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Anyone using the ORD D44 Inner/Outer Axle shafts?

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by Greg72, Feb 28, 2002.

  1. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    As much as I'd like to simply go straight to a D60.... the one I really want from Dynatrac is around $5400!!! ouch!

    So I was hoping to "stretch" my D44 a while longer.....maybe be going to the 4340 Chrome Molly (sp?) shafts from ORD. I am planning on running 38's.....so I think I'm still in trouble!

    From what I've read though....the 297x u-joints should be my weakest link at that point, so I won't have to worry about broken axles on the trail.....just u-joints........and maybe LOTS of them if I can't keep my foot off the gas! [​IMG]

    Just looking for some "real world" experiences.....this upgrade is around $650, so it's still a LOT cheaper than my alternative!



    -Greg72

    '72 K5 Blazer - 427BB/TH350/NP205/6" Lift/35x12.50's
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  2. donimator

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    I was running the left side of my D44 with inner and outher chomo axel shafts. I just swaped to a dana 60. Whatever you do, do not upgrade just one shaft at a time. I had just the inner chromo for about a year and it destroyed 3 outer stubs and 4 ujoints before I purchased the outer stub for that side. That inner shaft did not have a scratch after destoroying those parts. The next trip out, it help up great, until i broke the right side inner and outer. I am selling my left side shaft and outer stub with ujoin installed for $200. The inner shaft is only 1 yr and the outer stub is only 3 mo. old. I am running 36in. tires and the chromo stuff seemed to hold up very well compared to stock. The u-joint is definetaly the weakest link with the chromo shafts. I cas still warranty the shafts out with ORD if you have any problems with them, uless you ruin the them around the U-joint from breaking a join. If the shaft or splines break, they are under warranty.
    Don

    73 3/4 ton Chevy. 383 stroker, TH350, NP 205, 14bolt FF(Detroit), Dana 60 (open),6in. lift, 36x 14.5 super swampers
     
  3. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Dominator,

    Pardon my ignorance, but why would you only do one side? The comment about doing both the "inner" and "outer" makes sense to me......as the parts get stronger, you are just moving the failures to the weakest part! [​IMG]

    I was just curious if for some reason, the left side (driver's side?) is the weaker side......and breaks more often?

    BTW-&gt; Your price seems really good for those parts, has anyone called "dibs" yet?


    -Greg72

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    isnt the longer side always weaker? Like think about trying to break 2 pieces of wood, one is 3 feet long and one is 1 foot long. I dunno.

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    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by shaggyk5 on 02/28/02 10:16 AM.</FONT></P>
     
  5. Stephen

    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    Do some careful research, search this forum, that main page and the pirate board, you'll get more opinions than you want!

    I personally had good luck running the chromos up to a 36" tire, with 37's I felt like I was pushing it a bit too much. I did some good wheeling with the 37" MTR's on the chromo axles, but it felt like I was using the last bit of strength too much. I used/abused them a couple of times with the Q78 swampers and they held up well.

    What's wrong with a plain old GM surplus D60 front for $1K-$1500? I don't like the idea of giving dynatrac (or any other custom builder) big money to build what we can buy cheap and bolt in.
    High pinion is cool, but I know where there's a ford D60 for $2800 that would work really well for that too. Just slap in the Ford 205 behind your Doubler and you're ready for action. All for well under the price of the axle alone.

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    I replaced the parts as I broke them with the Chormo stuff as I could affor it. Money is the root of 4wheelin. No money, no cool stuff. I did what I could afford. Once I could afford the D60, I did it. No buyers yet on the axel. They are still up for sale. Let me know if you are interested.

    73 3/4 ton Chevy. 383 stroker, TH350, NP 205, 14bolt FF(Detroit), Dana 60 (open),6in. lift, 36x 14.5 super swampers
     
  7. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I am interested.....Can you quote me a "delivered" price to 95035?

    You can do it here or via PM if you'd prefer....also let me know what method of payment you want.

    Thanks!

    ps. And "Oh Yes!"....no money = no cool parts!!! [​IMG] I can definitely relate to that....



    -Greg72

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    hey greg how about some cromo's and a set of CTM's, you would still be pushing it with 38's but it would be better than the 297x's. and don't listen to MJ when he say that they(CTM) are for trail use only, i've spoken with ctm and they say they are for street or trail. HEY stephen how about showing me a place to get a surplus D60 FOR $1000-$1500 and not from Roger up in Pa. Part of the problem with buying a used 60 is that it's mostly private individuals selling them and i won't send somone i don't know a check for $1500 and hope they don't rip me off. I mean it would be nice [​IMG] to find a business to order a D60 thats surplus and not rebuilt and not $3000[​IMG].

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    you going to be really pushing the chromemoly axles with 38's.i was running 38.5 boggers with the chromo axles and had the u joint pop at high rpms through a bog and took out both inner and outer axles.other than that they held up pretty well on slow speed trail work.just watch the high rpm assaults.i wish i would have just save the money and bought the 60 in the first place.i'd save the coin and ditch the 44.

    78 blazer Detroit locked D60/14bolt FF 5:13,42inch swamps
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Well you know.....when money's tight......$1000 may as well be $1,000,000 ! [​IMG]

    I wish I could afford a D60 front....I've got the 14-Bolt sitting in my garage, but the swap needs a lot of other stuff too.....8-Lug wheels, driveshaft mods, etc.

    I'll get there eventually, I've just got to be a little conservative with my driving and try to keep that D44 together until I can afford to really do it right....

    I appreciate the input though.....I know what you're saying. I hate spending money on stuff I know I'll be replacing anyway....but that's how it goes sometimes. [​IMG]


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    Greg, leave the 35's or go to 36's, make it 3/4t first using 15x8's with 3" backspace for the 8 lug and you'll be fine. You always have the super beef in the rear to get home and the chromos in the D44 are really happy with 35-36" tires. Spend the rest of your money on gas to drive it. You'll have more fun than working to pay off the D60 instead of 'wheeling!

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    If you don't feel like sending a check to somebody that is fine but I will tell you to do some reserch before you think you will get ripped off. I have sold many axles for Roger to members here and I have not got any complaints. If you want to go the business route USA 6x6 (I think that is the name) sells used Dana 60's for $1200 which is the cheapest I found a business selling them for.

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    Project Mighty Mouse here.
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    you da man!!!!!!!! sorry i didn't mean to say roger or you would rip anybody off, that just came out REALLY wrong. it was the sending a $1500 check thing that i don't like.

    try'n to keep the greasy side down<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by beater74 on 03/01/02 01:30 PM.</FONT></P>
     

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