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Old 10-09-2018, 01:13 PM   #1
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Default Advice on axle/disc brake upgrades

I'm getting the bugs worked out on my 800B and starting to drive it more (finally!!) and I am quickly realizing the brakes and steering are not up to par. I have a 30 in the front and a flanged axle 44 tracklok in the rear. Earlier this year I did the 2 inch CPT lift and the shackle reversal too, which then ended up with a new front driveshaft. It rides nice but I would love to do an SOA on it at some point.

So I looked on the IHParts site and found the front disc conversion is around $900+ and I am thinking maybe I would be better off to either buy a D44 from a Scout II ($950 complete at wrecking yard in the correct ratio too) or should I buy a used one private party for $300 and have it rebuilt and changed to 3.73?

Bottom line is it seems like a waste to spend $1k on disc brakes when I can go to a 44 front with disc brakes for around the same price. Does that sound like a reasonable assumption or am I missing something else that will be an expense on going to the 44?

EDIT: Ok I called River City Differential in SAC and spoke with Sean there. He suggested getting a wagoneer FA as it would have the caster built in and also with my shackle reversal it seems like it would be easy to take out the spacers I needed and use 2.5" springs in front? I have no idea if there are some years that are better than others... sure could use any knowledge that is willing to be shared! TIA.
Current situation:

1) Running - 1967 800 w/196E named the "Orange & Vanilla"
2) Parts - 1969 800A w/196 named "the purple one"
3) Running - 1971 800B Comanche 304/4sp
4) Frame & Tub - 1971 800B donor for Comanche

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Old 10-09-2018, 02:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Advice on axle/disc brake upgrades

Wrecking yard is really proud of that D44 FA.
Coal Trickle - '99 Dodge Ram SLT 2500 Q-Cab SWB 4x4 - 5.9L 24V CTD/NV4500/8800# GVW/12K# winch
Hooty - '74 SII 4x4 - 392/TF727/D20/3.73 D44's/Spartan FA/Krac-lok RA/33g Fuel
Lemuel - '73 1210 Reg Cab 4x4 CS - 304/TF727/NP205/4.09 FA25 & 4.10 RA16/6800# GVW - "Pull Lemuel, pull!"
Organ Donor - '72 1210 Reg Cab 2WD - seized 392/TF727/7500# GVW - "Use my body to keep you alive!"
Mongo - '71 1210 Reg Cab 2WD - 345/TF727/4.10 RA17/6100# GVW - "Mongo love candy! Duh, huh, huh!"
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