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Offline harcorshe

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Dana 44 - Bolt-on External Hubs-Should I Convert??
« on: June 11, 2017, 01:43:49 PM »
I have a 3/4 ton Chevy. It's a 1978, but the previous owner switched to a NP205 T-Case with Dana 44 (8 Lug).

It has the big bolt-on external hubs with the six bolt flange.  It has a Superwinch hubs, but one is broken.

My question: I can get replacement external hub (Warn and Mile Marker still make them) OR should I convert to the, supposedly, stronger internal hub design....

Anyone familiar with what would be required to make this switch? Spindles? Caliper mounting plates? Stub axles?

Thanks!!
'78 K20
454
TH400
14 Bolt
205 Transfer Case

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Re: Dana 44 - Bolt-on External Hubs-Should I Convert??
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 04:40:47 PM »
I put the MM hubs on mine and they work great. No complaints.
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Re: Dana 44 - Bolt-on External Hubs-Should I Convert??
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 08:58:13 PM »

Thanks! Certainly save some $$ and hassle.

I just want to be sure that I won't have to replace them in the future, because after taking the spindle and steering arm off (what evil genius invented "cone washers"??), I have resolved to never do that again without a really good reason.
'78 K20
454
TH400
14 Bolt
205 Transfer Case

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Re: Dana 44 - Bolt-on External Hubs-Should I Convert??
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 05:51:59 AM »
Yes those can be challenging for sure but there are tricks to getting them free without total annihilation.
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Re: Dana 44 - Bolt-on External Hubs-Should I Convert??
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 05:52:14 PM »
Vile, can you share those tricks with us?
Thanks