Okay so I am trying to decide which way to go with my jeep.. I was thinking about buying a rear dana 60 and a front dana 44 from G2 axle. The rear would be great but im only wanting to gear at 4.88. The front Dana 44 uses the same outers as the Dana 30. Im running 35" tires. My other option would be to go with a super 35 kit with an arb, and a super 30 with arb.. The 44 from currie isnt much different from the 30 from what ive read.
Getting those axles brand new is going to be a pretty penny. Since you will be running 35s why dont you just upgrade a d30 for the front and find a used 44 or ford 8.8 for the rear. Much Much cheaper then buying brand new and plenty strong for 35" tires.
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yea i thought a super 35 kit was a good idea. i ripped up the gears about 4 times and eventually ripped the ring gear flange clean off the detroit locker. dont waste your money. i also upgraded the dana 30 and destroyed and rebuilt it several times. im only running 33s. i have a g2 dana 44 in the back now with 33 spline shafts and an arb. i have been beating on it now for almost 2 years with no trouble.
I started with a 30 35 combo and thrashed it. I now run an 8.8 with an f250 hpdana 44 cut to waggy length. I run 35 inch tires and I giver her hell and havent broke yet. I run an auss8e locker front and rear front chrome moly shafts and the 8.8 is stock
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Personally, I do run a 30 front with 35s. I have run it for over three years and the PO did for 5 before that.
I am not known as a light footed person with the folks that have seen me on the trail. My 30 (stock not the XJ replacement) is aussie locked, stock inner shafts (because I haven't broke them yet), superior outers (broke those), C gussetted, 4.88 gears, unit bearings, Spicer BJs and wheel spacers (just added) and it has been holding up fine and is my DD. I will eventually have a 44 up front for piece of mind, but is it needed? I think 8 years of wheeling on the 30 would say that it is fine for what I do. Would I upgrade to a 60 front and 80 rear if I could, yes.
All that matters is what you are comfortable with... spending, wrenching on and what your pocket book allows. I have seen 37s and 38s on the dana 30 on the trail (never more than once, because I dont wheel with those people very often) but I am sure it is doable.
Thanks for all of the input! Ive been reading all afternoon about the 30vs44. Theres a lot of info out there! Ive decided to spend the money on the 60.. The price quote for the 35 upgrade is 2479. (Thats with an Arb) G2 price is 3400 geared, new, and complete piece of mind.. Its worth the 1000$ to me. The front end is 2100 for the 30 upgrade. The 44 is 2800 w/ Arb. Piece ofmind again, and the option to upgrade the outers is always there if I decide to sell tires and wheels. Thanks forall of the help!
If you are going to build an axle for 35s, make sure you think about ground clearance. My fabricated 9 has the same ground clearance as my waggy 44 front with the strength of of a D60. And lighter to boot.
I found a 9"rear and a dana 44 front already set up w/ 4.56 gears chromolly shafts and lockers for 1000$. I need to trade my brand new wheels and tires for a set that will work. The pattern is 5 on 5.5.