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Ok since your brain is cracked out i'll clarify.

The 8.8 came stock with 3.73 gears and the stock open carrier. That is what is in the picture for size comparison. My 8.8 with 5.13's and detroit is still assembled in my truck. The stock 8.8 carrier does not have the 3.73 ring gear on it anymore, since a friend of mine is buying the carrier.

The "new" carrier and pinion out of my new axles are a 4.10 ratio. The higher numerically the ratio is, the physically smaller the gear teeth are.

SO an 8.8 3.73 pinion/ring is bigger/has bigger teeth than a 4.10. The 4.10 of the new axles is alot bigger than the 3.73 of the 8.8.
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But the new axle still isn't an 8.8 is it? That's what I was saying earlier. Is the new axle a 9" ? Or it must be something different. Maybe out of that junked out truck told me about?

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think big. 9" not big. over 10" ring gear is big. id love to tell you guys but im sworn to secrecy.
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if you have a new front axle... you should sell me the waggy 44... lol...

well, i'm really not kidding... still need one... lol...

Let me know!
Asked him already. He said he'd sell it for 2k if ya got the cash! That thing is built to the hilt though... it'd be a pretty good deal IMO. I just don't have 2 grand sittin' around!
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Not as good a deal as I got on the one ton axles.
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Not as good a deal as I got on the one ton axles.
one tons? out of a dodge?

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Let the ignoramous posts begin!

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It sits level now and leans ALOT less, woohoo.

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It's like a buggy leaf, but better!
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wow ive never seen anything like that before. does it bang around on the street?
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thats very unsafe for a daily driver.....
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god dayum thats nice. when you gettin fenders?
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thats very unsafe for a daily driver.....
Oh and you speak of experience? ahahaha sure.

Because i didn't post anything besides the pics means I'm 100% finished with it?

No, the control arms don't even come off the bump stops on hard braking.
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thats very unsafe for a daily driver.....
I wouldnt say its unsafe. after i thought about it for a second, its really just basically the same concept as the Revolver shackles used very commonly on jeeps with leaf springs. differant design. same concept.
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I wouldnt say its unsafe. after i thought about it for a second, its really just basically the same concept as the Revolver shackles used very commonly on jeeps with leaf springs. differant design. same concept.
Revolver shackles have a remarkable tendency to unload at the wrong time, which can make things get squirrely in a hurry, not on the road though. I'm sure Jey's gonna go with a limit strap in the center though to keep his axle in place, but still allow him to keep all that new flex he's got.
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Oh and you speak of experience? ahahaha sure.
The least you could do is weld a box tube (one piece) threw the frame

and to answer your question, i see friends weld stuff like this to their turcks all the time and it never holds up from the wheelin they do

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I've welded everything to my frame the same way and everything's held up "from the wheelin I do".

Kyle's correct I'm going to run a center limit strap.
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WOW thats cool. Do you think the square stoppers are going to wear out after while ?
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The pivoting shackle mounts are gonna be temporary. Bigger and better plans are already in the works!
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you will be suprised how good MIG steel holds up..as long as you penatrate (sp?) your good to go...theres times at work where i tack somethin up with one tack and i gotta get a sledge hammer to knock it off..knowing what Jey did to his truck and will do to his truck..its safe..the dude knows what he is doing..its a great set up..

and even if those blocks get some wear and tear all you gotta do is pop on a ground run another pass and its brand new...

great set up Jey..looks badd ***
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I don't MIG, I stick weld, stronger .

The square tubing 'stops are 2x2 .250 wall I think they'll hold up for a good bit.

Thanks, I'm going wheelin tomorrow at lucas again so I'll get to see how it performs out on the trail
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I don't MIG, I stick weld, stronger .
even better...l justed learned how to stick a few months ago..only knew TIG and MIG...stick isnt much difference just welding..
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Took off the body lift.

This is how you get the bushing to stop spinning when they break lose!!

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Cut the bed, some more, shock mounts fit through.

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Powerbraking it at work doing burnouts (which I didn't think it would do) and my buggy-links went to full droop before the tires would spin, so I got reggie to do it for photo. Instant 6" of lift lol. For the haters, the arms at are FULL DROOP, and the leafs are semi- wrapped up, so it is not possible for the shackle to invert.

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why did you take the body lift off..did i miss something bout its bad with the offroading that you are doing?

but anyways it looks good...

dude awsome idea on the body bolt..it was a freakin pain to get them off..i ended up drilling the head off of one and using a torch to heat up the headless bolt to melt the locktite to get it out...
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It sat way too high for my taste. After I re-did the rear suspension. It rides ALOT smoother now without the body lift. We also took reggie's out and he says his rides alot smoother also.

I think welding the tubing to the bushing was an easier way than what you did lol.
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I think welding the tubing to the bushing was an easier way than what you did lol.

never even thought of it..i had a pair of channel locks the size of my head used that to get one off..then that driver side didnt move with the impact on it..so drilled that mo out
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