mixing DRW rear with SRW front axles on a custom build.

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  1. IDIoit

    IDIoit MachinistFabricator Supporting Member

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    so im looking at building a 4wd hotrod.
    the body is a mid 40's M-37
    the frame is already shortened and Z'd
    i have a DRW axle for the rear,
    and a late 70's D44 for the front

    i plan on using both of them with 37 x 12.5's on each corner.

    both axles have 4:10 ratio.

    any thing i should be looking at before i pull the trigger on the axle swap?

    rear end is designed for early 60's truck arm suspension.
     
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    Are you going to run singles or duals? You can run singles on a DRW axle with the correct rims. I don't know what your rear axle is out of but you may have lug pattern problems???
     
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    IDIoit MachinistFabricator Supporting Member

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    front is late 70's ford, the rear is 89 F350

    so both are 8 on 6.5
     
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    crash-harris Breaker! Breaker!

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    Mentioned it in someone's thread in the IDI section, but I have 37's on Bruiser's C&C DRW Sterling. Also using older 16.5" Budd wheels with 3.5" 6061 spacers. Haven't pulled anything to see if the internals wear in some fubar way, but have beat on it off road and pulled the 4 ton 5'er many times with the setup without failure. Deep dish wheels with a large enough center bore to not hang up on the full float hub might be better though.
     
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    IDIoit MachinistFabricator Supporting Member

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    this thing is only gonna weigh about 3000 lbs and have about a 119" wheel base, im not towin nothin, but my boat lol
     
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    crash-harris Breaker! Breaker!

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    I figured that much. It'll look sweet when you get it done...next century :D :angel:

    Bruiser weighs in a bit under 3 tons before some beefier suspension components (with both spares and driver).
     

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