 9" that I already have in another truck in AZ so thats a given factor. It has factory disk brakes and already narrowed so you can see why I want that one. Just need to change the gears.

Q#4. Any recommended donors of full size axles that could be narrowed on just one side or something thereof? My truck has a drivers side diff. I know everyone mentions the early bronco axles, but really how many are floating out there, and how much do they go for, vs. narrowing a junkyard axle.

The engine is a 4.3 vortec that has an estimated 220 hp at least. Minimum tire size will be 35's. Thanks

[ 10-25-2001: Message edited by: sfazr2 ]
 

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Dodge uses a version of the 231 in 1/2 tons, so your t/c should be ok w/ a D44. Get one out of an '80's Waggoneer, but not one w/ vac. disconnect.
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I'm pretty sure a wagonneer has a pass side diff. Most of those early 80's had a pass side diff vs. my drivers side. Thanks, I"m pretty sure a 44 would work, but if I'm going to buy another axle, might as well get the 60 IF my TC can take it. I'm also considering a 9" front, but those seem to be in very short supply, especially with the driver side diff. I think the old mail jeeps had them though. I was at a junk yard today and noticed that. Maybe I swap the tubes and axles??
 

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Originally posted by sfazr2:
<STRONG>I'm pretty sure a wagonneer has a pass side diff. Most of those early 80's had a pass side diff vs. my drivers side. </STRONG>
Waggys from '80 up are driver's side diff, you must have been looking at 70's waggys.

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Originally posted by sfazr2:
<STRONG>hanks, I"m pretty sure a 44 would work, but if I'm going to buy another axle, might as well get the 60 IF my TC can take it. I'm also considering a 9" front, but those seem to be in very short supply, especially with the driver side diff. I think the old mail jeeps had them though. I was at a junk yard today and noticed that. Maybe I swap the tubes and axles??</STRONG>
Don't know what you saw, but mail Jeeps are 2WD and the 9" was never a factory front axle. If there's one under a mail Jeep, it's aftermarket and someone put it there, it's not factory.
 
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