I mall crawl my junk this weekend. had a sales event at our local 4WP & played on their rock garden a little. Made it farther than I ever have unassisted, but still didn't make it all the way. The flat belly is niiiice! Ended up bending the Currie drag link. Slid off a large rock & landed right on it. No other major carnage except for that & some more rock rash on the sliders & rims. I had the GoPro on the windshield, but the first hard hit threw it up to the sky & the next pointed it at the hood, so the entire video pretty much sucks.
I'm almost embarrassed to post these videos after watching the clips from the boys trip out west.
Thanks. It's the exact axle I was looking to put in it eventually. A guy in our club (4WTF) had it & has been sitting on it for some time. I finally talked him into selling it to me.
It'll be a slow build. The plan is to get the lug pattern to 5x5.5 through the combination of some F150 & Dodge parts, while still being able to run the larger F250 dual caliper brakes. Then narrow it down to about 63". Once it's built, it'll get a 3 link when installed. I also will need to save up for some new rims & seeing as how I need larger rims to clear the brakes & also the new lug pattern, I might as well get some 37's for it.
Still mulling over this 8 lug versus 5 lug deal. Things may get more interesting & more expensive, but the rig will be set for life. I can't really see the point in getting an F250 axle & basically downgrading it to an F150. Plus, I am wanting to run 5.38 gears when this is all done, the ford 8.8 goes from 5.13 to 5.71, no 5.38 that I could find easily. So, I am seriously looking into the possibility of ditching the Ford 8.8 & replacing it with a narrowed Dana 60. Looks to be relatively cheap to build. Would eliminate some headaches & would be one stout rig for 37's.
This will all happen VERY slowly & I'll be looking for some deals on a lot of stuff to make it happen quicker. It might take me a couple years to get it all ready to sling under the rig.
Back to the D44. Thoughts on the Jana 54 kit? I read over the install directions yesterday & not sure I'm a fan. The custom turned bearing races & you have to epoxy in the pinion race sort of turned me off.
I vote for not narrowing.....it'll make your life much easier and it'll cost you less.
The only real added cost will be new shafts, which I'm replacing with chromos anyway. Huck is doing all the shortening work for me. It'll be shortened to a standard shaft length so they'll be off the shelf & not anything custom.
The rear Dana 60 will be "custom" shafts, but ECGS sells Yukon "cut to length" 35 spline chromoly shafts. So I don't see that as a huge deal either. I could also have Branik turn the stock 30 splines down for minimal cost if I stick with the stock splines.
Unless I'm missing something. I will be the first to admit I am a total newb on all this axle stuff. Not sure what other costs would be associated with narrowing. I'm just not a big fan of the full width look, too wide, & I like being a little narrower to fit between trees etc, but also want a little more width than stock TJ for stability. I need to do some measuring of the hub to see what sort of backspacing I want to run to keep the hubs tucked in the rim, but 63" or 65" WMS is what I'm thinking. Huck is running 65" with 5" backspacing. That puts his overall width at ~80".
OK, I thought you were going down closer to TJ width. 65" is a nice width on a TJ and still lets you run a nice amount of backspacing (4-5") while still being plenty wide, stable and providing room for stuff. If you're sticking with springs and shocks, that'll work great.