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Old 07-31-2012, 06:31 PM
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Hello all. I'm new to the forum here. Here's my story. I have a 1994 2500 Laramie SLT 4x4 Cummins/auto regular cab 8600 GVW. It death wobbles. It has had the front end rebuilt multiple times. I do not like anything about the front end. I hate the unit bearings, I hate the ball joints, I hate the axle disconnect, I hate that the differential is on the LH side of the truck which is already far heavier than the right side since the fuel tank, steering column, brake booster, driver etc are also on that side. I hate the aluminum chain-drive transfer case and lack of lockout hubs. And I hate the so-called steering system that is obviously poorly engineered from the beginning. So, I have a wrecked '92 Dodge 250 4x4 regular cab Cummins/auto (actually the long-block from it is in the '94 - I swapped the front plate, pump, etc.). So I'm looking at options to put a proper front end under this truck - axle swap and t-case swap, leaf springs, etc. And it occurs to me that my '92 frame is already exactly what I want, right down to the 3.54 gears I'd prefer to my current 4.10s because I commute 60 miles per day and do very little towing. My question is will the '94 body bolt to the '92 frame? As in direct bolt-on? I'll probably do it anyway even if it takes some fabrication, because I think the frame may be the issue on my '94. I'm running stock tires and this thing eats front end parts like crazy, and I keep it greased and don't abuse it at all, and I'm sick of it. I'm a professional diesel technician, good welder, etc. so technical skill is not an issue. I think this would actually be a pretty darn simple swap. Like a weekend project if I have my ducks in a row and the '92 frame is a roller with the axles installed and all ready to accept the engine, trans and transfer case. Obviously I'll be swapping over to the NP205. I'd like to hear from anyone that has seen or heard of anyone doing this or something similar. I won't like to hear any comments about how the '94 frame and front suspension is superior, et. That's b.s. My grandpa has a '90 Cummins 4x4 regular cab that has been abused on the farm it's whole life, and it has required one front end rebuild. The coil-spring suspension and steering is a joke. It gives problems on Jeeps as well. Thanks for any input.
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I don't know if this has ever been done. Id think that as long as the frames are close in length and width the only real issue I could for see would be body mounts not lining up. but that shouldn't be to hard to fab. maybe issues with shift linkage and steering column as well...?

I can't think of any other issues.... good luck! Im definitely subscribed to follow your progress! put up plenty of pictures
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:42 AM
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It's not going to happen too soon, as the truck is my daily driver. I'll first focus on getting the '92 frame turned into a complete roller. When I get it drug out I'll be able to start doing some more looking at body mounts and the like. At first glance, I don't think the frames are all that different. Of course the 1994 frame is boxed up front, but it actually looks weaker forward of the cab mounts because the cross member under the engine is much smaller than that on the '92 frame. But yes, I will take plenty of pictures. This is probably going to be a winter project.
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