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Unread 08-03-2007, 11:00 PM   #76
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While I'm still waiting for my Lift, I figured I would show everyone why they should NOT try to install this axle in a rig with "stock" suspension...

could you get a factory dana 44 diff cover and install that until you get your lift they are in the 4sale area all the time from cheap to free, and ebay has em for cheap as well, just a sugestion.

keep us updated

i really like that axle man, i want one --or two

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Unread 08-03-2007, 11:03 PM   #77
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could you get a factory dana 44 diff cover and install that until you get your lift they are in the 4sale area all the time from cheap to free, and ebay has em for cheap as well, just a sugestion.

keep us updated

i really like that axle man, i want one --or two
Lift will be here in a couple weeks... already on order and just back ordered from Rubicon Express per DC4WD... While I'm under there, I decided to go ahead and toss in the Teralow 4:1 and 2Low while I'm messing with the SYE/CV anyhow...
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Unread 08-03-2007, 11:07 PM   #78
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nice , sounds like you are gonna have sweet ride when you get done
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Unread 09-03-2007, 06:56 PM   #79
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Unread 09-03-2007, 07:27 PM   #80
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Well... yeah...

I got the Lift Done this past week...

http://jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=457012

... everything now clears thie Solid Diff Cover (the Kilby Gas Tank Skid is back on), and while I haven't done and mad flexxing in the back yet (still waiting on rear drive shaft), I believe that I've very close to having something that will be very capable off road and smooth on.

Now connecting the RE Rear Tri-Link Truss to the Solid Axle D44 took a little "custom" work since the shape of the Diff isn't exactly "stock" to connect the truss... I asked the guys at Solid and they didn't really have any suggestions for that Lift and their axle (well they did, but picking a different lift wasn't really my idea of a suggestion ) Luckily there is a huge flat spot on the top of the diff, that will some creative chopping and a couple spacers and some custom fab to the truss bolt holes we were able to make the thing work... to me it seems MUCH MUCH more solid than using the 3 bolts on the top of the diff cover, and I guess I thank SOLID for adding all the extra junk on top of the diff to make that possible.

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Unread 08-14-2008, 12:39 PM   #81
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I am having the exact same mounting issues do you have any other pictures of the tri-link truss install? I am interested if the had to modify the upper control arm mounts or if they needed to grind down the center mounting tab on the axle. Any pictures or info on the install would be greatly appreciated!


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Unread 08-28-2008, 12:39 PM   #82
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Wilwood is fine for manual assist master cylinders (can't go over 1,100 lbs of pressure). If you plan on having a vacuum booster or hydroboost don't do it. You will flex those calipers something fierce. Whenever you're building a rig with oversize tires you need a 1 piece caliper (Wilwoods are 2 pieces bolted together).

I've already had quite a few guys spend way more then my kit on wilwoods calipers, rotors, pads etc and ended up throwing it all away to put on one of my kits.

Trust me, wilwood and built up rigs (33+ tires) do not get along.
Destroyed a Rear Wilwood mounting plate (Brake line bracket and pretty nice gouges on the Caliper) on the Drivers side...no idea how... busted into about 5 "chunks"... Solid has said that I'm outside of the 12 month warranty (by a couple months) and I'm SOL and will need to buy new parts... Also had to swap the Pass. caliper after about 60 days of install since it was hanging up (although Solid did cover that under warranty). I emailed Wilwood to see if there was anything they can do.

I have less than 4,000miles on the Jeep most of which on pavement, since the Axle Swap last summer.

Van (and whomever else), "you can say I told you so"... Vanco Big brakes are still on my "wish list" for up front, but kind of wish I hadn't messed with the Wilwood Discs for the back...

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I'm running ford explorer rear discs, because I was told about the housings on Wilwood calipers being kind of weak! Good luck!
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Destroyed a Rear Wilwood mounting plate (Brake line bracket and pretty nice gouges on the Caliper) on the Drivers side...no idea how... busted into about 5 "chunks"... Solid has said that I'm outside of the 12 month warranty (by a couple months) and I'm SOL and will need to buy new parts... Also had to swap the Pass. caliper after about 60 days of install since it was hanging up (although Solid did cover that under warranty). I emailed Wilwood to see if there was anything they can do.
Wilwood may do something, but they used to have a big disclaimer that their calipers were not covered by any warranty do to the offroad aspect of most of the apps. Another reason is the pistons don't have dust covers and are pretty susceptible to getting hung up if they get too dirty.

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I have less than 4,000miles on the Jeep most of which on pavement, since the Axle Swap last summer.

Van (and whomever else), "you can say I told you so"... Vanco Big brakes are still on my "wish list" for up front, but kind of wish I hadn't messed with the Wilwood Discs for the back...

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Sorry for your troubles, but it's good feedback for a lot of folks considering different stuff.

Do you know what rear bearings you're running?
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Do you know what rear bearings you're running?
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The axle uses set 20 bearings (Ford big bearing).
...and to be clear to anyone that may read this thread, my opinion of the rest of the Solid Axle is OUTSTANDING... I have been very happy with the performance when I've been able to take it out and beat on it offroad (not nearly as often as I would like), and it's done everything I've needed or wanted... the Wilwood brakes...not so much!

As one of the previous posts mentioned, getting the Tri-Link Truss mounted took some Custom work, but otherwise it has been a great investment.
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if you're gonna get 35-spline and 1/2 inch tubing, might as well get a D60! if you're going to drop the coin, you might as well do it to the max!!!
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...and to be clear to anyone that may read this thread, my opinion of the rest of the Solid Axle is OUTSTANDING... I have been very happy with the performance when I've been able to take it out and beat on it offroad (not nearly as often as I would like), and it's done everything I've needed or wanted... the Wilwood brakes...not so much!

As one of the previous posts mentioned, getting the Tri-Link Truss mounted took some Custom work, but otherwise it has been a great investment.
If it uses Set 20 bearings in the Big Bearing Torino housing ends, a set of Explorer rear loaded backing plates and disc brakes will bolt right up. You may need the spacer ring between the top of the axle seal and 4 bolt bearing retainer if the Wilwood plates are thinner than the Cast Explorer versions.
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Van (and whomever else), "you can say I told you so"... Vanco Big brakes are still on my "wish list" for up front, but kind of wish I hadn't messed with the Wilwood Discs for the back...

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interested in whatever is left of the Wilwoods.

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if you're gonna get 35-spline and 1/2 inch tubing, might as well get a D60! if you're going to drop the coin, you might as well do it to the max!!!
not a good plan for 35-37's
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interested in whatever is left of the Wilwoods.
Well, I didn't say I'm ready to completely "give up" on the Wilwoods... If I can find someone that actually wants to sell me some replacement parts (Since Solid Axle apparently isn't interested in any more of my $$$), it might just be cheaper to get some replacements and get by with these for a while... I think the caliper, which now not "real pretty" I think will be fully functional, I might just need the new plate, brake line bracket, but not 100% sure.

I guess it depends on how much $$$ I am talking for just fixing this, or worrying about a swap to something different. I'd rather get this "operational" and then spend my $$$ on the front brakes.

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Well, I didn't say I'm ready to completely "give up" on the Wilwoods... If I can find someone that actually wants to sell me some replacement parts (Since Solid Axle apparently isn't interested in any more of my $$$), it might just be cheaper to get some replacements and get by with these for a while... I think the caliper, which now not "real pretty" I think will be fully functional, I might just need the new plate, brake line bracket, but not 100% sure.

I guess it depends on how much $$$ I am talking for just fixing this, or worrying about a swap to something different. I'd rather get this "operational" and then spend my $$$ on the front brakes.

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A bit of this will be slightly tongue-in-cheek, but it's worthy of note.

According to the 8.8 crowd, an 8.8 is able to be had all day long with rear discs for 150-200 bucks. Buy one and sell the housing, keep the brakes.

I'd start there.

Currie has complete sets for a decent price considering they are all new parts from Ford.
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