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post #1 of 12 Old 02-08-2016, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Jeep axled buggy

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I am in the uk so good axles are hard to come by, I am planning a buggy build on a tight budget with the hope of making something that works and then upgrading parts as things bust or I can afford/ find better parts.

So I have a zj which was my daily drive till someone crashed into me while I was waiting at a junction. The axles are fine so the plan is to use them, it has a high pinion Dana 30 front and a dana 35 rear. Now I would like to run 35inch tires, so I was thinking of changing the rear to a 44, but the only ones I can find over here
Come out of wj grand cherokees, the diesel ones here had the 44a with the aluminium cover.
Would one of these be worth buying instead of the 35?

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-08-2016, 05:27 AM
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35" tires & Dana 35 will enable you to upgrade much faster as "things bust or I can afford/ find better parts."
Think of it like this,you have a clean slate as of now,this is the time to pay once.
Running 35's and a 35 rear end is a ticking time bomb IMO,the 44a isn't much better IMO.

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Are there any ford explorers over there?
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Neither of those axles are "buggy worthy" IMO.

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-08-2016, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Raven works I was thinking i may be needed to upgrade faster than I would like to with the 35, is the problem with the 44a that it is an aluminium housing would a all steel 44 be ok, and is it just damage from hitting the diff on rocks which would be the problem?
Adam not as many explorers round here but I will have a look
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Raven works I was thinking i may be needed to upgrade faster than I would like to with the 35, is the problem with the 44a that it is an aluminium housing would a all steel 44 be ok, and is it just damage from hitting the diff on rocks which would be the problem?
Adam not as many explorers round here but I will have a look
Biggest problem for 44A IMO is that it historically has not been well supported with aftermarket parts. I think that has improved a little recently, but still not great.

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post #7 of 12 Old 02-08-2016, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Well I have just baught a 44a as I got it for 50 ($72) it's the one with the factory lsd so that will get me going I will fab up a truss/skidplate for it and see how we go, there do seem to be a few explorers about though so if it doesn't last or if I want a full locker I will go that way, but for 50 quid and only 40mins from work I couldn't help myself!!
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-09-2016, 12:03 AM
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There is an ARB for the d44a now.

HP30 wouldn't be horrible if you're extremely light, but overall you want something better, at least a hp44.

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post #9 of 12 Old 02-09-2016, 02:32 AM
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Your stock front axle is lp 30, not hp 30, just fyi
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-09-2016, 04:45 AM
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D 44a can easily handle 35's but you need to put a skid under the pumpkin and truss the tubes. The bad parts is that the traction options are more expensive and fewer.

If it didn't come from another ZJ then you will have to cut and weld new control arm mounts too. It's certainly better than the 35c and it's pinion and ring gear is close to D60 size to in that respect, it's beefier than an iron 44.

It's just an odd bird. If there was one you could bolt in then I would do it but if you have to do the same amount of work for a d44a as you would for another equally as strong or stronger axle then I would pick the latter.

You could always spend a ton of cash and get a super 35 kit. haha Mythbusters did prove that you can in fact polish a turd.
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post #11 of 12 Old 02-09-2016, 05:42 PM
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A D30/D44s would be fine for a light weight buggy on 35's.
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-10-2016, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, it should be pretty light when it's done and I am not going for ultra 4 profomance just for some fun at the play sites and local club punch day style comps.
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