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Old January 13th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default Currie 9"??

Need your opinions.

So I was flipping through a magazine and came across an ad for a Currie front TJ High-Pinion 9". The Currie axle has 31 spline shafts and a Detroit locker, and gears of choice. I was considering swapping a stronger front axle into my TJ. The knuckles on D30 are done. I will be running a 39 - 42 inch tire. I have a bare D44 out of a Rubi that I could build up and put in it.

I have 2 questions.

1. Am I wasting my money buying a complete axle (about $2900), as opposed to starting with a bare housing and needing to buy everthing to build it?

2. Is the 9 overkill / how does it compare to a D60 or other frontends?

Thanks for any input.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 08:40 PM   #2
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I only knew one person who ran a Currie hi pinion 9", with 37's. He didn't have good luck with it...broke constantly.
They might have improved them since then, not sure. At the time I just didn't think it was worth the money.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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i think the hp 9" would kick ass!
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Old January 13th, 2007, 09:53 PM   #4
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I've known multiple people with a Currie 9" and it's a stout axle, but if you're going to put money into an axle .... ***cough*** rock jock ... ***cough*** iron ... ***cough*** big ... add 1ton knuckles and 40 spline shafts you'll be fine w/ 42".
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Old January 13th, 2007, 09:55 PM   #5
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IIRC, the Currie TJ 9" uses or reuses your stock D30 knuckles and outer bits.

Building a Rubicon D44 for 39-42s will be a waste of money. No matter what you do, your ring gear and u-joints will be your limiting factors (this assumes you're up-sizing your bolt pattern).

If you're hell bent on running 39-42s, check out the "609". 9" housing with Dana 60 outers. I'm a bit curious to know why you plan to run a 39-42 and don't have a solid plan for your axle(s).
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Old January 13th, 2007, 10:16 PM   #6
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IIRC, the Currie TJ 9" uses or reuses your stock D30 knuckles and outer bits.
Correct That was one drawback

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If I'm a bit curious to know why you plan to run a 39-42 and don't have a solid plan for your axle(s).

Well I have been running 38.5 x14.5 Swampers for the last year on a D30. Now that the down time is here I need to do something about the bent front axle. I ran it until now because it worked. I dont think it will last another year with the shape it is in. If it wasnt bent I would still run the D30 for another year.

Just wanted some opinions from people that have a little more experience than I do before I just go spend a bunch of money on an axle.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 10:46 PM   #7
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The Currie HP 9" is not a 9" gear set so it's not really a 9" anyway...
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Old January 13th, 2007, 10:56 PM   #8
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Ever looked into a Dynatrac 44 or 60?
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Old January 14th, 2007, 06:45 AM   #10
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I'm going to do that today.
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Old January 14th, 2007, 07:42 AM   #11
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The Currie HP 9" is not a 9" gear set so it's not really a 9" anyway...
X2 - it's actually an 8.8 r&p ... unless http://www.truehi9.com/

There's a ton of options out there, most depending on preference and money, but I agree, if you're going to put up the coin and build that front axle, look into different outers. http://www.teraflx.com/pages/product_results.php I've seen what a 39"-42" tire will do to rubicon d44 outers, which are basically the same as a d30.
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Old January 14th, 2007, 08:46 AM   #12
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spend your money on the d-60
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Old January 14th, 2007, 10:39 AM   #13
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heard alot of good reviews for these guys http://www.diamondaxle.com/index.htm

Get something with 60 outers for tires that big!
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I would say go 60 and dont look bcak? why not just go fullwidth?
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Old January 14th, 2007, 10:48 AM   #15
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heard alot of good reviews for these guys http://www.diamondaxle.com/index.htm

Get something with 60 outers for tires that big!

looks beefy but wonder if they make them up for jeeps
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Old January 14th, 2007, 11:10 AM   #16
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I why not just go fullwidth?
I would like to go a few inches wider, but dont want to be too crazy with the width. I do like some of the tight trails we do now.

As is I sit wider than most Wranglers. It is about 82"-84" wide. I just fit on my trailer and I moved the fenders out an inch or so.
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I would like to go a few inches wider, but dont want to be too crazy with the width. I do like some of the tight trails we do now.

As is I sit wider than most Wranglers. It is about 82"-84" wide. I just fit on my trailer and I moved the fenders out an inch or so.
running a h2 rim to suck it back quite a bit is always an option.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 02:19 AM   #18
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with full width chevy 60 and a 14 bolt my jeep was 82 inches wide with H2's and 39.5 iroks
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looks beefy but wonder if they make them up for jeeps
Sure, you can get the 9" center with Dana 60 outers for $1250 for the housing.

Brian is a good guy and does very good work. I have some of his parts on my truck.
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spend your money on the d-60
x2, with 42" tires there really isnt another option.

if you really wanna spend some money, get the hi9 center section with 35 spline shafts and 60 outers
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