Originally Posted by 95wrangler4life
The problem with CTM's and RCV's is you are wasting money... not you are taking all the stress from your u joint and putting that into the ring gear/pinion which will not tolerate that much of it.... I'd rather snap a $15 u joint that destroy my internals... Even when i switch to Chromo's I will not be going with CTM's.... Now if your rocking a Dana 44, 60 or bigger up front, the ring gear and pinions are able to handle more so the CTMs or RCV's are a great purchase.
I suppose it depends on the big picture. I'll explain.
Lets say I got F&R ARB's & Spicer 4.56 gears installed for free as a gift. After a while decided to step up in trail difficulty so went with a Warn hub conversion with Warn inners at ~1/2 price (this was loooooong ago, way before the prices went up on them). I also decided to go with a set of CTM's since a friend of mine is the guy who designed them & gave me 2 for ~ 1/6th the regular price.
So now I've got an ARB'd, Spicer geared (both for free including install), Warn hubs & inners with CTM's, homebrew truss and sleeved long side axle tube which I designed & built myself, HPD30 all for less than the cost of a set of chromo's alone.
Is this still a waste of $ ?
It certainly is not for me and several others I know who did almost the same exact thing & spent about the same $ doing almost all the work ourselves.
The hubs almost ensure that they will go before other items do if/when it grenades.
And like Martin mentioned - I push my POS with an Atlas 5.0, so the stress going to those axle components is quite high along with hand grooved 35" MT/R's. I generally play in the big rocks (think Johnson Valley/Hammers trails).
What I'm getting at is - its not always a waste of money to put CTM's in a HPD30 knowing the big picture of a build.
Now that I'm stepping up to 37's an HPD60 is going in.