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D60 joints in a D44

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Leadfoot, Jul 11, 2001.

  1. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I was reading on the off-road.com website under off-road/vehicles/Chevy-GMC/S-10 with attitude, that he took a D44 and put the heavier D60 joints in there. The quote "<font color=blue> Dana44 shafts equipped with the larger dana60 joints</font color=blue>" Was I smokin' crack at the time or did it actually say that, and can it be done? Next question. If it can be done to a D44 I would assume it could be done to a Corp 10 bolt right? And how would it be done?

    Heres the link <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.off-road.com/chevy/feature/nov2000/>http://www.off-road.com/chevy/feature/nov2000/</A>



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    Jesse at High Angle Driveline is making these. Is number is on his site at: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.highangledriveline.com>http://www.highangledriveline.com</A>

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    From the looks of Jesse's site it shows a new joint machined out of a solid piece of material being used to make a stronger joint, not a D60 joint in place of the D44.

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    When he was first doing them, there was a info over on POR about them and he was saying he was using a D60 U-joint and turning down the ends the go into the caps and then making a solid bushing to go inplace of the bearings.

    Maybe he changed and is making them custom now?

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    Could be my bad too, maybe I misunderstood the write-up. Well anyways, thanks for the info.

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    I may have misunderstood also. When I went back and looked at the photos, it does looks custom. I guess we will have to wait until Jesse gets back from Vaca on Monday.

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    They are Dana 60 u-joints ground down so it looks like a Dana 44 u-joint but the journal is around .100-.110" bigger. They are very beefy. He is working on the bushing material that takes the place of the needles.

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    What's the point? Won't your shafts fail if you make the joint too strong?

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    Well, if you're paying for Jesse's u-joints (I think I read somewhere the price will be like $100+ per joint), you've probably already got aftermarket shafts and hub fuses...

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    Yes, but I have the upgraded shafts and they don't warranty damage done by a u-joint blowout. I figured the heavier joint is still weaker than the hardened shafts but added insurance against breakage. Breakage can still occur, it's just unlikely, and the shafts are heavier duty to compensate for the heavier duty joint. And no I do not run hub-fuses because I run a lock-right locker, and just like with the detroit, they do not recommend using them with hub fuses. If a fuse goes there is a good chance your locker will too, that is another reason for upgrading the joints. Just as long as I don't here "Ring and Pinion, you are the weakest link........GOODBYE!!!"

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    As already mentioned, if you need those heavy duty u-joints you probably already have upgraded shafts. The second reason is that the effective strength of the u-joints is greatly reduced the sharper the wheels are turned. Crank the front wheels to full lock and try to power up a rock face and there's a good chance you will hear snap, crackle, bang..........ask me how I know. This is where a heavier duty u-joint would come in useful.
     

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