Originally Posted by wadey
This. A 44 simply does not belong under something that weighs 5000 lbs. The average starting weight is 4500lb and they only get heavier, mine weighs in at 5260 trail ready with me in it. The extra weight has defiantly shortened bearing life and other things. Which really sucks when itís your dd, like mine was. Right now I'm on my 2nd set of Timkins in a year with Mobil one grease, and they get repacked almost every other oil change. Of course thatís if I was lucky and didn't have to tear down the axle for some other reason.... damn thing is almost as bad as the Ifs was for warn out and broken parts (ball joints, shafts, u-joints, and hubs).
Right now I have a fully polished 44 and I can just now actually go a weekend without breaking. Oh and polished 44 = WAY more $$$ than a stock 60. So my vote would be tons, it may seem over kill right now but trust me its necessary.
I agree with doing a 60 first since I've done both, but you did something wrong with your 44 or you just had bad luck.
I would guess to say that I've put tons more wheelin miles on my 44 than you have so far and probably harder on it as well since I'm not nice to my rig at all.
ran spicer joints all the time with yukon shafts. it was a DD for almost 3 years that way and never had bj issues.
not trying to pick an argument, but just trying to let him know that D44s have lived under heavy rigs for many years. mine was easily 5000#+ at that time as well.
I do believe in doing a 60 first and be done since I've been there done that, but he's looking at running smaller tires and not wheelin too hard. I guess he has to be completely honest with himself about how he will use the rig.
ran this type terrain all the time with 37s on a D44