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Old January 15th, 2011, 06:09 PM   #1
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TJ front axle build

I want to put a stranger axle in the front of my TJ I dont want a d44 and i'd like to keep it close to my 60"wms. Cuz I dont wanna be real wide. I'm thinking try and build a 9in. or just find a dana 60 and cut it down wouldn't be too hard. Let me know what you think or what you would do. I'm planning on putting a V8 in the jeep at some point so I need something to hold up better then the dana 30, I have a ford 8.8 in the rear so that should hold up.
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Old January 15th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #2
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Gonna be more work or money probably both but a 9" seems to make more sense. Throw a Currie hp 3rd member in there and you will have a 8.8 front and rear
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Old January 15th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #3
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I dont mind the work and a little bit of money here and there isn't bad, so I guess i'm looking for a ford 9in, anyone have one?
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Old January 15th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #4
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Better off with a new 9" housing, spring for a spidertrax, ruffstuff, ballistic , currie, housing.
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Old January 15th, 2011, 07:55 PM   #5
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wow that don't look too bad not to expensive either, also would those axle tubes they have in the related items below that work, I've got a lot of research to do, looking for brackets that should be a couple hunderd seems like the 3rd member is gunna cost the most, but over all looks like i'm gunna start building a front axle
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Old January 15th, 2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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a fabricated front 9" housing will be sweet. perfect foundation for a front axle build.
real pricey though!
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Old January 18th, 2011, 08:04 AM   #7
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Just curious, why are you anti-d44?
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Old January 18th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #8
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Cause the U joints are the exact same ones in a dana 30 so what's the point? Unless you spring for some rcv's which pays for a dana 60 anyway.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 09:06 AM   #9
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A 60" wide dana 60 will be pretty tricky, especially if you plan to keep coil springs and use stock or stock replacement control arms.

The knuckles on a dana 60 are quite a bit wider than a dana 30, leaving a lot less real estate to mount those brackets, mostly on the pumpkin side.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 03:09 PM   #10
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Thats what i'm seeing even with a 9in is theres not gunna be a lot of room for brackets. Jeepaholic is right about the D44 is that its not much stonger then the d30. I have a long arm lift on it so they are not stock arms. but i'm looking at this bracket that has all the mounts for the coil, the shock and the control arm mount all built in.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 06:23 PM   #11
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Just curious, why are you anti-d44?
Cause everyone acts like there gonna run KOH. You aint shit unless you have 60's under your rig these days. Nothin will hold up unless they are Dana 60's and 14 bolts. :shaking head:
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Old February 16th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #12
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I know I said I didn't wanna go with a d44 but I've found a set from a 78 ford d44 HP front and d 60 FF rear of course I'd have to get brackets for both and I'd prolly weld the rear spiders, but I'm wondering what you guys run as axles in ur TJs. I plan on putting a 350 in there so thats the reason for a axle upgrade
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