I just got a smokin hot deal on a 3RD GEN COMplete axle just wondering if anyone has done the swap into a second gen. little fab is no problem are they the same width
Re: Your 99 dodge with AAM's
Originally Posted by el ranger loco
I was randomly searching around, I dont remember what I was looking for.. Either way, I found your post in a thread about AAM axle junk where you said you swapped in a set of power wagon axles under your 2nd gen truck. I have a set of 09 AAMs sitting in my garage that I was wanting to use in my toyota buggy, but have also been thinking about swapping them with the 60/70 in the 2000 CTD tow rig and using the danas in the buggy.. Pros are tried and true axles in buggy with tons of available parts and updated nearly new axles in my tow rig with a rear end that can hold up to the power and has discs. Do you have any advice on this? What was needed to swap the newer axles under your dodge? Sorry for the questions, Ive just been looking for somebody who has done this for quite some time. Anything is greatly appreciated, even a link to a build thread. THANKS!
Originally Posted by Murfman1967 View Post
Regarding the CAD comments, no Dodge built after 2002 has had CAD, so that is a non issue. I swapped a Power Wagon 9.25 front and Power Wagon 10.50 rear under my 99 Ram 2500. It would be worth your effort to look for Power Wagon axles, the rear axle actually uses the larger 11.50 axle shafts, and the fact that they come with the 4.56 gears and selectable lockers is a win win situation. I found both of mine on line, for decent prices, you just have to be patient. The AAM axles are much beefier than the Dana stuff. The 2008 and up steering is the T style instead of the y, and is very beefy as well. IMHO I like the fact that the front unit bearings have no hub sticking out, and as I live in the midwest, it is nice just pulling the lever and getting 4wd in the snow. Lockout hubs really dont gain all that much MPG, and are just another part to break or hang up IMHO. Furthermore if you are only going to run 35" - 37" tires the unit bearings will be fine. As stated above, Ballistic makes a nice hub conversion if you are so inclined. Carli makes some nice HD balljoints, as they seem to be the achilles Heel of the AAM axles.
Up front I made my own control arms using Ballistic fab joints, and some .250 wall DOM, I added a 3rd gen track bar adapter and used the stock power wagon track bar. I also used the Power Wagon steering at it is the "T" type. I didn't try to use the stock control arms, but I think they would actually work. In the back I just ad to move the spring perches to get it to fit. I ditched the ABS as mine was only RWAL anyway. I ended up having to use a SGI-5 speedometer converter box from dakota digital and pick up the signal from the transmission tailshaft sensor, as I could not get the speedo or the converter box to work off the AAM sensor on the rear axle. THe only down side to doing this is my speedometer is incorrect in low range. To me this was not a big problem. I'd say go for it. I think the AAM axles are better than the Danas myself