Yea.. I understand now. Breaking thousands of miles from home would suck.
For trips away from home I just need to figure out how to get it back to the trailer. So it's no biggie for me.
I may end up back on a trailer once the kids get older and need more room , but for now its cross country in the LJ .
You know my opinion on this subject as we have beat it to death already.
If you had seen how hard I've been beating on my rubi 44s since putting the Detroit in the rear you wouldn't even consider upgrading the gear set. I see absolutely no reason to put a stronger rear axle in the rear if you are not going bigger.
Also, I wouldn't want a rear axle that is significantly stronger than the front. That's just a false sense of security you are creating for yourself.
If you just want peace of mind do the Jana kit. With a JK gear set, ARB locker, and 35 spline shafts, you will never break that rear axle on 35s, trust me.
Oh, and fab 9 > RJ60
I know the Jana setup is stout , and its one of the options I still consider. And compared to most of y'all I wheel very conservatively . The one difference is driving it out West and back . Finances may dictate that I build the 44 , but I recently sold the blue truck ....
Definitely a tough one if your going to throw all that coin into the D44 tho. Can make more $$ off the rubi axle in good shape that if its busted to offset the 60.
But I'd agree with Jankoid, even with just the stock Rubi D44 that I'm running. In the yea and a half that I've owned the rig, I've been out easily 25 times and each time I tend to puch my limits to what I try even more. I also follow a lot of juggy's around so that usually makes me try some stuff I wouldn't think of trying normally. I also drive to and from the trail, not 1000+ miles but still between 1-4 hrs or so. And the rear is holding up more than fine even without me totally babying it.
So while I think the rubi axle will hold up to you on 35's, I understand your logic as well.
I have had the same conversations with myself ( I get really bored on the road) and others over the last six months . A 60 is way more than I need , unless I break and get stuck somewhere waiting on parts and trying to find a good shop .
But if it is over built and wouldn't have failed anyway, it's wasted money. If probability of failure is so low no one thinks it will happen, is the extra insurance needed? Plus don't 35s not provide enough clearance for a 60?
The 60 will most likely drag a little more , I am going to try and find the clearance differences of the 44 and a Rock Jock . As to the probability of the 44 dieing ? Only if its in the worst location on a Sunday night at the top of a Mountain Pass during one of the hippy gatherings .
So many good points on here! Maybe i can ard another? While I think a RJ60 is awesome I think it's a good idea to consider the disadvantages of having one especially with your anticipated lift height. How much uptravel are you willing to work in there with a RJ60? Will you stay 5-linked or move to a 4-link? Will you be willing to switch beadlocks in the rear? Are you comfortable with wider rear end?
5 linked for now and the foreseeable future . I hadnt considered losing uptravel and thats a valid point . A little more bumpstop would be ok , but I dont want to end up in a downtravel only situation . Some of the 60s offer a dual pattern , but if need be I would swap out the front hubs and go to a larger pattern . I think the Champions would sell pretty easily , so that would partially offset the cost of the new wheels .
This is why I posted the question , before I spent the money . Still a lot of reading to do ...