Questions about a dually axle swap

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  1. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    I am looking to swap the rear single wheel axle in my 4x4 1996 dodge ram 2500 for a dual rear wheel.

    I have found a 2001 dual rear wheel axle with disc brakes from a 2wd truck.

    I have a few questions.
    • Will the fact that this rear axle is from a 2wd and my truck is a 4wd matter?
    • Since my current rear axle is drum brakes, what will I need to replace in the braking system to ensure the new rear disc brakes work as they should? Will I need to replace master cylinder and get rid of the factory combination valve and get an adjustable proportioning valve?
    • Will I have ABS issues?
    • What else should I consider?
    Thanks for any suggestions/tips/tricks
     
  2. shawn

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    Discs require more fluid volume than drums. I'd be prepared to replace the MC and any associated parts (distribution valves, etc) with the appropriate disc brake rear parts.
     
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  3. Chris_Keziah

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    Replies in Red, only other thing that might be worthwhile is a front brake upgrade.
     
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  4. shawn

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    Since you're replacing parts and going to 17" wheels anyway, you can go with the bigger front rotors that the later model trucks got. It should make a difference, but the drive axle brakes do a massive amount of work when you're loaded. The fronts probably do more in an absolute sense, but since they're larger, they also do a better job of shedding heat. If you cook a set of pads, it'll be on the drive axle first.
     
  5. Jody Treadway

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    As long as they are both the same ratio, swap it out and rock on.
    See what the brakes feel like. Worse case if you end up needing to swap in a later model master or something.
     
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  6. BigClay

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    As far as front brakes, I already put EBC dimple and slotted rotors and I believe their yellow stuff pads.
     
  7. shawn

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    If you want better brakes, install bigger/heavier rotors.
     
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  8. BigClay

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    Agreed, when it is time, I will be going bigger.
     
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  12. Chris_Keziah

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    Yeah but's that's a 1/2 ton to dually swap, Clay already has a 2500.
     
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    Not surprised. It's from the year before you joined ;)

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    Where?
     
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    Thank you @Chris_Keziah and Urban Dictionary:
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