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Old July 29th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #1
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Default What Offroader comes with the toughest axles?

Hello!,

i'm new here and need some informations from the real axle-profs!

I want to buy an offroader for pretty nasty circumstances and sometimes quite small but heavy loads (stones).

So i am looking for something with really solid axles, for big tyres and a really strong frame.

On the other side the vehicle should be not to expensive, so i'm looking for something between 15 and 25 years old.

The empty weight is also important in germany, anything above 2.8 Tons empty (6.200lbs) makes no sense.

In the first moment i thought about an Chevy K30, which is of course some of the toughest piece of work in this weight class with his fullsize-pickup fram and his dana 60 front and 14 bolt rear axle.

But the problem is, that i need at least 5 seats and the vehicle should be able to drive 80-90 miles an hour without hurting the vehicle, also the long wheelbase of the k30 might be a problem here.

So the Bronco II with Dana 44 front and the dana 60 rear came to my mind, could this be an option? Short wheelbase, faster benzin-engine? Or are those njow just too old for hard work?

Another option would be a toyota J7 or J8 i heard their axles are quite as tough as a dana 44, even a bit better but below a dana 60? (of course only the heavy duty axles in the heavy 7ers and the series j8 a figure).

But which precies modl of land cruise does really have heavy axles? Some they only until 1990, some anything older than 2000 is good? Some say the j8 has the toghest axles, some the j10?

Is it true that dana 44 is not always dana 44? i heard the ones in the rubicon are "good 44" how good are those used in the old broncos?

Thank you!

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Old July 29th, 2010, 08:39 AM   #3
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So you need big tires, and the ability to drive 80-90MPH?
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sounds like a Ford Excursion would be a good start, but expensive.



or a Ford Bronco with a Centurion conversion might be cheaper, just get the 1 ton version

It's essentially a F-350 with a Bronco back half, and three row seating

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So the Bronco II with Dana 44 front and the dana 60 rear came to my mind, could this be an option? Short wheelbase, faster benzin-engine? Or are those njow just too old for hard work?
Not an option, no such animal.
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In Germany, I'd look for a land cruiser. The available upgrades will put most toy axles to a pretty good strength level. Any ext/crew cabs 3/4 ot 1 tons will be way too big for your streets (and I have plenty of experience driving there..).

Find an 80-series land cruiser with factory locking differentials.

You aren't going to want to try going 90mph on anything that we'd consider a 'large tire' here. But some radial 35-37" tires would be fine, and be within the capabilities of that vehicle.
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Hello,

sorry for the long Delay!

I found a way recently to minimize the costs of even very big Pickups here. The only requirement is that they only feature two doors and not more than 3 seats and that the Model has to be older than 2000.

So now the big three came to my mind, the Ford F 350, Dodge 3500 oder Chevy 3500.

But which one of those had the best axles in the 90's for hard offroad use? Or does they all have quite the same? I heard that even the smaller Dodge 2500 featured a Dana 60 front while some Ford F350 only got a Dana 50 in the front??? (or was that the 4x2 F350?)

Is it possible that the little lighter 250/2500 Series could be better offroad option, because their bigger Brothers only use heavier rear axles für twin tires which is not helpfull offroad?

Or is the Frame of the 350/3500 tougher than that of the 250/2500 in general?

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