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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Holland mass USA
Bolt pattern would be something I would look at first which means address which 44 is going to be used up front. You said a HP44, well Ford made two flavors a 5 lug 1/2 ton which use's the 5 on 5.5 rims and a 8 lug 3/4 ton witch use's a 8 on 6.5 pattern.
Once you figure that out then you can make a better choice for the rear. Lets say you wanted to keep the 5 on 5.5 pattern but still wanted a 60, now the search is on a for the J-4000 truck rear axle, which is a semi float 60 with 5 on 5.5 pattern and about the same width as that 44 front.
If you decide to use a 3/4 ton axle, well when you take the front out remove the rear and now you have a matched set. I will say that rear 60 in stock form will only be good till you hit 37" tires then it will need some major mods to handle larger tires.
Again if it were me I work on bolt patterns first, this way it can help point the direction as what to look for.
1993 YJ 4.0 60 Front, Rear steer 60, bolth spooled, 5.38's, 700r/241 39.5 iroks and beating it like it owes me money.
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