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post #1 of 5 Old 01-16-2009, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Mopar Rubicon Axles on a YJ

Has anyone out there tried putting the new mopar rubicon axles on their yj? I've been thinking about it for sometime and liked the idea of putting the military spec dana 60's on the old yj..... I imagine there would be a fair amount of fab work involved.... thoughts?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-16-2009, 03:04 PM
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I would'nt call myself an expert on this, but I'm purdy sure U could build/have built some 60's for that kind of money. I have $1300 tied up in my 8.8 which includes a Detroit locker and I had a shop do the gears.
Are these JK rubi axles or standard rubi 44's?
Yes, of course there would be fab work involved, but no more than building an 8.8 or D60 or whatever. It would also depend on if your going SUA or SOA... an SOA would/should require a traction bar.


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Well its a thought since they are going on a TJ so there is more cutting and grinding than welding to get a set of perches on there, either SOA or SUA.

As far as 60's go - well a junkyard front and rear 60 can run anywhere from 300 (rear) to 1200 (front) from a ford. And now you have a full-width 60 with no gears, lockers.

Factor in cutting it down and re-tubing - another 300 or so, plus materials (tubing)

Locker for a 60 isnt cheap especially if you go with one styled like the 44 - either an electrc detroit or arb....either one about 800 installed.

Oh you want to steer?.....ok new drag link (might as well do 3/4" heims since its a 60, plus high steer arms since your SOA, as well as the tie rod (and its all DOM 1/2" wall material for strenght) That setup would run you about 400 or so.

Plus the fab your going to need to get them installed by either you or a shop - my call would be have a shop build them, then install yourself to save a few bucks.

The other thing you can do and I have seen more recently and they are still cheap is a new F250 / F350 front 60 and Sterling 10.25 rear - those can be picked up cheaper than old and need very little (well other than cutting, lockers, and gears)

So either way your spending a few bucks.

What I would do If i were you.......either find a set of waggy 44's (way cheaper) rebuild them install them and wheel it!

Or find a set of Scout 44's and repeat.

OR finally, find a Dana 44 from a XJ - install cromos in the front (with disconnect deleted) and go from there, would be a solid dependable drivetrain that requires very little work, effort and money

BTW im totally NOT trying to flame you at all - sorry if it comes off that way, just thinking and typing.

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These would be the Rubicon Axles. Incidently, I think there would definitely be more affordable options if I went to a local fabricator or specialist.

I found one company called rear ends only who can put together a custom setup and also re-gear the jeep to any spec i desire.

A friend of mine had them build a dana 44 w/4.10 gears and can't say enough about them... cost around $2000.00.
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thanks mate.... definitely some good thoughts and are very much appreciated...

Right now I've got the highway gears (3.73) and if I am not mistaken my 88 sahara has the dana 35's in the rear... while I only have 31" tires on the jeep now, I do worry about breaking an axle if i'm in 4 lo, although I haven't had any troubles yet.
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