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post #16 of 47 Old 01-24-2008, 05:26 PM
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Thanks for the write up..this will be referenced when i do mine.


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post #17 of 47 Old 01-24-2008, 06:17 PM
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wow. i think if i had the money to do this, i could follow this and be just fine


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AWESOME write up... i love the budweiser... an essential component to any comprehensive tool set. ::

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post #19 of 47 Old 01-24-2008, 06:48 PM
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Stu better watch out, this rivals some of his great write-ups!
Excellent work!

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nice write up. Curious though, with all that work involved you didn't ad skids to anything. I had to add skids to my lower control arm mounts because they were ready to get ripped off. Maybe you wheel different terrain. Nice work

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post #21 of 47 Old 01-25-2008, 05:08 PM
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whew, you're gonna need a vacation after your vacation!

Seriously though, that's a lot of work, and not the most straight forward work either, so nice job!

(good job with this thread in general too. this kinda content is a gem on JF.)



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I'm kind of surprised that with that much work you opted for a front D30 instead of D44. What are your reasons for that?



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thanks fellas....

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I'm kind of surprised that with that much work you opted for a front D30 instead of D44. What are your reasons for that?
sir,

I'm not sure if you read any of the earlier chapters I posted....I knew pretty much nothing about all this jeep stuff until I started reading the forums and asking questions. In my first picture essay, I mentioned that I wanted to start from the very basics and learn from personal experience. In discussions I read or had with some of the folks I've met since I started looking into all this, each modification or product purchase I made was frequently mentioned as reasonable.

I paid more than anyone ever admits for the rear rubicon dana 44, and more than most would think reasonable for the front junkyard hp d30. From what I've learned, I didn't get the impression that the cost of a front dana 44 would be worth it for my limited experiences, especially since I seem to be the worst horse trader in the jeep hobby. I also mentioned in one of the essays, I thought a long time about the tire size I wanted to run before I started buying parts. I hope the dana 30 will be more than adequate for 33 inch tires.

Anyway, thank you for the kind thoughts and thanks for digging up this post. I don't know what percent of forum readers have a high speed internet connection. I bet people cuss me when they try to read my story and it shuts down their computer. My stuff gets buried pretty fast by the other fellas who post regularly here. And I don't feel comfortable about bumping it back to the front for no reason.

I have a lot of additional plans for this, my first wrangler, but I have to work within a limited budget....and this first stage from stock to as it is now will take me awhile to recover from financially.

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Curious though, with all that work involved you didn't ad skids to anything. I had to add skids to my lower control arm mounts because they were ready to get ripped off. Maybe you wheel different terrain
sir,

several folks have suggested I have some mini skids welded to the lower control arm mounts....I plan to do that very soon. I haven't had a lot of opportunity to go trail riding yet, but that is what I want to do with this jeep when I get the chance. I joined the local club and they have a trip planned for late spring to a rock crawl site (out of state). I hope to have some more armor by then.

thank you for reading the essay.

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ah, well if 33s are your max size and you aren't bumping them up bigger, then no worries. Your D30 will suit you just fine.



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The hp30 should hold up great to 33's, you seem to be a cautious man so as long as you treat it good it will treat you good. Mine held up for multiple years with 35's running trails like the rubicon every other weekend. The hp30 is the best budget axle fr the front of the tj which can be found with 4.11's and it give much added ring gear strength and if you outgrow it some you could add alloy shafts if you wanted to.
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Wow, good job.

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nice write-up, thanks

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great write up very informative
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post #29 of 47 Old 03-06-2008, 04:14 PM
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free bump.. love these write-ups

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I just went and grabbed 2 rubi axles locked and everything for $100 each then $1000 for 2 entirely new stronger housing and bingo I got 2 locked 44's that are as strong as 1 tons for $1200
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I'm kind of surprised that with that much work you opted for a front D30 instead of D44. What are your reasons for that?
Not to degrade the original posters hard work but swapping out an already made axle is not all that much work. Undo 5 bolts and nuts for control arms and trackbar, remove tie rod, disconnect swaybar link, shocks, DS and brake calipers and it drops out. I guess it SOUNDS like a hard and difficult work but it really isn't, it just takes time.

With that said, I can think of many reasons why one or I would go with HP30 from D30.

Available 4.11, high pinion, bolt on, numbers of available aftermarket parts and upgrades, high pinion, high pinion and bolt on. Did I say high pinion?

You can pick up some HP with 4.11 anywhere from $200 to $500 from what I can see. If you are moving up from D30 with 3.07. HP30 gives a lot of advantages for the money and to me it is almost no brainer if you are into getting more clearance.

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