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Old 02-07-2012, 07:11 PM
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I'd like to do the 3rd gen brake swap on my 98 Dodge Cummins, but I'm not sure if the knuckles from 00-02 or 03+ will bolt up to do the swap. Anyone know?

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:12 PM
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From what I hear everything just bolts up and you need to upgrade to 17" wheels to clear the calipers and rotors... :cool:
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:16 PM
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I guess about the only thing I would be concerned about is trying to figure out how to upgrade the rear brakes!
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How about the beefed up Chevy wheel cylinders?
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Does your axle have removable rotors (independent of the hub)? If so all you need is the rotors, pads, and caliper brackets for the third gens.

If not I am afraid I am not sure what else would make it work. I did the conversion on my truck, and was very well worth it.
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Hi dknaks, did you have to use the 17in wheels to have caliper clearence? Thanks Dave
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Yea, ya need to move to a 17" wheel. I actually had 18" wheels already so wasn't an issue for mine. 16" Wheels will not clear the calipers.
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Tell me about this upgrade. Is it a simple as swapping calipers or do you need to swap rotors or anything else? Also, are there any years that you can't do the swap?
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I am not certain of the years on the axle's. I know if you have one that is a rotor/hub assembly you cannot do the upgrade. Since the third gens are a removable rotor. The nice thing is that the third gens had still used the same caliper. So all the swap included was caliper brackets, pads, and rotors for a third gen. I got lucky enough that my roommate had a third gen axle laying around so I picked up all the parts for 100 bucks.

I believe the 2wd third gens use a removable rotor also. So may not work to swap over a 2wd without a lot of modification.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:46 AM
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After more research the swap is only possible on 00-02. I've already upgraded the wheel cylinder and it did help. It's just not what I'm used to or would call good.
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