Once all the parts are delivered (everything has been ordered
) I'll put up a small build thread with photos and mention of all aspects that go into making this work. When I was researching the challenge of getting a sprung over D44 into a CJ5 all I could find where little pieces of the puzzle. Something that was lacking where detailed photos and specifics to doing this in a CJ5. I've been told the reason for this supposedly is because now everyone is installing Dana 60's in the front of their rigs. It's the latest trend I guess. I don't keep up with trends.
Dana 60's are strong, but they weigh in at over 500 lbs fully dressed. Weight is not your friend when trying to climb steep off-camber terrain with slick, uneven rock and loose flat shale mixed in for fun. Weight is no friend of decent fuel economy on the highway as well. This Dana 44 will weigh slightly over 1/2 the amount of a 60 and be strong enough for any trail WA state has to offer. Maybe I'm preaching to the choir, I don't know.
Shoot, my narrow track Dana 30 has already tackled most trails here without breaking. Of course, I wheel with my brain, not my right foot. I'm just going with a D44 so I can remove any and all doubt about the reliability of my front axle. After the day I saw how small the ring and pinion was in a D30 I knew it had to go bye-bye. Prior to that I had no problem with my D30, but now that I'm aware, I can't go back. That R&P looked like something that belongs in a Honda ATV 4-wheeler, I swear.
Ok guys, thank you for your responses. I'm off my soap-box. Without your help I would have probably given up and bought a Subaru