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post #1 of 42 Old 08-22-2008, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Mountain Valley Customs Truss for Dana 44A

Has anyone gotten one of these, seen one or heard anything about a Mountain Valley Customs Truss for Dana 44A? I am considering getting one put on but can't find a good picture or description of one.


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Check this post on the WDYDTYGCT thread.

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i just bought one today... thats my post that was linked to above

when mine comes in next week ill post up lots of pics of it

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i like what it dose, but i realy dislike how wide it is, i personaly think it should be just a bit wider than the diff, that way you lose less clearence.

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i really like it... the wider the better i think.. the more bracing to keep it from twisting the better... it doesnt really go down further than the diff except for a tiny bit right under the diff so not really much clearance is lost.... if a rock is gonna be high enough to get that close to the axle i would rather have it hit the truss than the axle anyways

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id rather not hit the rock at all... but thats me... to each his own...

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whats the point of havin skids if you dont bang them on rocks?




oh and on a side note... this means if i wanted to i could jack from the diff on my 44a Technically i would be jacking on the skid which is applying all of the pressure to the tubes... not the diff

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the red is what the skid would be.... so its narrower, and it would have a "U" that cradles the axle tube, to prevent twisting, and add extra support.

do you see how much of the rest of the low hanging skid you get rid of?


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its not just a skid you see

i do not want just a skid that cradles the axle tubes with ubolts... that would do nothing to prevent the twisting. The point of the side pieces that are welded to the tubes are to Truss the axle and prevent it from twisting due to the aluminum center section.

The Truss adds a tremendous amount of strength to the D44a axle. A trussed D44a with a diff skid is basically a light weight axle with the strength of a D60. the D44a is a great axle...its overlooked far too often as far as axle upgrades go.

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its not just a skid you see

i do not want just a skid that cradles the axle tubes with ubolts... that would do nothing to prevent the twisting. The point of the side pieces that are welded to the tubes are to Truss the axle and prevent it from twisting due to the aluminum center section.

The Truss adds a tremendous amount of strength to the D44a axle. A trussed D44a with a diff skid is basically a light weight axle with the strength of a D60. the D44a is a great axle...its overlooked far too often as far as axle upgrades go.
um, i never said anything about U-bolts... anywhere.... it is weld on skid/truss

i dont know about being a D60.... more like an 8.8, but yes... it is a good alxe, when you get a locker and a good skid on it.

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sorry i thought you meant meant just cradling it on with Ubolts.. i have seen that done before

even so i would feel better having the steel go all the way to the CA mounts than just over the diff.. its simply stronger... theres a reason why all trusses you see ( TnT, MVC, etc ) span from mount to mount. im really not worried in the slightest about hitting it on rocks due to "clearance issues"

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sorry i thought you meant meant just cradling it on with Ubolts.. i have seen that done before

even so i would feel better having the steel go all the way to the CA mounts than just over the diff.. its simply stronger... theres a reason why all trusses you see ( TnT, MVC, etc ) span from mount to mount. im really not worried in the slightest about hitting it on rocks due to "clearance issues"
thats a good point, but you could achive the same effect as well by having second truss go over the top.

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I am just interested to see pictures of it when you have it all welded up. I just ordered a set of HD shafts from Yukon to go along with this. I want this thing as beeffy as possible as I want no problems such as flexing. As it is I can't keep the seal on the cover tight. It always leaks. I wish someone made a gasket too. I love MVC cover but the price is just too high to justify it.

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the truss/slid shipped out today so when i get it i will take plenty of pictures

oh and i emailed lubelocker a while back about making a gasket for it and they said "I need to make 250 with money up front to cover tooling and material with a 2 month leadtime."

so a reusable gasket is pretty much out of the question

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That's not good. (the gasket) I might just try and make my own. I am tired of refilling this with the most expensive viscosity gear lube Mopar could ever conceive of!

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