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Unread 10-16-2012, 04:37 PM   #76
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Reading ur build makes me want an xj in the worst way

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Unread 10-29-2012, 07:12 PM   #77
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Finished the truss and reinforcements, also got my new lower control arms and spacers in the mail! Just priming now and hopefully painting tonight as well
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Unread 10-29-2012, 07:13 PM   #78
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Here are pics
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Unread 11-01-2012, 12:03 AM   #79
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Wow, haven't seen that before. The orange looks really good man and lookin forward to see how the 30 turns out once it's under.
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Unread 11-01-2012, 09:09 AM   #80
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it's actually black now, that was just the rust fighting primer I put on it. I should have it under the jeep tonight. Will post pics when it is in
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Unread 11-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #81
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Axle is installed and in good working order. Lift spacers and lower control arms make it sit the way it should.
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Unread 11-06-2012, 03:57 PM   #82
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Thats a great looking XJ man, love the Orange always wanted one in the worst way when I was in high school and still do. How much did you pay for the Axles if you dont mind me asking? I have the dana30 front and a dana44 in the rear that I want to take out and redo or possibly get two dana44's from the yard and swap both of those under my XJ.
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Unread 11-06-2012, 04:33 PM   #83
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Thanks man. I paid $200 a piece for the axles. I had to drive 2 hours to a junkyard for the front axle because it was the only high pinion Dana 30 with 4.10 gears around. Worth it in my opinion tho.

Unfortunately it wasn't as simple as just putting these right under the jeep and going. The 8.8 had no brake hardware whatsoever and the front. Dana 30 was rough. I have an additional couple hundred dollars a piece wrapped up between the two. (ball joints, wheel bearings, diff covers, conversion kit, brakes etc)

Fwiw, in my opinion, if you aren't going very big on tires, say you stay 35" and under you would be better off running your Dana 44 rear and trussing your Dana 30 up front. It will make it fairly strong compared to a Dana 44 front end and be much easier on your wallet as well. Just from what I know I paid to get these done, I can only imagine what Dana 44's would cost to build up. But like I said, that's just my opinion.
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Unread 11-06-2012, 05:03 PM   #84
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Hey man really nice build
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Unread 11-06-2012, 08:24 PM   #85
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Thank you
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Unread 11-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #86
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Thanks man. I paid $200 a piece for the axles. I had to drive 2 hours to a junkyard for the front axle because it was the only high pinion Dana 30 with 4.10 gears around. Worth it in my opinion tho.

Unfortunately it wasn't as simple as just putting these right under the jeep and going. The 8.8 had no brake hardware whatsoever and the front. Dana 30 was rough. I have an additional couple hundred dollars a piece wrapped up between the two. (ball joints, wheel bearings, diff covers, conversion kit, brakes etc)

Fwiw, in my opinion, if you aren't going very big on tires, say you stay 35" and under you would be better off running your Dana 44 rear and trussing your Dana 30 up front. It will make it fairly strong compared to a Dana 44 front end and be much easier on your wallet as well. Just from what I know I paid to get these done, I can only imagine what Dana 44's would cost to build up. But like I said, that's just my opinion.
hey man thanks for the input. I will definitely keep that in mind...I plan on going to 33's maybe 35's(currently 31's) if the price is right. I have to do a disc conversion on my 44 anyway cause it still has the drums...I'm hoping feb or march to get all the parts I need and take a full week off work so I can spend every day on both axles and get it all done in one swoop...re-condition,regear,lock,paint,the whole nine yards. How hard would it be to truss the dana 30? Im just now getting into welding and taking a class at the community college to build my roof rack hah. Keep up the great work man it looks awesome.
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Unread 11-06-2012, 09:29 PM   #87
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Trussing it was actually pretty easy. I just used some stock steel bought at tractor supply, kind of made up my own design after looking at pictures online. I just made sure I stitched the welds (one side, to another, back and forth) to keep the heat down as to not crack or weaken the cast. Looking back I should have taken more pics as they would have helped out, but unfortunately once I start working I kinda get in the zone and block everything out. Especially my camera lol
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Unread 11-06-2012, 11:15 PM   #88
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Trussing it was actually pretty easy. I just used some stock steel bought at tractor supply, kind of made up my own design after looking at pictures online. I just made sure I stitched the welds (one side, to another, back and forth) to keep the heat down as to not crack or weaken the cast. Looking back I should have taken more pics as they would have helped out, but unfortunately once I start working I kinda get in the zone and block everything out. Especially my camera lol
Haha no worries I will definitely look into trussing the Dana30. Keep up the good work.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 04:18 PM   #89
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No updated lately on the XJ. But just downloaded an HDR app on my phone. Decided to post up a pic of the xj and my new J10 project.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 07:48 PM   #90
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That is sweet!
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