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dana 44 with 37s

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by sapper, Jul 29, 2001.

  1. sapper

    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    not having the cash for a 60 i want to know from people who are running dana 44s how they hold up and with what tire sizes?

    We are surronded. That simplifies our problem.
     
  2. chevyboy24598

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    I'm running 33s with my D44. It should hold up, as long as its in good condition.

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  3. tRustyK5

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    36" TSL's with my D44...easily as heavy and tall as most 37's out there. I haven't had any probs yet but its not locked and I don't try and solve all my wheeling problems with the skinny pedal...[​IMG]

    Rene

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  4. fr8train

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    Anyone can break stuff. You can make it as bullet proof as you want, it aint going to be idiot proof. If you want to run 37" tires you might want to consider getting some Moser shafts. This will get you a little more breathing room. Just watch the idiot foot.
     
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    I think Steve Frizbies YellowFeaver truck is running 1/2 ton axles (D44 and 12) and 37" tires. From what I hear on the site, he's all about finess.

    Back in the day Stephan Watson from OffRoad Design was running 1/2 ton axles too (I think). I'm not sure what tire size.

    I'm in the same boat. I'm going to stick with my 1/2 ton drive train and go for a "true" 36" tall tire- and hope for the best.

    I'd like to know what everyone else has to say on the subject as well.


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  6. 84_Chevy_K10

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    My friends have the following trucks, which are ALL heavier than K5s

    '78 K10, 350/SM 465/NP205. 44" Gumbo Monster Mudders, Dana 44/12 bolt

    '76 K20, 454/TH 400/NP 203. 39.5" Boggers, Dana 44/14 bolt full floater

    '81 K10, 350/TH 350/NP 208. 38" Ground Hawgs, Corporate 10 bolt/12 bolt

    '80 K20 Suburban, 350/SM 465/NP 205. 44" Gumbo Monster Mudders, Corporate front/14 bolt full floater.

    And mine, '84 K10 Shortbox, 10 bolt/14 bolt semi floater, 35" BFG Muds 305/700R4/NP208.

    Besides mine, all of the above have bigger than 37s. The only one who's ever broke it was the truck with the Boggers and big block.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    85m1009 1/2 ton status

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    I have broken axles in my 44 with 36 inch tires, but I was running old stock axles with lots of miles on them. I have since changed to warn axles and fusible hubs with an ARB locker. So far no problems or breakage. Ask me in a week and the story might be different after the big outing to Disney, OK.

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    Ahh- man, now I'm bummed. I hope the new shafts work better! Let us know (Steve)



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  9. sapper

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    great info thanks everybody!

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    i thought i read somewhere that you can destroy a locker if you have the fusible hubs and they break while the locker is engaged? wouldnt want to see that nice ARB destroyed.

    Adam
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    I saw that same story, They said it would destroy a auto-locker- like a E-Z or Lock-rite. They also said a selectible locker- like a ARB would be O.K.. I would think it is because the case wouldn't suddenly unlock when the fuse blew and strip-out or something. Where a ARB is locked up and would not un-load if a fuse blows. But, Thats just what I read. I guess Frizbies going out to prove it for us.

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    I would imagine a front locker that would break if you used fuses or your u-joint broke would suck bad. If I had a front locker on the trail I'd have to unlock one hub all the time.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    I have 38.5 on my dana 44. I have blown it twice within three weeks. I don't always use the gas pedal as my escape root, but when the situation calls ya, you do what you must. If you baby it you will be okay.

    You call that dirty!?
     
  14. k5king

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    <font color=green>i ran 35's on my 83 blazer and i wheeled it harder than most should,but it was ma toy. the only time i destroyed anything was when i welded the spyder gear's together(DUMB IDEA! ) and forgot to unlock my hub's when i hit pavement. OOP's ! just destroyed the center section,nothing else,but im not going to chance it and use it again. </font color=green>

    <font color=purple>ANYBODY LOSE THEIR JEEP????????[​IMG]
    I JUST FOUND ONE UNDER MY BLAZER!!!![​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG]</font color=green>
     
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    I run 35s on my D44 now corp 10. I broke a few stub axles and U-joints while playing. I also run a 455 Buick so I'm sure that helped to break things. If you don't pound on it the D44 should hold up.
     
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    You should ask Mudzer about his 12 Bolt w/4.88s and 37" Boggers...not a pretty site. Stripped the teeth off the ring and pinion gears. He has the write up on the main page.

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