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Unread 07-31-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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Dana 44 axle shaft upgrade?

I have an 04 Rubicon and I'd like to upgrade axle shafts.

To those of you that have upgraded:

Which axle shafts did you choose and why?

How much were they?

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Unread 07-31-2010, 08:41 PM   #2
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Check out Superior. We went with AlloyUSA but there have been changes in the company ownership and I'm not sure I'd recommend them now.
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you cant fix something that is not broke! IMO no need to upgrade till you brake one. I went with G2 axles when I broke one. Working great so far after a year of DD and wheeling hard!
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You could upgrade to chromoly shafts but other than that there is nothing I can think of other than swapping out the axle.

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you cant fix something that is not broke! IMO no need to upgrade till you brake one...
That's one philosophy but when an axle breaks, it sometimes takes something with it. Also, they have the darnedest habit of letting go in rather remote locations. Not an issue if you carry spares though.
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I've heard good things about Superior, as well. I think one could upgrade to those and keep the stock shafts as spares...could they not?
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I think one could upgrade to those and keep the stock shafts as spares...could they not?[/QUOTE]

very true.
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I think one could upgrade to those and keep the stock shafts as spares...could they not?
very true.[/QUOTE]

True and advisable.
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True and advisable.
That's good to know. I'm also trying to figure the best way to upgrade my D44 shafts, because I'm heading towards high-clearance fenders and 35's pretty quickly: the alloy shafts would make me feel better.

I don't know much about the weak points of the axles. All I've determined thus far is that the stock air locker has a weak spot, the front outers aren't the best, and alloy shafts would be a welcome upgrade.

Too bad the D44's won't handle 37's...I'd love the extra inch of clearance.
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That's good to know. I'm also trying to figure the best way to upgrade my D44 shafts, because I'm heading towards high-clearance fenders and 35's pretty quickly: the alloy shafts would make me feel better.

I don't know much about the weak points of the axles. All I've determined thus far is that the stock air locker has a weak spot, the front outers aren't the best, and alloy shafts would be a welcome upgrade.

Too bad the D44's won't handle 37's...I'd love the extra inch of clearance.
Your rear axle can handle 37's if you upgrade to a super kit. However it's your front axle which is the weakest link only the pumpkin is Dana 44 whereas the tubes/outershafts/knuckles are all Dana 30. You definitely have to truss it while also upgrading shafts.

I would also consider upgrading your brakes and steering as well.
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I've heard good things about Superior, as well. I think one could upgrade to those and keep the stock shafts as spares...could they not?
Yes, as long as you keep the stock spline count (No Super Kits).
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That's good to know. I'm also trying to figure the best way to upgrade my D44 shafts, because I'm heading towards high-clearance fenders and 35's pretty quickly: the alloy shafts would make me feel better.

I don't know much about the weak points of the axles. All I've determined thus far is that the stock air locker has a weak spot, the front outers aren't the best, and alloy shafts would be a welcome upgrade.

Too bad the D44's won't handle 37's...I'd love the extra inch of clearance.
this is only my opinion and my experience but my buddy has ran 37 boggers on his xj 44, and it has been fine. He beat on his too, much more than I would ever. Im running 37 MTRs on my xj 44 and it has held up fine. I still am trying to find some trail spares though, just in case.
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I would look at RCV. When I'm ready to upgrade my Rubi axles, I'm going with RCV and eliminate the front ujoint all together.They run about $960 for the set. Lifetime warranty. None of the typical ujoint issues at full lock and under power.
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I would look at RCV. When I'm ready to upgrade my Rubi axles, I'm going with RCV and eliminate the front ujoint all together.They run about $960 for the set. Lifetime warranty. None of the typical ujoint issues at full lock and under power.
Not sure about the cost delta but another option is CTM's.
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Not sure about the cost delta but another option is CTM's.
Why spend $500 on CTM's when you can upgrade to RCV shafts for another $400 and still have your completely assembled stock shafts to use as spares?

Besides the spicer 760x joints are PLENTY strong.
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