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Unread 01-08-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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8 lug 44 front, strong enough?

I am needing to find a front axle for my build. I have been trying to find a dana 60 but people think that all 60s are worth $1000 buck incomplete and in the wrong gear.

I can get an 8 lug 44 or 10 bolt for under $400 and have money left to spare. I am concerned as I plan to run 38s maybe 40s. Can they hold up if I treat em right? I know 60s would be better, but they are hard to find.

Motor is a 360/727/300

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Unread 01-08-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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That big of a tire get some 60's.
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around here you can buy a whole rusted out/ junk truck for $1000 +/-with 60's front and rear. hell it may even run. Hell ..........who am I kidding some of those are daily drivers in the rust belt........lol.


serious tho, look for a complete truck, headed to JY, then you'll get lots of parts, you may need or can sell. then junk rest of the truck.
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around here you can buy a whole rusted out/ junk truck for $1000 +/-with 60's front and rear. hell it may even run. Hell ..........who am I kidding some of those are daily drivers in the rust belt........lol.


serious tho, look for a complete truck, headed to JY, then you'll get lots of parts, you may need or can sell. then junk rest of the truck.
Been trying that as well, but really only need the axle I have everything else for my build. Engine, tranny xnsfer etc. If I needed the motor and tranny than I would feel good about a whole vehicle...
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Unread 01-08-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
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Been trying that as well, but really only need the axle I have everything else for my build. Engine, tranny xnsfer etc. If I needed the motor and tranny than I would feel good about a whole vehicle...
Pull the axles, and scrap the rest for $400.
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I would do 60's with that size tire.

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Unread 01-08-2012, 02:02 PM   #7
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Depends on how you plan on wheeling it. Id go 1ton. An 8lug d44 is no stronger than a 5 or 6lug d44.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 02:36 PM   #8
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The only D44 front axle that is stronger than others are the 74-77 ford high pinion ones. Most of these have 1/2" wall tubes and reverse cut gears are stronger in a front axle. But they still have 30 spline shafts. If you had one of these and ran alloy shafts on it then you would be good for 37" tires.

Note that there are "super 44" carriers for 33 spline axle shafts in a Dana 44 but I don't know where you would get 33 spline axle shafts.
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