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Old 02-14-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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Axle swap brackets

So I'm suppose to be doing an axle swap this weekend, but the brackets I was getting are apparently back ordered. I can source some at close to $400.00 for the set for the d44 going into it which is more than I wanted to spend.

I'm curious what the likelihood would be of cutting off the d35 brackets and simply re using them. I can cut into the d35 as it will not be re used. Does this seem reasonable? Or not worth the hassle?

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So I'm suppose to be doing an axle swap this weekend, but the brackets I was getting are apparently back ordered. I can source some at close to $400.00 for the set for the d44 going into it which is more than I wanted to spend.

I'm curious what the likelihood would be of cutting off the d35 brackets and simply re using them. I can cut into the d35 as it will not be re used. Does this seem reasonable? Or not worth the hassle?

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It's been done, but it's a PITA. If you are willing to spend the time to cut them off then go for it. Search google you'll find some build threads with guys who have done exactly what your talking about.

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I've done a few searches and there is a ton of hypotheticals but I didn't find any first hand experiences. I'm taking my jeep up to rifle tomorrow to get it up on a lift and examine what we are working with and run some numbers on cost of keeping the axle as its set up for a 4 link vs keeping suspension as it sits and changing brackets on the axle....

If anyone has done the bracket re use let me know. 350.00-400.00 for brackets seems pretty steep. If I cared about the d35 and was trying to keep it in tact, it would be another story, but hacking it up to make saving brackets seems like an easier undertaking....
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FYI Plasma cutter would be the best way to cut those the CLEANest, grinding them off won't be reusable.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:09 PM   #5
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Plan was to cut them off taking a bit of housing along with with the brackets then go back an trim them down with a plasma cutter....
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I would hold off and do it the way you want to in the first place. just my 1cent
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it would be a whole lot of work for what i think would be an unacceptable result to try and reuse the brackets.

at that point, I think it would be cheaper/easier to make new brackets yourself.

either purchase whatever brackets you need, or make them if you have the tools and time.
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I'm with Tim, I make all my own brackets. Very time consuming but cheap and that is what retirement is all about.

What I don't get in all of this is why, if the axle is set up for a four link, are you putting it back to stock? Frame brackets are not that expensive and quite available. Ballistic Fab, Poly Performance, Artec all make good frame brackets, and it is not labor intensive to mount them. This just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
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I third the response. Try to make my own most of the time
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Project underway.... Will update soon thank you all for your advice!

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