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88-98 chevy/gmc 1500 rear end swap a few inches shorter (what did you use)



paul cardoza

 
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i have a 94 chevy 1500 and i have 9.5 wide wheels and im about to bodydrop it. i dont have 800-1400 to spend getn my stock rear end narrowed. so im wondering if anyone found a swap that could be used
Christopher Wilson

 
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I swaped mine with a 1989 k5 rear end to clear my 24s and i still have room to body it cost me 150 bucks and its been in my truck for about two years no probelms so far
steven shrock

 
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you can use a 94 to 96 impala rear end. the ujoint is the same and its about 3 or 4 inches narrower. I've used them on a couple and you get disc brakes out of it
paul cardoza

 
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I swaped mine with a 1989 k5 rear end to clear my 24s and i still have room to body it cost me 150 bucks and its been in my truck for about two years no probelms so far ive been googlen' tryn to find widths on that 73-87 c10 axle
paul cardoza

 
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you can use a 94 to 96 impala rear end. the ujoint is the same and its about 3 or 4 inches narrower. I've used them on a couple and you get disc brakes out of it ive been really interested in this rear end but through all my google research ive found out that there is 3 different widths between the impala caprice, caprice 9C1, and wagons did you run a brake portioning valve
paul cardoza

 
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1 more bump before i hit up the junk yard this weekend
BK2LIFE James

 
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new axles are 245, or shortened and resplined for about 160 having someone narrow your housing is usually around 500. the good thing about narrowing your axle is you can have a completely rebuilt axle, instead of hoping your junk yard axle doesn't die.
Lorren Matiuk

 
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Posted 7/3/2011 via Website

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I would like to know for sure to as I have a 1991 Chev C1500 extended cab and want rear disk brakes but only a couple of brake companys have anything that will work on my truck and they want $2400.00 just for the brake parts thats way to much money. Does anybody know the bolt pattern for wheels on the caprice/impala? My full size is 5 on 5 and for some reason i I think the car pattern is like 5 on 4.5 or something like that but not 100% sure.
brad cohee

 
Joined: 3/26/2006
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gotta watch the caprice impala some are 5on5 others 4.75 by 5
paul cardoza

 
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gotta watch the caprice impala some are 5on5 others 4.75 by 5 WORD thats what im learning its best to take a spare rim/tire and test fit
john oates

 
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94-96 impala ss reear under mine. 3.5" shorter than a stock c1500 rear. should have discs and limited slip. you can also use a caprice 9c1 rear. it typically has 11" drums. the widths are the same(or very close). buick roadmaster/ caprice wagon rears would prolly work, but i beleive theyre slighty wider. you will get a 5x5 bolt pattern from any 91-96 impala/caprice. my only suggestion would be to press out the wheel studs, as theyre 12mm and your truck likely has 14mm studs up front. this way, all your lugnuts match.
laynon22s

 
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definately go will the advice bigperm has given you.if i ever get to meet him i will gladly shake his hand.he has answerd many of my own questions concerning my 94 bodied ext.cab c1500.he knows his stuff.
paul cardoza

 
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WORD thanx big perm big sherm big snake in the grass lol
john oates

 
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definately go will the advice bigperm has given you.if i ever get to meet him i will gladly shake his hand.he has answerd many of my own questions concerning my 94 bodied ext.cab c1500.he knows his stuff. diggit. glad i could help. hit me up for all your 88-98 questions. ive made all the mistakes to learn from!
chad louque

 
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Perm any idea where I can find the same rear end set up like you have I'm wanting to toss my ford 9" for a stock rear but need something narrowed already
john oates

 
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Perm any idea where I can find the same rear end set up like you have I'm wanting to toss my ford 9" for a stock rear but need something narrowed already salvage yards are your best friend in this case;
chad louque

 
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Damn I was there yesterday and did not even think to look there is a shut load of caprice cars there but disk brakes would be nice if I can find it I have disk conversion now on my currie ford 9"
paul cardoza

 
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definately go will the advice bigperm has given you.if i ever get to meet him i will gladly shake his hand.he has answerd many of my own questions concerning my 94 bodied ext.cab c1500.he knows his stuff. diggit. glad i could help. hit me up for all your 88-98 questions. ive made all the mistakes to learn from! i have a 94 1500 chevy and i think im guna swap a impala rear end w/ disc do u have to run a adjustable brake portioning valve for the rear disc if so can u please post some pics of how that is set up
Gilbert Guerrero

 
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i have a 95GMC boddied on 24"s and i used a 73-87 chevy truck rear end if thats any help
john oates

 
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i have a 94 1500 chevy and i think im guna swap a impala rear end w/ disc do u have to run a adjustable brake portioning valve for the rear disc if so can u please post some pics of how that is set up hey man.. mine is a 95 model. it has the Kelsey Hayes ABS brake proprtioning system; it essentially automatically adjusts to different brake pressures. it aint perfect, but hey, it works. ive also got a hydroboost setup on the truck from a 3500 model. together, they make for awesome brake pressure, and a really firm pedal feel. in a perfect world, i would do away with all the abs crap and go with a manual brake proprtioning valve. www.waylayedinc.com has some good stuff... if i ever get motivated, i'll buy one of these for mine... http://www.waylayedinc.com/Waylayed2010/ww/products/DISC%7B47%7DDISC-Brass-Proportioning-Valve.html being that yours is a 94, it should be pre-abs/ kelsey hayes unit, and one of these valves should do what ya need to do! good luck and let us know how it turns out!
paul cardoza

 
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i have a 95GMC boddied on 24"s and i used a 73-87 chevy truck rear end if thats any help[/quote how many inches wide is it - wheel mount to wheel mount drum to drum
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