IFS to Solid Axle

Has anyone here done the IFS to Solid axle replacement on a Chev or GMC full size?

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I geuss the answer is no.
Can't get info all the time,
Blair

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On Wed, 3 May 2006 15:24:12 -0400, "Blair"

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I'm about to attempt this myself with my 96 Yukon. There are a few places you can get leaf spring brackets for - the place I'm going to buy from is ORU. www.offroadunlimited
For the Chevy trucks that have IFS, they have the transfer case output for the front diff on the drivers side - that means you need a solid front axle that has the pumpkin on the drivers side as well. The most common path for guys to do this swap is to get a Dana 44 or 60 from a Ford truck. The suite spot is a Dana 60 from a 78 or 79 Ford, they have kingpins (strong) and the most correct spacing to allow for good positioning of the leaf springs - although these are getting hard to find, and are expensive when you do find them. I looked for a long time before I found one at a decent price.
If you decide to go the route of the Dana 44, it's not quite as strong, but you can then swap out the Dana knuckles for GM 10-bolt knuckles (they fit perfectly) and then you can keep your 6 bolt rims so they match the rear. I actually bought a Dana 44 first and was going to do this because I already have 10 bolt knuckles... but after looking at the costs involved, I figured I'd just build up a Dana 60 and be done with it. A built up Dana 44 with aftermarket parts (and lots of $$) is about as strong as a stock Dana 60. Depends on what you plan to do with your truck - if you don't wheel your truck much, then a Dana 44 would probably do fine.
So far I've spent a ton of $$ on the parts and am nowhere near finished collecting everything I need to get this swap done. Make no mistake, this is not a cheap project. Plenty of people have done this before though - look around the truck forums like pirate4x4 and fullsizechevy and you'll find lots more info on this subject.
SuperDave
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