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Old 10-03-2009
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frnt axle swap

ok i am tired of ball joints, bearings, and tie rod ends giving out, so i was talkin to a buddy of mine who owns a shop, and works at the junkyard about the axle swap, he was like sure d44 is what i want, but i plan to leave it without a frnt driveshaft til i can get the new driveline, is it worth it or should i wait for the transfer case?
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put the axle under it
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throw that thing under there
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it's gonna go under there sooner or later. might as well get the major part of it done.
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Maybe you should just get your front end aligned.. and then your front end parts will last a whole lot longer!
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sorry buddy, but a D44 still has ball joints, bearings and tie rod ends..

and its not as easy as "just throwing" it under there.

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and its not as easy as "just throwing" it under there.
He'll figure that out when he gets there.
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He'll figure that out when he gets there.
Shhhh just go with it!

By then he will be fed up, and some one can pick up a really cheap Mazda and D44.
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Old 10-05-2009
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so leave the ifs?
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No, do the SAS. Yes, you still have ball joints, bearings and tie rod ends, but the designs are all far superior in strength. Remember, with a solid axle, you only have horizontal movement of these parts, no vertical.
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4" of torsion crank does that to BJ's, bearings, and TRE's...
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Old 10-14-2009
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got a 44 for a buck 25 from a friend that works at a junkyard... once i get a new job in it goes...im doin leafs in the frnt.... so ill document with pics once i get rolling
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if you plan it out you can get it done in a weekend :)
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thats what i was told.... the guy doin it has done straight axles before... just not on a smaller truck like mine... but is confident to have it rolling in a few days... aligned and lifted... but ill be constantly on here asking questions
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a weekend would be killer.. it took us a solid day or 2 to get all the brackets off, then again we could only work for like 6 hours a day.
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what did this d44 out of???


sorry for the newb question but what are the best donors to get an axle out of, 30 or 44, does it only need to be a driver side member??
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junkyard donor... i yhink a jeep... i was laid off so i need to find a job 1st
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