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42's vs 44's

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. BranndonC

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    42\'s vs 44\'s

    i've noticed more people seem to run 42's than 44's. Is there a reason to this? i mean cost at that point isnt a huge difference, so there must be another reason? maybe brakeage?

    anyone care to fill me in? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    I considered 44's carefully before decided to run 42's. The reason was and is the bigger rubber needs too much space with only 3" of lift. It did not seem to be worth it in my opinion.
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    The 44's are alot wider. In my case, and alot of peoples cases, the width is harder to fit than the height since when turning the tire smacks the frame...
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    never thought about the width hitting the frame, thats a good point. thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    More lift will fix the frame problem. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    i'm not lifting it enough to where the frame is 44 inches above the ground /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

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    i'm not lifting it enough to where the frame is 44 inches above the ground /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    [/ QUOTE ] It doesn't takr 44" of lift, just enough to clear the tires a little more when turning, get the frame above the widest part of the tire.
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    lift = bad

    And what happens when you stuff the tire? It goes back up and hits the frame. /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    You can't stuff 44's anyway unless you have hacked fenders.

    Less backspacing might help... /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    Less backspacing will make the tires turn in a large arc and just slam them into the firewall. Yeah, hacking fenders = good, lift = bad.
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    Less backspacing would help if there was just a little bit of extra lift. Just enough to keep them from swinging into the firewall.

    enough lift=good
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    i run 40's and it is danereously close to all of it. no idea how you'd run 42's without serious firewall/axle movement and/or modification
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    Don't really see how the extra inch of lift you get out of the 44's is worth the extra rotating mass you have to move and I don't see the extra width being too helpfull when you're trying to fit a fullsize through the rocks. It might be worth it for the mud runners.
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    There's a pretty big difference between the 42x15 and 44x18 Swamper. As mentioned the extra 3" of width seems to be more of an issue than the extra 2" of height.

    Ironically, most of the fullsize and hybrid guys in our club are going smaller. They've been running 39.5's to 42's for years (they did a lot of mud) and are finding that the skinnier 37's and 38's work better on the trails around here.......lot's of tight wooded areas. One guy even went from a pickup with 1-tons and 40's to an S-10 hybrid with 33's and D44/12-bolt. He hasn't had his "big" truck on the trail since he got the hybrid done.
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    i dont seem to have anny problems with my 44s hitting my body or frame with 6 inches of lift /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, no problems here running 42s with 4" of lift. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

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    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, no problems here running 42s with 4" of lift. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif

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    No body for them to hit. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    I'm sure weight is a factor on the 42s decision too. A 44" Swamper is much heavier which puts more stress on the Dana 60 front.

    Even a 35 spline '60 isn't bulletproof. My friend managed to break his with 44s.
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

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    Even a 35 spline '60 isn't bulletproof. My friend managed to break his with 44s.

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    its not the 44 alone breaking the 60.it has to do with how you drive it also.im sure i could bake a stub or u joint on a 60 with 36s.
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

    rock guys say lift is bad mud guys want it sky high im somewhere in the middle a mud truck that can crawl,go 44"s that what i want when my 39"s are gone and thats not far off for a throttle jockey like myself.
     
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    Re: 42\'s vs 44\'s

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    mud guys want it sky high

    [/ QUOTE ] Thats the class I fall into... /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     

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