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44 as strong as a 60?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Brian85gmc, Sep 14, 2002.

  1. Brian85gmc

    Brian85gmc Registered Member

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    With the creation of CTM's mega u-joints, I was thinking.

    If you took a dana 44 and put in some alloy shafts along with the CTM joints, would it work?

    would you just be making the ring & pinion your new weak point?(or maybe the hubs?) Or would the R&P stand up just as good? The hubs would be the best weak point though, don't you think? Or maybe the u-joint on the shaft?

    just wanted to get some of your thoughts on this.
     
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    bablazer73 1/2 ton status

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    no. hubs are smaller, balljoint's are smaller. bearings are smaller. it might last loner, but I think a 60 overall alot stronger
     
  3. Brian85gmc

    Brian85gmc Registered Member

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    ah..the ball joints. Yes, they are definately a factor.

    But what if you keep your tire size at 36". Could the ball joints handle that?
     
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    You would be good to go with a tire size under 38"
     
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    why woul dthe ball joints care what size your tires are???

    I honestly dont get that part...?
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  6. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    why woul dthe ball joints care what size your tires are???

    [/ QUOTE ] Leverage. A taller tire exerts much higher side forces on the axle. Think about when the sidewall pushes agaist a rock or log. /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif That leverage can snap a balll joint right in half. /forums/images/icons/frown.gif

    One of the 4WD magazines had a picture of such an incident on their cover in the last year or two. It's pretty impressive carnage. One joint breaks, which lets the spindle move in directions it was never designed to move, then the other joint breaks. Last, the axle shaft breaks as the wheel flops around under the truck. /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif It makes for a pretty crummy day. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     

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