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Old September 17th, 2012, 07:41 AM   #201
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Put a drain in?
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Old September 17th, 2012, 09:24 AM   #202
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probably 9 inches with dana 50 outer parts.

or a 14 bolt rear.

i like the idea of having spare gear sets ready to go and being able to just slap them in, but i dont like the having to pull the thirds to change fluid.
You don't. I welded nuts on the inside for my bottom 3 bolts. Primarily because I kept screwing them up on rocks & needing to pull everything to change the studs. (once they bent bad enough, they started to leak) The benefit is now I just pull a couple bolts and it self drains. I admit it doesn't drain the bottom 1/2 - 3/4" but it gets all but a little.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #203
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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:28 AM   #204
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There is no good place to install a drain plug without expecting it to get trashed on the rocks. Installing a drain plug on a 9" is a nusiance compared to what I did.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 12:06 PM   #205
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You don't. I welded nuts on the inside for my bottom 3 bolts. Primarily because I kept screwing them up on rocks & needing to pull everything to change the studs. (once they bent bad enough, they started to leak) The benefit is now I just pull a couple bolts and it self drains. I admit it doesn't drain the bottom 1/2 - 3/4" but it gets all but a little.
Only problem with that method is that if you get water in your axle you may not get it all out. The water sits on the bottom.

I would probably weld on an inspection cover/ fill spot higher on the axle and suck the fluid out. A few companies make weld on inspection covers with 1.5" holes.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 12:17 PM   #206
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could always add a drain plug and recess it in side of a skid of some sort.

like one of these

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Only problem with that method is that if you get water in your axle you may not get it all out. The water sits on the bottom.

I would probably weld on an inspection cover/ fill spot higher on the axle and suck the fluid out. A few companies make weld on inspection covers with 1.5" holes.
And if I see I have water in it, I'm tearing it down anyway. So, I don't see it as a big deal. No drain plug will be dead nuts on the bottom either. If it is, it needs to be recessed into a protective body thicker than my 1/4 skid bar welded into the bottom. And then, the hex socket is going to get trashed. Yes, you can suck most of the water out but you can't guarantee you will get it all with a suction tube. On top of that, I would want to make sure I don't have any moisture in my bearings or on the R&P.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 02:04 PM   #208
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And if I see I have water in it, I'm tearing it down anyway. So, I don't see it as a big deal. No drain plug will be dead nuts on the bottom either. If it is, it needs to be recessed into a protective body thicker than my 1/4 skid bar welded into the bottom. And then, the hex socket is going to get trashed. Yes, you can suck most of the water out but you can't guarantee you will get it all with a suction tube. On top of that, I would want to make sure I don't have any moisture in my bearings or on the R&P.
Makes sense. A traditional axle with a diff cover can be a pain also.... It is a real pain for me to change my diff fluid after a few wheeling trips. I can not remove 3-4 of the bottom bolts on each axle. i have to cut them or extract them which gets really old for a simple fluid change. Also, I already can not put the bottom bolt in my rear 14-bolt because there is so much material missing from hitting rocks. I am getting close to having the same problem with my front 60..

There is no perfect solution...
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Old September 17th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #209
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i ordered a set of ruffstuff frame plates and they are well worth the money, i couldnt believe how nice they are and how cheap they are. its a whole lot of undercoat and paint grinding but they are slick
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Old September 17th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #210
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i like the idea of having spare gear sets ready to go and being able to just slap them in, but i dont like the having to pull the thirds to change fluid.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:10 PM   #211
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Old September 27th, 2012, 12:33 PM   #212
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Got the frame plates put on from Ruffstuff. they went on easy and worked out well.

Ended up 3 linking the front just using 7/8th heims with Brackets cut from motor city machines.

other then that we were going for a simple race prep and rebuild to get ready for next weekends race at the badlands.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 01:00 PM   #213
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Sweet. how long are the arms?
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Old September 27th, 2012, 01:17 PM   #214
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30 something i think 32 ish. set it up so when we do the axle swap we can put 36 inch arm in the same brackets with 1.25 heims.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 03:29 PM   #215
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Looks way strong. Go fast!
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Old October 16th, 2012, 07:37 PM   #216
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What are you running for leafs in the rear? Standard 3" lift springs or a bastard pack?
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Old October 16th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #217
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they were 3.5 bds packs i cant remember if we took 1 or 2 leafs out.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #218
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maybe they were 4.5 packs, oh hell let me look it up
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Old March 5th, 2013, 08:34 AM   #220
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Yes.

Spent the last few days putting the stock pump and sending unit into a bladder style fuel cell and putting yet another set of axle shafts into the dana 30................


i have been collecting parts for the axle swap that needs to happen asap
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