Originally Posted by two_much_talk
Couple questions: No Dana axles, why? D44's aren't that expensive and parts are cheap and easy to come by? With 35's either axles stock will live just fine and with chromo shafts in either a D44 or a Toy 8" isn't the generally excepted tire max the same anyway = 38's ?
So is it the weight factor? Do the Toy axles just swap in easier?
Yes the Toyota axles do swap in easier overall, they end up easier to work on as well due to the drop out third members, there is no carier break to worry about, the shafts are slightly larger in diameter (31 spline not 27) and they are all king pin knuckles.
the only drawback to them is the turning radius is slightly larger than the open knuckle Dana axle.
The stock Toy shafts are good up to 37" tires and 5.27 gears.
with ChromMo shafts they are good to 40"+ (depending on the gearing, how your driving skills are and how heavy of a foot you have).
Its your choice, but I feel the stock Toy axle edges out the D44 by enough to matter.
Its where I would put my money on any midsize rig or smaller.
Hope that helps