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Unread 12-19-2012, 12:00 AM   #1
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Front diff noise or something else?

I recently replaced my TSL's with some cheap all terrains. Now I can hear inside the cab once again. I hear a howling from my front end which does not sound like the usual bearing noise. It is accompanied by a rrrr rrrr rrrr rrrr noise and vibration which feels like it's coming from the front diff/drive shaft area. I took a quick video to see if you may have a better idea. I already have 2 different sets of axles that I haven't started building yet. (44/10.25 and 60/10.5) I haven't had time to decide on which to build.

Question: Do you think this one will make it another 6 months or should I throw in a cheap hp30 to get me by?


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Where did you get a solid 44/10.25 combo?
The noise is probably carrier bearings or the drive shaft.
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Where did you get a solid 44/10.25 combo?
The noise is probably carrier bearings or the drive shaft.
It came from a 79 f350. I haven't pulled them yet but got the truck for $100.
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Sounds like a bearing noise to me. When my 44a started that it sounded like a a roar with a slight metal sound. Happened at all speeds and was more pronounced the longer trips I took. Started to grate on my ears after about a year so I replaced the carrier bearings.
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Say this is a drive shaft issue. Do you think replacing all the u joints would help? I'm generally pretty good with this suspension parts, just not axles and stuff.
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What DS do you have in there? is it ujoint or the stock cv? noise sounds a lot like my 5.9 when I put it in 4wd (almost like dry gears running together) but I dont get the sound In 2wd I say take the front shaft out inspect it as a starting point
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It came from a 79 f350. I haven't pulled them yet but got the truck for $100.
that would be a d60/d60 combo from a 350, the sterling axles weren't introduced til 85.
the 250 3800lb axle option would be hp44/d60.
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What DS do you have in there? is it ujoint or the stock cv? noise sounds a lot like my 5.9 when I put it in 4wd (almost like dry gears running together) but I dont get the sound In 2wd I say take the front shaft out inspect it as a starting point
Its a double carden u joint drive shaft. It still has the 249 so I'm stuck with full time 4x4. I have a 242 in the shop but haven't had time to work on it. It didn't make this noise without the front drive shaft in. I put it in for a trail ride but didn't hear it because the swampers were so loud. With the new tires, I can hear it.
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that would be a d60/d60 combo from a 350, the sterling axles weren't introduced til 85.
the 250 3800lb axle option would be hp44/d60.
I was actually looking for a 250 but came across this for $100. I didn't want to pass it up. I still haven't hauled it home yet. I didn't know the axles were both 60's. Good purchase for that price I think. Thanks man! I haven't even looked too far into it yet.

I am really hoping that whatever the problem is can make it till January. I need my four wheel drive right now.
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In April, I bought a '98 5.9 and it made a very similar noise when I would let off the gas. Drove it for 6 months and then crashed, front axle was still doing fine. I think yours will last a while, but then again you've got a lift and bigger tires.
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In April, I bought a '98 5.9 and it made a very similar noise when I would let off the gas. Drove it for 6 months and then crashed, front axle was still doing fine. I think yours will last a while, but then again you've got a lift and bigger tires.
I honestly don't care if it trashes the front axle. Its coming out anyways. I can grab an HP30 that will bolt in for $75 if it dies.
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Then I'd say you're definitely good to go for a few months. Mine made noise but never gave a hint of giving up
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I honestly don't care if it trashes the front axle. Its coming out anyways. I can grab an HP30 that will bolt in for $75 if it dies.
just won't have the right gear ratio. 3.73 gears in a hp30 are extremely rare.
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