K10 lift kit fit 1 ton axles ?

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    Hey guys so my big plan is to run a 3/4 ton k20 rear axle 14 bolt ff and a one ton dana 60 front axle. This is some more in the future when room and sunlight becomes more available. I want to lift the truck now to help fit some 35" tires and for better off road clearances. I was just wondering if I would be able to use the same kit from my d44/12 bolt as I would for my d60/14 bolt ? Btw It is the 52in spring kit from RC because it is the easiest on the pocketbook. Would it just be easier to get another lift after this one or could i just bolt these back on and go ?
     
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    I believe the axle tubes on a 12 bolt are 3.00" and the 14 bolt are 3.25" so you'd need new U-bolts and the brackets. the perch width and everything else should be able to direct swap axles otherwise.

    might have some fiddling to do with the brake lines.
     
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    Yep, they will fit up to the lift springs the same. Just different u-bolts and plates, as was mentioned.
     
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    Gotcha ok thanks guys !
     
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    Perhaps I'm mistaken- but the 52" springs are for the rear of your truck? (There are people who run 52" springs on the front is why I'm asking).

    Instead of new rear springs or running blocks did you consider a shackle flip for the rear? If you like your stock springs anyway...

    Shackle flip is $189 (plus shipping). Then maybe an zero rate or axle relocation plate (if your axle isn't centered). And new U bolts.

    Just an option...
     
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    I thought of it but I'm leaning towards an all spring lift because I've heard some iffy things on a shackle flip
     
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    Out of curiosity- what iffy things?

    I just put on a 2.5" shackle flip on mine along with some 56" springs. Was a bit of work, but I'm happy with it (other than i had to use the 1/4" axle relocation plate).

    My goal was better ride, more flex, and still able to haul weight and my 5th wheel.
     
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    I've done some looking on here and another sb site and have heard that it is weaker than springs. Mainly due to the fact that they are hung down and such. No clue if it's TRUE or not just have I've seen here and there. I'm just planning on an all spring lift for simplicity of buying and installation.
     
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    The only drawback I can think of to an axle flip, would be axle wrap. Being under the spring stack gives the axle a bit more leverage to twist under torque. If you were planning on launching this hard on a solid surface, I could see some problems, but for the most part it's going to depend on usage. A lot of the jeep guys like the axle flip, because it allows them to keep a flatter spring arch, which will allow for better articulation off road.
     
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    Shackle flips work good and are widely used. The flip can improve the ride also if you are using lift springs or a thick factory spring set. There is an occasional argument about using one combined with towing but I've never seen a proven answer.

    He's talking about a spring shackle flip, not an axle flip.
     
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    Lol, yeah, I just caught that. My bad.
     
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