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HP FW 44 vs LP 44...

So the guy that I was going to clean up his SAS on is now just prob going to get a new 4WD frame and swap his body onto it. So, he won't be needing the hp fw 44 anymore, would it be worth it for me to swap the new coil spring hp fw 44 axle and ditch my non-fw lp leaf spring 44 axle?

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coils and HP FTW!.. sorry im partial on coils over leaf's
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Take what I said in that thread and apply it to your truck.
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What I mean is, it the axle that much better than my Waggy axle? Are coils that much better than leafs? Is all that extra work worth it?

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Also, how come no one really converts to coils in the rear?

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Also, how come no one really converts to coils in the rear?

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people do, but todo that u need to atleast setup a 3link in the back of the truck, its alot more indepth todo coils in the rear, id just get that hp 44 off him, with that axle setup with some mollys u will be able to hold 38's all day long without worryin about breakin too much
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If you end up wanting to do that swap, let me know if you're wanting to get rid of the 44 you have now (if someone else hasn't already got "dibs").
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A guy on TRS has massive flex from his front leaves. Its all in the leaf pack (I think). I thinks its just if you want to go through the work of swapping for the FW. Has your LP ever left you wanting HP? Just food for thought.
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What I mean is, it the axle that much better than my Waggy axle? Are coils that much better than leafs? Is all that extra work worth it?

Brenton
Yes it is, HP is much better, and coils are much nicer. There more to a suspension then just "flex". Approach angle is better and ride is better. Id do it.
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this might be a dumb question..

if you cut the tubes off a LP axle put in a HP got the HP carrier it would use the same axle shafts right? then the outers and misc stuff would be the same? its just changing the pumpkin and gears (carrier)?
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If you end up wanting to do that swap, let me know if you're wanting to get rid of the 44 you have now (if someone else hasn't already got "dibs").
If I get rid of my axle, I'll be selling the whole axle with leaf springs mounted and the front cross member for the leafs. You would only have to make rear leaf spring mounts, everything else would just weld right in.

Will I be able to retain the position of where my axle is now? I don't want to move it back to the stock location, because I don't feel like getting the d-shaft re-made/shortened again.

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If I get rid of my axle, I'll be selling the whole axle with leaf springs mounted and the front cross member for the leafs. You would only have to make rear leaf spring mounts, everything else would just weld right in.

Will I be able to retain the position of where my axle is now? I don't want to move it back to the stock location, because I don't feel like getting the d-shaft re-made/shortened again.

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Put your mounts where you need them for it to be the same. Thats all up to you.
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