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Ram 1500 Spindle Swap #2439547
01/23/18 02:18 PM
01/23/18 02:18 PM
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I have a 96 Ram 1500 2wd that has the "old style" wheel bearings. Has anybody switched over to use the later unit bearing style hubs? I'm trying to figure out if I find a 2000-2001 donor truck if I can just switch the spindles, rotors, calipers, pads and hubs. Rock Auto shows different ball joints, control arms, tie rod ends, etc starting in 2000, but I don't know why they made the change. Not really wanting to change the control arms if possible - the previous owner had installed new ones, along with other parts, about 30K miles ago. I would think that if the size and taper of the ball joint studs are the same between the different years it should work. I guess they might have changed something on the spindles where the tie rods mount, too. But since I need to do some brake work anyways, it would be a good time to do the swap, and I just prefer the sealed bearings, plus the options of factory wheels opens up a lot.

So, has anyone already done this swap, or knows exactly why it won't work?

Thanks, Willie


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Re: Ram 1500 Spindle Swap [Re: Evil Spirit] #2439920
01/24/18 10:51 AM
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I have the same truck. Here's an older post that I found.

http://www.ramforumz.com/archive/index.php/t-137809.html


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Re: Ram 1500 Spindle Swap [Re: Evil Spirit] #2440369
01/25/18 02:19 AM
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Great find - THANKS


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Re: Ram 1500 Spindle Swap [Re: Evil Spirit] #2745815
02/23/20 05:32 PM
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I now this a old thread but this is what I was looking to do to my 1 st gen Ram up the power of the internet cool

Re: Ram 1500 Spindle Swap [Re: racerx] #2745838
02/23/20 06:50 PM
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the question is WHY??? I change out a ton of hub bearing assemblys because they are not serviceable. the trucks we have in the fleet (at work) with the old style inner/outer bearings, races, seals that are serviceable, rarely if ever need replaced/. and when they do they are much cheaper to deal with.

Re: Ram 1500 Spindle Swap [Re: volaredon] #2745976
02/24/20 06:19 AM
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For me..... better brakes for towing and I have the 20" wheels that I have to modify the hub bearing caps to fit .I'm still researching this wave


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