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Y would like to know if a newer rear axel with disc brakes can be swapped for the one on my truck now that has drums?

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Insted of removing the complete assembly just remove all the part from your newer differentiel and intall the parts on your

Posted on Apr 07, 2015

Testimonial: "thanks johnny rebel i can probably buy a whole rearend axels and all for less than the 1k for each side they want for disc break conversion assembly"

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    Mike Mcconkie Apr 07, 2015

    oops sorry i put coment in wrong place and your reply bis helpful also thanks

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Yes it can cheaper to just switch to discs without whole axle

Posted on Apr 07, 2015

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