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post #346 of 598 Old 03-24-2017, 06:38 PM
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post #347 of 598 Old 03-28-2017, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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So. Now a proud owner (in two days shipping time) of a ball joint spanner wrench and a 2-9/16 axle nut socket. Woot! Ugh. Jk.

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I had a feelin this was gunna happen. You would think I would have mentally prepared for it. But it was a let down none the less. Been looking forward to the ease of the "bolt together" era for this build. Hit my first "didn't fit" speed bump. Lmao.

The d44 drop side ubolt config. All boogered. So a lot of people cut into webbing on the pumpkin to get a larger ubolt to work. Not my style but was prepared to. Well this POS d44 is has two webbings which then (with hole drilled) prevents the ubolt from rotating and lining up with the plate. See pic. I even tried widening the holes but it still did not work (noticed the rotate issue AFTER I fubar'd the plate. Ugh). Ok. Well ubolt flip is out of the picture and going to have to use the oem "thingy" which molds to the underside. Means I will have to use a square ubolt. Well Barnes doesn't have it. eBay and Amazon are outside my timeline. Gunna have to brave a visit to Autovance.

Maybe a local will have one...

So on to the hunt for a 5/8 x 3 x 10 square ubolt!!!!

(3 inch tube but the squares may be measured center on center which means I may need a 3-5/8 width ubolt. The unknowns and poor internet descriptions means I need to bring the plate around to local places to find the right one. Here's to hoping for a set under 20 bones!)








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You would think autovance would have a balljoint spanner wrench. Uh hello. All Dana 4wd front axles use the same one! (Right?) anyways got the old spacer nuts pulled out. Good shape but plan to use the new ones that came in the moog packaging (if i can find them lol). Also lugnuts came on for these oversized 9/16 studs. Found a good deal and got all lugnuts keyed style. Stoked. Ready to bolt on hubs and brake kits this weekend! Woot!




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I laughed a little too hard. Lmao.






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Someone's got problems


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Got the rear end hubs and brake kits installed! Ready for wheels and tires! Got most of one of the fronts done. Just need to finish the locking hub then do the other side. It was a bit tricky. Took a couple hours because kept getting to the caliper stage to find the bracket wasn't spaced right. Took three times on one side and got it done the first time with the other side.

On the front I got the bracket knuckle and spindle all bolted up only to realize that I have to put the shaft in first and have to have knuckle installed then do bracket and spindle. Haha. So two times on that side. The axle was heavy enough that using the jack allowed me to tighten the lower ball joint. That was a blessing. I didn't think it would be heavy enough and would have to wait to do the front end with the engine stalled.

Well enough yappin. Here is a pic of the rear. Hopefully can have more and the fronts to show tomorrow.


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Here is some more pics. Don't think I will be able to finish today. Boo.







Got some rollers



And picked up a 15g drum for fluid storage. I hate making disposal trips ever 7 quarts lol

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Progress! On a workday! Lol

Finished the one front hub. Didn't do the locking hub gears. That's all done. Thought for a moment I had fubar'd the whole thing but just ended up needing to pry the axle shaft outward to get the snapring on the tip.

Hopped over the final front side. Allllmost finished. The woman got home with grub from Farm Burger so that was a no brainer stopping point. Lmao.

I'm getting pretty stoked. Gotta order the transmission adapter and the fuel pump and regulator this week. Gotta get some lines and clamps and fittins too.

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Ok. Well break from the build. Helped a buddy replace balljoints in his XJ.


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The last remaining hub and rotor... hub needs drilling for the studs. Bah!!!

Anyways. Took out the tubing and laid out the tie rod and was eyeballing the drag link length. Gunna need to trim some. Looking at installing the engine next week


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You're making nice progress. Just keep moving forward.

Looking at those steering arms, I'd suggest you consider running the tie-rod on the knuckle (under the springs), and just do cross-over steering rather than full high steer. Running full high steer on those arms is going to impact your turning radius unless you run a much longer than stock pitman arm. Running crossover would allow you to use the shorter hole for the drag link and keep a tight turning radius.

I also don't like the idea of full high steer on a d44 without upgrading to something like the Reid knuckles.
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You're making nice progress. Just keep moving forward.

Looking at those steering arms, I'd suggest you consider running the tie-rod on the knuckle (under the springs), and just do cross-over steering rather than full high steer. Running full high steer on those arms is going to impact your turning radius unless you run a much longer than stock pitman arm. Running crossover would allow you to use the shorter hole for the drag link and keep a tight turning radius.

I also don't like the idea of full high steer on a d44 without upgrading to something like the Reid knuckles.
I may go with stock location. Depends on fitment. if my pitman arm length matches my steering arm length i should be fine with minimal to none reduce turning radius. The thing with these ford d44s, the tie rod goes under stock arms. So not only is it way down, but stock the tie rod is bent so it doesnt make the diff cover unable to be removed. Trying to avoid all this.

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Put the rear tires on!!! So happy to be at this point!!! Used some rollers from takeoffs










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