OK it might just be scary to me. But I am sure others out there will find this thread beneficial.
I am interested in the following mods but I only have a rough idea as to what this might cost me...i work full time and love my rig but its time to make it more capabable off road. So I might look into getting a small loan to pay for this so I need ball park pricing as to what I can expect in terms of $$$
Here is what I currently have D30/35 3:73 2inch BL 33's.
Here is what I would like D44/44 or 8.8 front and rear with 4:56 and arb front and rear locked..
and yes I am aware this is going to be very expensive...from what I listed what am I looked at for parts and labour...? I dont care if your out a 100 either way...I am just looking for ball park pricing on this future upgrade??
also how good will this setup be...am I along the right thinking with this upgrade?
What kind of wheeling do you plan to do with your rig? While upgrading the rear axle is usually a good idea, swapping the front out is not needed all that often. It's usually only with some very extreme rock crawling when swapping out the front axle becomes thinkable and even then it's not always necessary. Me and most of my friends are still running front Dana 30 axles that have only been upgraded with stronger axle shafts, u-joints, and manual hubs for wheeling some pretty difficult rock crawling trails.
Thanks for the advice...i was just told from others on the board that doing everything at once will save me money down the road...i just dont want to have to touch the under side of my jeep again after I do this mod...other then armour of course.
so my D30 will be fine with 4:56 and an arb locker?
so another words I can leave the front as the D30 and just do the back..and I am still fine with locking the fronts and backs with the arb locker?
and if so...what am I look at price wise for something like this?
i JUST WENT TO 4WHEEL PARTS JUST TO PRICE A SUPER35 WITH ARB AND WAS ABOUT 800.
i KNOW YOU CAN GET A USED D44 OR 8.8 FOR A LOT CHEAPER AND JUST ADD AN ARB. ALSO THE 8.8 NEED A LOT OF WORK TO WORK FOR A TJ. SPRING PERCHES, ETC. I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE 8.8, THOUGH. VERY STRONG.
I WANT TO DO THIS ONCE.
***I AM FAIRLY NEW TO ALL THISSO PLEASE CORRECT ANY INFO OF MINE IF I AM INCORRECT!!!!!****
why waste all the money on a dana 30 when you can build a dana 44 for the same price, and have a stronger axle all around.
dana 30: (these prices are from memory)
hub conversion 800
30 spinle arb kit 1200
ctm ujoints 300
gears 250 (with install kit)
2550 for just the parts and I am sure all of you guys are gonna need the axles set up for you as well
dana 44: (LP's are a waste of time)
axle 100-350 (I got my hp44/9" for 400 bucks)
alloy shafts: 600
tj brackets: 25 (make your own they are cheap)
thats 2575 for parts, but labor would be alittle more in this case since you have to weld on the brackets. most likely you could find some local wheeler to help you with it for cheap or some beer
so for roughly the same price you have a all round stronger axle, stronger ball joints , housing, gears and you can easyly do a hi steer set up pretty cheap so that saves you from buying curries hd crap that bends anyway
So your still suggesting I take the D30 out still...thats what I thought as well...why keep that weak thing in there, if I am taking out a loan I mine as well just do it all at once and never have to worry about it...
from what I have been reading I am so excited about the arb lockers...they sound amazing...
TJCamo...i will admit I know the main parts but the little things...I get lost on...i would love for someone to tell me exactly what I need for this upgrade...as I cant install this myself.
Here's another option no one has mentioned. I just put 4.56 gears and ARBs in my D30/44 Sahara. I went with a Superior Super 30 axles and ARB kit in the front. You get the same size axle shafts as a D44. You're still stuck with a small R&P from the D30 but that's really not a problem if you don't go lower than 4.56. Unless you do pretty extreme wheeling or are overloaded and in a bind you shouldn't have any trouble with this combination. Of course YRMV.
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From the wilds of Northern Arizona