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what are the differences between full floater and semi floater
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This is the way I understand it. In a semi floater the axle shaft and where the wheel studs mount is one piece. In a full floated the axle shaft connects to a locked hub or a drive plate. Then they both connect to the diff the same way. The full floater supports the weight on the axle housing, where the semi floater supports it on the axle shaft itself, thus making a full floater stronger.

The full floater is used on trucks that see more of a beating, the semi floater is common on normal 4x4s.

On this semi-floater you can see how the shaft and tube are 1 piece



Here on a full floater you can see how its seperate pieces

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ah.. so which is the preferred setup for a trail only rig
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It really depends what size tire your running, what terrain your going on, etc. If your gonna beat on it hard I would run a full floater D60 in the rear with a D44 in the front and stick around a 35-37in tire size.
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x2 on the 60
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