I am have a tough decision between these two axles. Both will be getting 4:88 gears, ARB locker, disc brakes, and chromoly shafts. I just previously posted about what is needed to swap in an 8.8 but turns out the guy sold the 8.8 out from under after we made a deal and arrangements already. So now i am just going to buy one of these two axles new and already assembled just need some help, advice, and opinions. Thanks
Why not spend just a bit extra and get the dana 60? Then you would know you have the strongest axle they have.
Unless your running 37's or bigger the Dana 60 would hang way to low under it. Both axles would be plenty strong. If you go the g2 route get the larger 33 spline axles. The Dana 44 would be a better fit. The 8.8 is narrow and the pinion is offset more.
I think you should go back to your original plan and build your own 8.8. Go get one out of a junkyard and build it how you want it. Will be cheaper than a prebuilt setup. We've sourced 2 8.8's for both the Wranglers in my family. Mine I bought off a guy who pulled it from a JY to put into his XJ but never finished. The other we pulled out of a '99 Explorer in a local junkyard. With the Artec kit, install couldn't be easier and you get a truss.
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the tire sizes i would be running would be between 35's and 37's. When i was pricing the axles they were damn near some price and ready to drop in, and i were to build one it would be close to same price as well beacuse i would take it to my mechanic for the gears locker and any welding. So i was leaning more toward a complete kit because in bolt in ready and you have the piece of mind everything will work right with no issues and if not you have a place to take it to to fix any issues. I APRRECIATE all the advice.
If I were considering a 37" tire I wouldn't be looking at a Dana 44 rear for longevity unless it was a jk 44 with the larger pinion shank and 9" ring gear. The 8.8 is the better choice for that large of a tire. If you are going to spend that kind of money on axles why not just have a shop build you a custom 9". The 9" is strong, can be shaved to have more clearance then a Dana 35 and are abundant!
I would use either the G2 D44 or the RJD60. Both are designed to bolt in, use your original brakes and are stronger than a 8.8. You will probably have to modify or swap the gas tank skid to run the RJD60, but the strength and ground clearance are well worth it IMO.
I dunno but to me, being asked to choose between ProComp's Genuine Gear G2 house brand and an 8.8 is like being told to choose between Hostess Twinkies and chocolate covered mini-donuts. Neither are all that appealing to me when there are USDA Prime steaks & In 'n Out hamburgers out there. 8.8 axles are a good choice for many but I personally would rather have Dana axles on my TJ. One reason being that the 8.8's pinion is offset to the side more which makes it harder on the rear driveshaft.