Building confidence in the Dana 30
I'm getting ready to run 35's and I need some advice on what order in which to do things to my axle.
At the end of the day I want to run a selectable locker up front, Evo gusset and Nitro sleeve my Dana 30. I may upgrade to RCV's but that'll only be if I blow out the stock axles down the road. I've installed 4.10's and an LSD rear. My wheeling is moderate and I can't justify an aftermarket 44 and I'm not convinced that a Rubi 44 is worth it.
I've heard that I should install sleeves before the gussets, or at the same time (project period). I've read that even through slow and careful welding, the "C's" can still bend slightly, making it really F'ing difficult to pound in the sleeves.
Is there a "safe" time that I can run 35's without gussets on the Dana 30?
The reason I ask is because I don't have easy access to a welder, but I have a freezer and a BFH, so I can easily do the sleeves first. The gussets would probably go on up to a month after initially installing the 35's.
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