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it usually came with a dana60 unless you have the light duty 3/4 ton....then its a d44.....i get a build sheet....got mine in less then 5 minutes....well aside from driving to the dealer, so 20 minutes total.
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Yea I HAD 2500 , the VIN and the stolen truck story in the 1st time I typed it in but somehow deleted the whole thing. So it has to be a dana 44 from a 94 or 95 4X4 3/4 ton 2500 only, correct?
Look at your door jam for the GVWR. HD is 8600+lbs and the LD should be 7400lbs. You can look at the rear axle too. If you have the LD the diff cover will be symmetric in every direction. If its an HD it will be shaped exactly like the front diff cover.
If you have the HD you will need to get a Dana 60 front from any 2nd gen dodge 2500 HD. You can get any year but as mentioned earlier there is a difference in control arms bolts in later years (sometime 99+ I can't remember).
If you have the LD 2500 it is very unlikely that you will ever find another LD 2500 to get an axle from. You are in luck though as you can either get a Dana 60 as it will bolt in (may want to get front drive shaft for the different u-joint size). You can also get a Dana 44 from a 2nd gen 1500 and swap you wheel bearings and rotors over as that is all that is different between the 1500 and 2500LD front axles.
Remember to get the same gear ratio no matter what axle you buy.
just swapped out a front axle on a 98 ram. I got a 95 front axle of craigslist for 100 bucks! Everything bolted up, but the sway bar and links were different... easy fix but something else to factor when looking for axles.
D44 3.54 sticker right under the hood anyhow, and I have found out that I would have to be extremely lucky find another LD 2500 to get an axle from, after looking every where remotely close.
I didn't want to do a bunch of swapping and modifying if I didn't have to (Not my Truck) but It looks like a 1500 and swap the hubs or a 2500 Dana 60 & driveshaft U-joint.
On the Dana 60 swap in regard to the bigger control arm bolts, what is the best way to deal with that, just use the D60 arms or what exactly.
By the way thanks for the info, I really didn't want to start getting the wrong parts for it.
You might need the entire Dana 60 front driveshaft as it may use larger u-joints. The t-case to driveshaft connection should be the same. I am not sure if the u-joints are different or not but I wanted to make you aware of the possible issue.
The Dana 60 does not use larger control arm bolts. Something with the bushings and bolts changed in the last few years but the change was across the board 1500-3500. Its a year thing not a size thing.
You can use abs or non abs axles too. It does not matter for you.
What make's you think that??
Yup that's me, pulling out all the stops. Junkyards want $700 for a newer 1500 w/ suspension bars even if there was one locally and I'd still need the knuckle assembly from a 2500 for the right side.