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Dana 44's can't be built?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bigk, Aug 2, 2001.

  1. bigk

    bigk 1/2 ton status

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    Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    Everybody keeps saying that you should save your money for a D60, but didn't Stephen Watson used to run a built 44 or 10 bolt with 37's? I can't really imagine being more abusive than he is. Thanks ahead, guys.
    P.S. I don't plan on running anymore than a 38.

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    Re: Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    i just dont want to break anything, well besides the wallet of course, but on the trail, i want to go through the trail and come back unbroken no matter what. i'm easy on the ten bolt and haven't broken anything yet (knock on wood) so I know the 60 will take a little more punishment w/ no probs, mkae that a lot more punishment. I also want to be in the 35-39" range

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    Re: Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    Depends on where you wheel and how heavy your right foot is. If you do mud or if you stay open in the front a 44 will have a nice long life under your truck. My 44 does ok with 35's but I do break my share of U-joints in them. If you go with the hardened shafts and good U-joints with full circle snap rings instead of the 2/3 circle clips that come with them you will do just fine. I am going to a 60 because 38.5's are calling my name and it is fun to romp on it once in a while without listening for the POW. Try to run a light tire and wheel combo and go for it. Or if you want buy mine it already has 410's and is locked.

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    Re: Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    What do you want for your axles?

    Keep it simple!
     
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    Re: Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    If I remember right Steve Frisbie runs a D44 front with 37's. Dana 44's are a stout unit, and can be built even better - A D60 is just better right out of the box.

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    Re: Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    Also something to keep in mind is a build up of a 44 or 10b will cost almost as much as a 60 in decent shape. Two factors are 10b or 44 are under the truck already and D60 parts are mucho $$$$$.
     
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    Re: Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    <font color=blue>If you add quality ring and pinions, alloy shafts, full-circle clips and a full case l/s or locker they can hold up. Unless your rockcrawling with larger than 36" tires or have a built motor, a 44 or a 10 bolt can work. I have a 77 8 lug 44 in my truck since october and I havent broken anything yet (broke a front driveshaft though), on my old 44 I broke the steering u-joints but they were the 260-X joints (same as in jeeps) and I was bouncing up rock stairsteps. For most trucks a 44 or a 10 bolt is fine. Also, I like having to use driver skill to get over things. Anyone can bolt up all the goodies, head out to the trail and right-foot they're way through anything without breaking. I like to have to try to get through stuff without breaking or needing a front locker.</font color=blue>
     
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    Re: Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    Yeah, I just figured since the 44 was already there and I can afford a few upgrades at a time better than a big chunk at once, I'd like to try to keep it. Ain't no Sledgehammer trail here in Illinois, just mud and hills and big tires.

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    Re: Dana 44\'s can\'t be built?

    I live in Illinois, my friends run 38s, 39.5s, and 44s on 10 bolt fronts. If you're just doing mud, even in a throttle fest, you're not going to break it.

    I run 35s and I've beat my truck to no end and it always asks for more.

    Tim
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