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Yeah. I started cleaning up the 9" tonight after the picture section. I wire-brushed most of the open stuff, then started trying to take off the sway bar. Got one side off, but the other side was pretty much stuck. Will have to try again tomorrow. Maybe I'll heat it up with the little Propane torch and then beat it with a chisel and hammer or something. Try and break it off. Sucks not having a cutting torch or air tools handy. But that's all at the old man's house.

Once I get that clean probably going to drain the fluids and see how the gears are looking. Then start on the 44. Haha...
no sawzall or grinder?
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Actually I thought of that after posting. Gonna go pick up a Angle Grinder today. Should help get all the crap cleared off.
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Yeah. I started cleaning up the 9" tonight after the picture section. I wire-brushed most of the open stuff, then started trying to take off the sway bar. Got one side off, but the other side was pretty much stuck. Will have to try again tomorrow. Maybe I'll heat it up with the little Propane torch and then beat it with a chisel and hammer or something. Try and break it off. Sucks not having a cutting torch or air tools handy. But that's all at the old man's house.

Once I get that clean probably going to drain the fluids and see how the gears are looking. Then start on the 44. Haha...

lol i hear you man, just this last weekend i was torching off my brackets on the 31 spline 8.8 and ran out of oxygen, so i just quit... grinders suck lol
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lol i hear you man, just this last weekend i was torching off my brackets on the 31 spline 8.8 and ran out of oxygen, so i just quit... grinders suck lol
Ive removed every bracket and rivet from my truck with just a sawzall and hand grinder.
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if you plan on runnin 35" tires im pretty sure a 9" is right for you. a 60 would be overkill. and form what ive heard the 9" is everybit as strong as the 8.8. correct me if im wrong but dont most people sway to the 8.8 just because it is a little narrower than the 9"?
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nice find. no care to comment of other info thats being spouted, siding with andy, as i do "most" of the time.
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Yeah I'm not quite sure where some of you guys are getting this info, but I'll take Andy's side too.

I think you picked a GOOD set of axles for your application. If you stick to 35" tires your 44 and 9" should be just fine. The nice thing about the 9" is that it's got the removable 3rd member, which makes setting up the gears much easier!

In my opinion though, you might want to just leaf-spring the rear for the time being so you can get it running and driving, and then worry about the nuances of a 4-link once you've got some more experience building. Even some small miscalculations with a link suspension can turn your truck from an off-road beast to a dog dragging it's butt across the carpet: all squat and no go.

Good luck! Can't wait to see more progress!
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wow good find and great price
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In my opinion though, you might want to just leaf-spring the rear for the time being so you can get it running and driving, and then worry about the nuances of a 4-link once you've got some more experience building. Even some small miscalculations with a link suspension can turn your truck from an off-road beast to a dog dragging it's butt across the carpet: all squat and no go.
Yeah. I've thought about that, but I think I just want to go for it. I mean if the truck isn't done for another 2-3 months while I figure out links so be it. I'll have a new DD by that time (of course) so I'll be alright.
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