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Unread 03-14-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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D44a Truss, anyone make them now?

Been searching around and was going to get the MVC one but then noticed they went out of business.. TNT is another but cannot find pictures of this (anyone have it?). Going to be adding a locker (spartan still available?) and would like the extra strength for it to hold up. Would rather buy then get one built

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Unread 03-15-2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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TNT makes one for the standard D44, and it goes on top.

Another company had posted some with a skid but I don't know if those ever made it into production

here is the thread on mallcrawlin about it: http://mallcrawlin.com/forum/showthr...a-WJ-D44A-axle

I bought a TNT D44 and am trimming it and adding a skid for the yoke. Looks like it will work perfect.
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Unread 03-15-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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Ill take a look at that thanks. The d44a and hd models are the same right?
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Unread 03-16-2013, 12:17 AM   #4
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Yep, 44A and HD same. Standard D44 a little different shape to the center chunk.

Also, the TNT truss is designed to go on top of the D44, so using it underneath requires some "fitting"
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Unread 03-16-2013, 07:55 AM   #5
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Dana 44a and 44hd are the same when talking Chrysler differentials. Ford has a Dana 44hd as well, but its a front diff.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 08:04 AM   #6
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mvcustoms made one for under but I don't know if there still in business, it still had to be welded on. Best bet is fab your own over the top...
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Unread 03-16-2013, 08:44 AM   #7
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I put mine under to make it easier to attach the front skid to.
Not to mention clearing the UCA mount, altho you could attach it to that.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 10:31 AM   #8
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Ya mvc either went out of business or their site is down.. the plan is to make it go underneath for ease of a skid and not dealing with the uca mount. Not too worried about ground clearance it would mostly be for strength. Guess I'll go buy some plate and start fitting it, just gotta get someone to weld it all together, kind of the same way mvc had theirs made up. 3/16 should be strong enough to hold up. Time to bust out the tape measurer
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Unread 03-16-2013, 11:32 AM   #9
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The TNT one is 3/16. Once I trimmed it out to fit the 44A cover side, the other cut is almost perfect on the front edge, maybe 1/4 in clearance on the housing. It hangs about 1/2 inch below the housing flange right now but I still need to do just a little more fitting to get it "just" right.

It is just above 1/2 up the sides of the axle tubes, and reaches the sway bar mounts on either side.

I am still out of town for a couple more weeks but I'll post up pics when it gets welded on.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 01:42 PM   #10
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Yea please post pics once its all said and done, theres no rush on doing this since its still pretty cold up here. But I'd like to have it ready for the summer.

Only lockers available for it are aussie and spartan right?
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Only lockers available for it are aussie and spartan right?
yep
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Unread 03-18-2013, 11:27 AM   #12
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been looking for one for awhile and decided to fab up my own based on that TNT one, but im thinking of a way to keep it low profile and run along the top of the diff, almost like an a arm spacer and truss all in one, so it will hopefully make the entire axle stronger, not just keep the axles inline, what do u guys think
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Unread 03-18-2013, 11:41 AM   #13
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like this http://s159.photobucket.com/user/qua...%20skid?page=1 you should follow that thread on mallcrawlin
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Unread 03-18-2013, 12:15 PM   #14
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dam i guess i might have to join that forum too, within 5 mins i found like a half dozen ideas i havent seen on here, course there truss design seems alittle over done, im thinking more like a simple 1/2 plate t beam setup with the top of the t beam running over the diff, that way it isnt so big and complex, alot less welding too! but i might end up buying one if the price stays the same, because it would mean less down time for me
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Unread 03-18-2013, 12:35 PM   #15
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I really like that idea. Been following the mall crawling thread but did they ever go into production?
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