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Will rear differential bolt into front axle housing?

I would like to single out my drive axles, obviously making the rear axle a lift involves much less work. What I want to know is, will the bolt holes and the axle shafts line up if you put the guts of the rear drive axle differential into the front drive axle housing? My front differential is leaking between the front and mid casing, and I don't want to mess with a repair when I have bigger plans. If this will work, then I can do this all in steps, without putting the truck out of service for more than 1 day. In other words, I can have a longer driveshaft made ahead of time, close up the empty rear housing, lube it and go. Then work on a actual true lift axle later in the summer and a locking diff before winter with my fuel savings.

The axles are Eaton DS404 and RS404

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biker, I was trying to see if I could do this in steps to reduce downtime and lump sum cost which I don't have, and utilize as many parts as possible that I already own, I like the option of being able to switch it back to stock configuration later, if needed.

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Best answer is "NO"

But it will fit if you roll it from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock , it will bolt up then, but when you hook drive shaft , instead of going forward, oops it goes backwards, so you have two speeds forward, and 10 speeds reverse. Its quite embarrassing too.

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why not keep rear axle as is add a locker an add a pusher axle that lifts in front of it wear the front drive axle is now,rowe has one for around 4500.00 that can lift an not onterfer with drive shaft,just seems easier,then wouldnt have to slide fifth wheel back an forth when loaded an empty

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The rear pumpkin will bolt directly into front housing. Just plug the through shaft hole, and lengthen the drive-shaft. The assertion that it would spin the wrong direction is not accurate. Pull your rear axle-shafts and buy the axle stub plugs from Eaton. You can also get oiler caps from them. This way you can run the housing dry.

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Does not work with Meritor axles. The rear axle housing is notched for entry of the pumpkin and the front housing is not. Traded my front housing for a rear housing and now I have 2 rear housings. Also I don't know if Eaton is the same but the yoke for the Meritor is larger on the front housing than the rear so make sure your driveshaft is set up correctly.

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