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full size blazer axle exchange

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by richard lepech, Sep 27, 2001.

  1. richard lepech

    richard lepech Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    can i take the complete axle assemblies from a 1987 blazer and install them in a 1978 full size blazer?
  2. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    I'm no 4x4 expert - others here are much more qualified to answer your question than myself - but I believe that the axles themselves WILL bolt into your '78.

    My understanding is that they aren't as robust an axle (the newer ones are built lighter) and the driveshafts may not be a bolt-up switch, depending on the transfer cases used in the 2 different trucks.
  3. richard lepech

    richard lepech Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    lets try again. can i use complete axle assemblies from a 1978 full size blazer, and install them in a full size 1987 blazer?
  4. Power mad

    Power mad Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 75

    The axles themselvs will swap right in.
    The only thing is you might want to look into the u-joints.
    The front should be a direct swap.
    The rear u-joints on an 87 I believe are 1330 series and on a 78 they are 1310.
    But you should be able to get a hybrid u-joint to work.
    I know they make them for a 14FF swap.
    I might be wrong on the u-joint s in the rear though. I am not sure when they started using 1330 series u-joints.
  5. blzn74

    blzn74 Guest
    Messages: 0

    re:axel exchange

    The axles you plan to swap will infact bolt right up, I swapped out the axles from a 74 1/2 ton to a 78 3/4 ton and they bolted right up in about 6 hours of labor. * Becareful of the brake lines and the proportioning valves when doing swaps. If you swap out axles I recomend upgrading to a 3/4 ton or even 1 ton to strenghthen the rear end.
    The 3/4 ton axles are a dime a dozen and you could probley pick one up for around $250 bucks.
  6. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Good point on the axle upgrade, blzn74, BUT remember that the axle ratios must match front and rear.

    Also, the 3/4 ton axle is an 8 bolt/16" or 16.5" wheel while the 1/2 ton is a 6-bolt/15" wheel. If the tire's overall diameters are different, it's the same result as mismatched gear ratios.

    Generally, it's best to swap axles as "mates" that came out of the same truck, that way you know they'll work properly together.
  7. hotrodbob38

    hotrodbob38 Junior Member
    from 08757
    Messages: 1

    What Rob said...