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Unread 12-31-2013, 10:27 AM   #35176
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The axle truss is finally done, here are some pictures of Joe showing off his welding skills never new that by adding the truss the axle would look so big (i know its just a Dana 30 so do't make fun of me)

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Unread 12-31-2013, 10:37 AM   #35177
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Looks good TJ. I admit to looking into one of those for my 44's as well. Never seen one in person though.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 10:46 AM   #35178
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Yeah I should drive against the speed limiter in San Diego. lol

How do you know it was Siri? I am going to have to look that up now. Very interesting. I wonder if there is a special program for that. Betsy works with blind kids and she never mentioned anything like that.

Off to search Googlewebz....
You know, I guess I don't. I just made the mother of all assumptions based on what I saw. He was definitely blind and had the phone right up to his face similar to what people do when they're driving (which cracks me up btw). I don't own an iPhone but don't they only have a home button which is used door Siri? There was some chit chatter. I could have been mistaken, he was about 20' away. Definitely something worth looking into for Betsy though
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Unread 12-31-2013, 10:47 AM   #35179
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The axle truss is finally done, here are some pictures of Joe showing off his welding skills never new that by adding the truss the axle would look so big (i know its just a Dana 30 so do't make fun of me)
That'll never work
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Unread 12-31-2013, 02:49 PM   #35180
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That'll never work
Are you playing or serious?
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Unread 12-31-2013, 03:25 PM   #35181
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Unread 12-31-2013, 03:34 PM   #35182
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I'd like to hear a really in depth on this one. Theory and all of that as far as stress points on the various axles and how this type of truss is good or bad for it.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 05:45 PM   #35183
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Holy smokes Batman Is that a D30 or is it a D60?

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I'd like to hear a really in depth on this one. Theory and all of that as far as stress points on the various axles and how this type of truss is good or bad for it.
I'm not a truss expert by any stretch. So no words of wisdom as far as expertise from me.

I have made a few and installed a few, but that's about it.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 07:09 PM   #35184
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I'd like to hear a really in depth on this one. Theory and all of that as far as stress points on the various axles and how this type of truss is good or bad for it.
General consensus is, that it helps somewhat to keep the long side axle tube from bending
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Unread 12-31-2013, 07:12 PM   #35185
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having bent the long side of my 30 making an alignment worthless and causing my ARB to lose all its pre-load. A 30 is pretty thin walled so a truss will benefit it quite a bit. You can also do internal sleeves or both. Side note... Brown Santa came to my house today.. Tomorrow is my Saturday so you know I wont leave my garage for a few days
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Unread 12-31-2013, 07:18 PM   #35186
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having bent the long side of my 30 making an alignment worthless and causing my ARB to lose all its pre-load. A 30 is pretty thin walled so a truss will benefit it quite a bit. You can also do internal sleeves or both. Side note... Brown Santa came to my house today.. Tomorrow is my Saturday so you know I wont leave my garage for a few days
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Unread 12-31-2013, 07:23 PM   #35187
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This 1/4" rokman plate rear bumper is pretty dang stout. Hear its a PITA to install. Gotta drop the back of the tank, notch out some of my stock rear crossmember, pull off my left and right rear body mounts, install blind hardware, then I can prep and paint... got some drilling to do for my frame tie ins, wire up my license plate lite-n-bolt light hardware, relocate my cb antenna. That's about it for now.
By the way, what do you do at UPS? I know a few aircraft mechanics over there, a couple of dock guys, a dock supervisor too. Ontario UPS I assume?
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Unread 12-31-2013, 07:28 PM   #35188
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Tractor mechanic. Aircraft mechanic would be sweet big bucks and a 3 day work week
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Unread 12-31-2013, 07:46 PM   #35189
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I'd like to hear a really in depth on this one. Theory and all of that as far as stress points on the various axles and how this type of truss is good or bad for it.
The Dana 30 in low or high pinion shares a common weakness with all the iterations of front axles under Jeeps from 87-06 and that is the upper balljoint hole in the inner C. If you stress the axle enough that a truss makes any difference in keep it alive, you will elongate or stretch the material around the upper balljoint and it is no longer a press fit.

The incidence of bent long side tubes is low enough that in the rare event that it does happen, you simply hit up a junkyard, toss a relatively few bucks at them and swap the parts over to the new housing.

If you truss it and beat on it enough to wallow out the upper balljoint hole, it now becomes less likely that you will toss and instead want to repair it. It can be done and I've sent out several inner C's to folks who have done it. It is not however, an easy or painless repair.

We love'em to death, but at the end of the day, they are still disposable housings.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 07:48 PM   #35190
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You can also do internal sleeves or both.
I have a JK HP 44 laying in the driveway. It was broken in half at the long side tube WITH the internal sleeves installed as per the directions. Would you like it?
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