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dana 44 strenght with upgraded shafts etc

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by chevyguybc, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. chevyguybc

    chevyguybc 1/2 ton status

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    well recently i had to put ball joints in my front dana 44, to go camping.. now it needs a ring and pinion due to a rock to the diff cover, chipped a few teeth.. its currently 4:10s
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    dana 60s out here are 1000, then they need another 1500.

    dana 44 chromo shafts and u joints would be 800... crossover another 300,

    i would also up the gears to 4:88 for 400 front rear..

    so i would be into it for 1700, now... would this take the abuse of 39.5 iroks? or should i just buck up, wait until next summer and get a dana 60, and stick with 36s until then?
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    I wouldn't doubt you broke those . The last Chevy Dana 44 front was installed in the 70's :thumb:
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    $1700 and you'd still have a ball joint front end with a small carrier and a tiny pinion gear...

    Personally I'd do the 60 and never have to worry about it again.

    Rene
     
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    bigblock72 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    With 39s you'd be silly to put any money in a 44 and expect it to last long enough to get a return on your investment. Just save your money and buy a 60, you won't regret it, especially with the way you seem to use your equipment.
     
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    What exactly do you mean when you say "A Dana 60 costs $1000 and then needs another $1500"???? I bought a Dana 60, slapped in a Lock-right, fresh Spicer u-joints, new brakes and wheel bearings, and it's way less then $1500 and had held up way better than my old 10-bolt ever did.

    If you were planning on doing gears and crossover on the existing D44, then those costs are a wash anyway.
     
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    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    with 4.88 gears and 39.5 Iroks you will get use to the sound of broken parts in a dana 44 even with HD shafts. I went through a few Warn HD shafts before I gave up and Got a D60. I tried everything. I had hub fuses, HD shafts and HD u-joints. I blew my locker up and the short side inner shaft playing in a plowed up pile of snow in my driveway. that was the last straw. my wife finally saw the light and agreed that I needed a D60.
     
  7. chevyguybc

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    thanks, just the posts I was looking for, i knew your past experiences would help me out..

    1500 is for rebuild, gears, steering, and hydro..
     

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