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Front end upgrade for 86

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by welj31, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. welj31

    welj31 Member
    Messages: 58

    Now for the front end of my 86 3/4 ton sub any front end upgrades ??
    Keeping in mind the diesel upgrade comming
    I think if I use a locker on front it will be a air locker so i can turn off but what about front axle ? can anyone ID it? and is there a better set up/ thanks
  2. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Your sub has a 10 bolt axle. Similar to a Dana 44.
  3. Kunker

    Kunker Member
    Messages: 96

    Dana 60 is what you want if you're going diesel down the road. Good luck finding one though.
  4. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Dana 60 from a 70s era Ford.

    Personally I'd like to build a truck like that but put in an IFS frontend like my 97 has.
  5. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    btw, what's the diesel upgrade you mentioned?
  6. welj31

    welj31 Member
    Messages: 58


    12v cum or what ever I can find in that range
  7. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Cool, I've been wanting a 3/4 Suburban, but one of the issues is finding one with enough motor to pull my camper. 350 isn't big enough, 454 is a gas hog, 6.2s are dogs, and the 6.5 turbo wasn't available until 93 (I think), and they are really hard to find.

    Love the 80s bodystyle, if I had the wherewithal I'd love to build one with a modern diesel for power.

    Good luck with your endeavor.Take lots of pictures of the build.
  8. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

    I saw recently on Ebay, there was an 80's Chevy 4x4 that had a cummins in it.

    It might still be on there, I dont think it was that long ago and if it didnt sell it will probebly be relisted again sometime.

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    You could have a Corporate 10bolt or a Dana 44 both were available in 3/4ton pickups I've had both. For an upgrade find yourself a Dana 60 they are more available than you've been told it just depends how much you want to spend. You could have one in a few days if needed, if you are trying to find one on craigslist it might take a few weeks. It's easier to get one out of a Chevy rather than changing one over to fit.
  10. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    You're right, my bad. Lost my head somehow. Was thinking about the newer trucks, forgot we were talking about an 80s truck. The 90s stuff needs a Ford 60 for lining up the pumpkin to the t-case. For 80s it's a direct fit because they were still available in the front of the 1 tons.