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D44 FTL...

lol, ok not really but its still a pain. Need to find me a D60.

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Also found this interesting issue??? I have not removed this bolt since I installed it over a year ago. Kinda odd how its missing all of a sudden...

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wow you twisted them axels pretty good is odd how the bolt worked its way out? its almost like some one took it out
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looks darn familiar lol.....
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yeah i cant figure it out. i kept hearing this noise out at the dunes, figured something else was broke or loose. found out its that. lol

yeah i should have taken a picture of the side of the shaft, its twisted good! its fixed for now. I just stuck another stocker in there.
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how did you manage to break a u joint?
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do you really need to go up to a D60 or can you put some upgraded, higher quality shafts/ U-joints in there?
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still dont think its the caps coming off and then u-joint did its fun in there? thought that was the side that was loose?
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Wait till you get the 5.4...axles will be like candy
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switch to chromemoly shafts and u-joints. its supposed to make them as strong as stock dana 60 shafts. i have a friend who has a 79 f250 with a built 351 and its on 44's and his chromemoly shaft hasnt broken yet. although the other side is stock and it hasnt broken yet either...
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had that happen to my brakes on my ranger once. bottom bolt came out and everytime i hit my brakes the caliper would shove up into my wheel...
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^^ haha happened to me to.
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same thing happened to me...twice, and 3 wheels. but if you need a d60 alot of the yards around here have 44s and 60s. though they prolly need work.
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had that happen to my brakes on my ranger once. bottom bolt came out and everytime i hit my brakes the caliper would shove up into my wheel...
Yep, happened to me on the sport trac. It never happened all the times I had the wheels off for brakes or anything on the Ranger, Explorer, or the Sport Trac. But I had someone pull the front diff on the sport trac to replace the pinion seal and they decided not to use a torque wrench or lock-tite.
Oh and I think 3 of my lugnuts on that wheel were loose when I figured out that I lost the caliper bolt. I could turn them with my fingers. I gave that guy an earful, a couple of times...
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still dont think its the caps coming off and then u-joint did its fun in there? thought that was the side that was loose?
No this is the good side, good ujoint good caps, 4340 shafts, still broke. The loose side was the passenger side.

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do you really need to go up to a D60 or can you put some upgraded, higher quality shafts/ U-joints in there?
i almost did, but 500 for one side, ill pass.

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switch to chromemoly shafts and u-joints. its supposed to make them as strong as stock dana 60 shafts. i have a friend who has a 79 f250 with a built 351 and its on 44's and his chromemoly shaft hasnt broken yet. although the other side is stock and it hasnt broken yet either...

thought about it but 500 for one side is too much for the D44, I could get a 60, rebuild it, put a locker and gears in it and have it under the truck for 2000. That is only 4 shafts and if the sand snaps a shaft I can only imagine what rocks are going to do when i get into those.
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can you use your new locking hubs on a D60? that would suck if you couldnt
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thought about it but 500 for one side is too much for the D44, I could get a 60, rebuild it, put a locker and gears in it and have it under the truck for 2000. That is only 4 shafts and if the sand snaps a shaft I can only imagine what rocks are going to do when i get into those.
*cough* rockwells *cough*
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*cough* rockwells *cough*
Pinion BRAKES!!! bad ***...
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*cough* rockwells *cough*
Screw that noise. Spider 9 FTW! Can be yours with 3 1/2 Tubes for only $2200... plus Locker... plus shafts... plus brakes... OH! and plus like 6+ months of waiting... I think.

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*cough* rockwells *cough*

*cough* pointless if you really wheel *cough*
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*cough* pointless if you really wheel *cough*
WHAT?!? How does that make sense? If you fix up the Center so it doesn't hang down 6" they are great axles to have with a BB wheeling rig. For a 4.0 liter wheeling rig, I'd agree, but if you've got a big *** motor, Rocks work great.
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if your muddin and have a crapload of torque to turn those puppies then go for it. but for pretty much anything where you need even just a little ground clearance and dont want to run 54s, i wouldnt even bother. not even worth the arm you have to spend on them
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Nice!
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if your muddin and have a crapload of torque to turn those puppies then go for it. but for pretty much anything where you need even just a little ground clearance and dont want to run 54s, i wouldnt even bother. not even worth the arm you have to spend on them
Yeah I suppose that is true. You need at least 44's to really make them worth it.
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Yeah I suppose that is true. You need at least 44's to really make them worth it.
see, and you cant build a rockwell up to run 42and keep the truck sitting low. no uptravel, very little ground clearance, and heavy as fawk.... ill stick to a 9" or d60 and have loads of clearance and strength.
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Get the 60. Sell me your detroit locker.

Done and done.
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