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Old April 5th, 2013, 07:02 AM   #1
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can anybody tell me the weekness or strengths of a sterling 10.25 i am getting it with a kingpin dana 60 front for a good price. They are going under my cherokee and i will be running 38 inch tires. Stock 4.0 for now.
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I dont know much about that axle, but I do not think you need to worry about strength with that tire size, and the light weight of an XJ.

I think they may have limited aftermarket support compared to other 1-ton axles.
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ARB lockers are expensive. That is about it for weaknesses.

Disk brake kits used to be expensive, but not anymore. Plenty of locker choices. Shafts are strong.

One of the biggest advantages is that you don't have to shave the housing like you would/should on a 14 bolt. And they are cheap...

I ran one on my old crawler
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ok thanks guys. I might narrow it and i havent seen any aftermarket shafts so i think i might have to go to my local mechine shop for shafts.
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ok thanks guys. I might narrow it and i havent seen any aftermarket shafts so i think i might have to go to my local mechine shop for shafts.
Why do you need aftermarket shafts?
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Yeah, aren't they 35-spline, unlike most Dana 60s?
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i ran one welded under a bronco with 4.30s and 35s i dd it and beat the snot out of it and never broke the shafts. i did however shear the bolts that hold the shaft in. i broke all but 2 somehow
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ok thanks guys. I might narrow it and i havent seen any aftermarket shafts so i think i might have to go to my local mechine shop for shafts.
I ran a 100% stock sterling (except for the welded diff) under a rock buggy (albeit a light one) with a supercharged V6 motor, 39" comp sticky tires and never broke a single part. Never even turned a wrench on it come to think of it.
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I building one for my Toyota. I went with it because i have basically no money invested in it. Parts are really no more expensive for it, and you can get anything you want ( lockers, truss, disc brakes, ect, ect)

Also, like Bones said, they have good ground clearance....my stock housing is less than a quarter inch longer from axle center line to lowest point than my buddy's 14 bolt that has been cut all to hell with Ballistics shave kit.

As for narrowing it....they use two different length shafts stock....you may be able to retube it to use two of the shorter shafts to narrow it while still using stock parts.....it won't make it a lot narrower but it will some
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I would like to narrow it to stock jeep xj axel width. I will end up taking the front axel im getting to my local shop who speciality in dana 60s and have them narrow it and make shafts for it but im able to do the rear just have to take them the shafts and some measurements so they can cut and respline them.
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Thanks for all the info. What locker do you guys sugjest for the rear axle. Lincoln locker or a true locker
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If its gonna see street time.....Detroit.....if it's not....weld it.
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no more street for this rig.
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Then weld it and be done in my opinion
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Rather than narrowing axles, you might want to save money by going with wheels with deeper offset.

By the time you buy custom shafts, and especially if you are paying labor on narrowing, you can likely sell your rims and go with something with more backspace.
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