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Old 07-22-2008, 08:29 AM
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Rear End Swap! ;)

After 215,000 miles I figured it was time to do something with the 8.25 rear end on my 98, So I swapped it out with a 9.25!






The $150 Junk Yard score! Made me appreciate the effectiveness of cutting torches





Terry from Performance Coatings Did a hell of a good job on the powder coating. He went the extra mile and did this jerkin-worthy job in a deep gloss black.





The new rear end, rebuilt with a Motive master overhaul kit, and the SSBC rear disc conversion kit. Turned out better than I thought..





Bed off and old axle out
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:38 AM
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New Axle in


Done

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A complete 8.25 with springs in a box
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:45 AM
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Sweet swap...anything useable in that bucket?
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:51 AM
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Looks GREATman, bet your loving the swap.............
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Sooo.... How's the braking and everything else? Worth the time and effort?
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:41 PM
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looks like crap!!! bad choice on rear... please return all parts to my drive-way lol j/k man looks great man how did the brake conversion go for you>?
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I didn't know there was an aftermarket swap kit for these axles. what are the details?

guess I could tool on over to SSBC to find out.

I love the axle in the bedroom picture!

I need toget off my arse and get the R/T axle that I have overhauled and under the truck. soon...very soon...
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:52 PM
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oh yea, so did you do the gear set up yourself? or take it to a shop?

I haven't done one myself, and can't seem to find anyone willing to help me out, and the last thing I want to be doing is my own warranty repair...gears ain't cheap!
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I just checked SSBC...914...probably over $1000 after shipping...OUCH!

what size are the rotors?

I wonder how much a stock rear disc kit would cost...from say, a junk yard axle...
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I just checked SSBC...914...probably over $1000 after shipping...OUCH!

what size are the rotors?

I wonder how much a stock rear disc kit would cost...from say, a junk yard axle...
Look for an '03+ axle. Factory rear discs.
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Sweet swap...anything useable in that bucket?
After 215,000 miles and a mikita cutoff saw... I would say no.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVvIt_tFBL4
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looks like crap!!! bad choice on rear... please return all parts to my drive-way lol j/k man looks great man how did the brake conversion go for you>?
Sorry man, the old parts are at the recyclers already... I got $40 for the 400lbs of scrap metal that was in the recycle bin!

The conversion is easy if your having a rear end rebuilt... I just handed the caliper brackets along with the other rear end parts. If your doing it on a complete axle, you need to pull the axle shafts in order to get the brackets on.

Other than that it's just hooking it all up, making a change to the proportioning valve, and bleeding the system. Not hard at all
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I didn't know there was an aftermarket swap kit for these axles. what are the details?

guess I could tool on over to SSBC to find out.

I love the axle in the bedroom picture!

I need toget off my arse and get the R/T axle that I have overhauled and under the truck. soon...very soon...
Actually the axle was in my living room.... Having it in the bedroom probably would creep some of the ladies out!

The SSBC kit is p/n A157. Pretty easy to install. Moe's will have it on sale for $729 as soon as I get off my dead a$$ and put it on.

I like SSBC's stuff, really top-notch! I even have their booster & master cylinder

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Very sweet setup. I swapped mine out not too long ago for a rebuilt one with 4.56s and disc brakes from an 03, but it was just swapping one 9.25 for another. I wish I could have afforded to do one up like that, because it looks great too. Did they originally mount your caliper brackets upside down? I noticed that in one picture the calipers on more on the bottom and on another they are more towards the top and look normal.

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Other than that it's just hooking it all up, making a change to the proportioning valve, and bleeding the system. Not hard at all
What did you do to adjust the proportioning valve and did you add one or is the stock one adjustable? I didnt do anything like that, I just put mine in and bled it and have been driving it around like that. It seems to brake normally even under hard braking. I didnt even know you could adjust anything on it.
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After 215,000 miles and a mikita cutoff saw... I would say no.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVvIt_tFBL4
the diff is still intact...lol

rear looks good man.
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