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Dana 44 Repair not sucessfull?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by blopez, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. blopez

    blopez Registered Member

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    I was having some seirous wheel movement (up down and Toe). I jacked up the truck and on the driver side hub assebly I had play. So, I replaced the berrings, races, and seal. When I put it all back togather no play. I drove the vehical around the block and it as if nothing changed.

    (1) what did I do wrong?
    (2) What is the problem?
    (3) What sould I do Next?

    1972 GMC Jimmy. Dana 44 (5F) with an 8 lug roter assembely. 39.5 in Super swampers.

    TIE ROD ENDS?
     
  2. sandawgk5

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    I would say balljoints.

    Ira
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    Answer = IRA x2
     
  4. blopez

    blopez Registered Member

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    Ira?

    Whats IRA?
     
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    ira, the first guy that responded.
    i say balljoints also.
     
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    clarkjw24 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Ball joints or TREs.
     
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    I am hurting now.....Dr. Pepper exiting through the nose.....
     
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    I agree with the balljoints being the problem. I would have to say that the 39.5's don't help your cause any either. When you replace the balljoints make sure you use good quality parts and make sure that they have a lifetime warranty. With 39.5's you will be replacing them again. What wheel backspacing are you using?

    The taller and heavier the tires are the more leverage they have on the balljoints. The larger the tires and the harder you wheel the harder it is one the ball joints. Less backspacing is harder on balljoints.

    Friends of mine that wheeled hard with 35-37" tires on D44's with low backspacing wheels would wear out balljoints in 3-4 months of use. They would be out wheeling at least 2 weekends a month though.

    Harley
     

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