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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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If you had $3k for a rear axle what would you do-ECGS 8.8 or G2 D44

Hi all,

Looks like this is my budget threshold for a read axle and I've read enough lately to make my hair go whiter than it already is.

If you had $3k for a rear axle would you go with either of the following?

1.) ECGS Built Ford 8.8 with 4.88, ARB and Yukon shaft kit to strengthen and widen axle.
(Note: Does the offset pumpkin cause vibration issues for highway use?. Why does ECGS say "Off Road Only"?)

or

2.) G2 Dana 44 with either 33 or 35 spline, ARB and disk brakes.
(Note: Do they include the shock and spring plates? How is their quality?)


I'm not going bigger than 35's so the D60 doesn't make sense.

Thanks in advance for any and all feedback.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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Everyone I know who's gotten it had been pretty happy with option 1. Either have good aftermarket support, plenty of strength, and parts availability. Don't think you can really go wrong with either.
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Get a junkyard 8.8 and buy your own ARB and shafts. Much cheaper. No the offset won't cause vibes.
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i think i did my currie hi-8.8 for that new.
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Get a junkyard 8.8 and buy your own ARB and shafts. Much cheaper. No the offset won't cause vibes.
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Unless you have the skill to install the carrier yourself, it's actually cheaper to let ECGS do the install.
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Unless you have the skill to install the carrier yourself, it's actually cheaper to let ECGS do the install.
There are some shops local to Matt and myself that are reasonable and since shipping is also calculated from the east coast, sometimes its just better to have it done locally. Of course, results may vary but for my money, I would support local business over someone who can do the same job across the country. I like the hunt in the junkyard.
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ECGS did an awesome job on mine. Had everything done new. Ox Locker. Etc....

It bolted right in. I drive it on the highway almost daily. No problems at all. BTW...I installed this by myself overnight in one night. Worth the money IMO.
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Thanks everyone for the help on this. Looks like ECGS will get my money as I can't weld and fab. Just the bolt on king I guess

What is the best route on the front Dana 30? I know I need to regear for the 4.88 gears but do I need to move up to 30 spline shafts for 35 inch tires?
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You don't need 30 spline shafts especially since the weak point will be the tiny pinion gear
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Thanks everyone for the help on this. Looks like ECGS will get my money as I can't weld and fab. Just the bolt on king I guess
It would only cost $40 bucks to have a shop weld on new perches. Thats what it cost me when I swapped a 44 into a Jeep anyways. Just trying to save you a bit of money, but ECGS will take care of you if you go that route and they are an awesome business. Good luck!
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Thanks everyone for the help on this. Looks like ECGS will get my money as I can't weld and fab. Just the bolt on king I guess

What is the best route on the front Dana 30? I know I need to regear for the 4.88 gears but do I need to move up to 30 spline shafts for 35 inch tires?
Personally I stayed with the 27 spline for a few reasons. Any random spare shaft will work to get off the trail, they are cheaper, the ujoints are the same size anyway and I have seen 10 to 1 broken joints over broken front shafts.

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You don't need 30 spline shafts especially since the weak point will be the tiny pinion gear
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also, the smaller ujoints can work as a fuse, better to break those than ring gears. Not that you should be busting them like d35 axles.

I really recommend calling a few local shops to see what they can do.

I was in and out installed for less than your talking for an 8.8(drum) 4.88's and an elocker.
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Personally I stayed with the 27 spline for a few reasons. Any random spare shaft will work to get off the trail, they are cheaper, the ujoints are the same size anyway and I have seen 10 to 1 broken joints over broken front shafts.
Agreed for all the same reasons

I ran 27 spline chromo's for years with 35" LTB's for years with no issues.
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Thanks everyone for the help on this. Looks like ECGS will get my money as I can't weld and fab. Just the bolt on king I guess

What is the best route on the front Dana 30? I know I need to regear for the 4.88 gears but do I need to move up to 30 spline shafts for 35 inch tires?
Chromolly shafts with the upgraded u joint and you will be fine. After gear change.
As said, I would keep the stock spline count.
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