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Unread 04-17-2015, 10:43 AM   #1
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Axle bulid question

So I am looking at building axles front and rear for my 2002 tj, so which is better Dana 44 or Dana 60, the ford 8.8 was ruled out, and then which ever axle I do get I will be install new gears and a locker so which locker is the best idea and most reliable? Thanks in advanced guys

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depends how big you want to go. if you want 35's, the d44. if you want 40-42, the d60

the d60 is a bigger diff, so with 35's it'll be hanging pretty low

ARB for the win
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Anything over 35's on a TJ just doesn't look good, IMO.
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As mentioned above, need to know your tire size you are going to. So why not the 8.8?
X2 on the ARB
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Anything over 35's on a TJ just doesn't look good, IMO.
oem axle width and location, i agree.
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I'll be running 35's and I just have see a lot more 8.8's break over the Dana 44/60 while locked, with the arb do you break lines very often? That's why I though either an ox locker, or electronic locker because you don't have an air line?
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Running 8.8 and ARB and haven't broken but A: I only ran it a couple times last year and B: I also did the Yukon Ultimate 88 (Super 88 knockoff but Superior had gone under so I had no choice) so running chromos and c-clip eliminator.
I can't really see it being any worse than a 44 for strength especially for 35's. The biggest disadvantage for 8.8 is the size of the pumpkin and I see it being a detractor with 33's but not as much with 35's.

For the ARB, as long as you run your lines with your brake lines you should be fine. Every one who I have heard breaking an air line is because they didn't run it right and it got snagged (and that is only a couple of people).

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I'll be running 35's and I just have see a lot more 8.8's break over the Dana 44/60 while locked, with the arb do you break lines very often? That's why I though either an ox locker, or electronic locker because you don't have an air line?
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Running 8.8 and ARB and haven't broken but I can't really see it being any worse than a 44 for strength. The biggest disadvantage for 8.8 is the size of the pumpkin and I see it being a detractor with 33's but not as much with 35's. For the ARB, as long as you run your lines with your brake lines you should be fine. Every one who I have heard breaking an air line is because they didn't run it right and it got snagged (and that is only a couple of people).
Ok that's good to know then because that'll help my decision on lockers
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I agree with avoiding building an 8.8 for the front axle. But it is a stronger axle than a TJ Dana 44, stock to stock.

What kind of brakes will you be using?
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I agree with avoiding building an 8.8 for the front axle.
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I think the only cons to the 8.8 is that it's narrower than the 44 and the pumpkin is bigger (might contact the gas tank, mine clears barely) and the c clip. As far as breaking it though I think if you were in a situation where you broke the 8.8 you probably would have broke the 44. Agreed on the 60's being overkill for 35 inch tires.
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I think the only cons to the 8.8 is that it's narrower than the 44 and the pumpkin is bigger (might contact the gas tank, mine clears barely)
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I think the only cons to the 8.8 is that it's narrower than the 44 and the pumpkin is bigger (might contact the gas tank, mine clears barely) and the c clip. As far as breaking it though I think if you were in a situation where you broke the 8.8 you probably would have broke the 44. Agreed on the 60's being overkill for 35 inch tires.
I don't look at the cclip as being a negative especially on 35's (same with the ground clearance).
Also doing the cclip eliminator you get rid of two of your cons (the width and the cclip). I don't recall what the clearance is though for the 60 vs the 8.8
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