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Dual wheel conversion

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by IHcubman, Aug 15, 2003.

  1. IHcubman

    IHcubman Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Still thinking about getting one of the 5/4-ton military trucks (don’t want to rush into anything ya know). My latest thoughts are that a dual wheel truck with a custom dump/flatbed would be the way to go. Now for the dumb question: are dual wheels easily adapted to the 14 bolt full floaters that come on those trucks or do I need an entirely different rear-end?

    I can get the truck already set-up this way (dual, cab & chassis) from some of the military surplus dealers, set up ready to go but, I still have some reservations with the 6.2 diesel. A local guy has two of the standard 5/4-ton pickups; with missing engines. I’m wondering if I’d be better off buying one of those and converting it to a 350-gas motor…

    The disadvantage that I can see by going to duals is that my current 7 ½’ Fisher plow (which I planned on swapping over from my current ½-ton) may not be wide enough.

    To make matters worse, I was at Home Depot last week and there was a guy there loading an 87 short bed (just like mine). He converted the axles to the full floater 14 bolt rear and Dana 60 front with 4:10’s and 1-ton suspension. He plows with the truck and says it’s bulletproof. Then, he tells me he is building a new set of axles with 4:56 gears and he’ll have the ones that are on it now for sale this fall (he built them up last year so they have low hours/miles on them). So that gets me to thinking about going through my truck one more time….

    Arrgh! Too much to think about!