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Front - Weld, Lock, or LimitSlip

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BigBurban350, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. BigBurban350

    BigBurban350 1/2 ton status

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    I got a suburban that I just recently upgraded the rear to a 14-bolt which I plan to weld. As for the front axle(D44), I have yet to install. I plan the install it over Christmas. I want my truck to do some serious wheeling AND not break stuff /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif. What would the best choice for the front be: Weld, Lock, Limit Slip, or just leave it open? KEY WORD: not <font color="red"> BREAK </font color> stuff. This truck is a daily driver. /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
  2. Shaggy

    Shaggy 3/4 ton status

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    <font color="green"> One peice of information that you didn't mention - what size tires, and how hard do you wheel the truck. Also, what kind of t-case, and if it's a 203 is it converted? </font color>
     
  3. XtrmChevy

    XtrmChevy 1/2 ton status

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    My opinion: do not weld it.
     
  4. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    If you weld it, you'd better have hydro assist because you wont be able to steer worth a chit!

    Best for not breaking stuff? LSD or open
    Best for off roading? Full Detroit locker
    Good compromise would be an ARB, but for a D44, I'd hold off and save your pennies for a D60. I have a D44 now that's open and stock and I'm not about to drop any cash into an inferior axle. But it's all your choice.
     
  5. zakk

    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    FILL OUT YOUR PROFILE!!!!!!!!!

    This is really getting old. We have no idea where you are (and where you wheel), what your rig has already, specs. etc.

    With a pig like a 'burb, you need a D60 if you want a chance not to break stuff. the weight will kill a D44 if you wheel it hard. I have seen D60's snap under a 'burb in the sand. so your D44 will not work.

    *edit*

    here is a pic of extreeeeeem 'burban wheeling and what they do to D60's
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Shaggy

    Shaggy 3/4 ton status

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    <font color="green"> Cool pic, but that's not a D60... </font color>
     
  7. Silver84k5

    Silver84k5 1/2 ton status

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    i was thinking the same thing
     
  8. exodus

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    no matter what axle you have (save for maby 2 1/2 ton) your probly going to have to truss it to stand up to that kind of abuse. on a suburban its probly not a bad idea anyway for the front just hope your ball joints hold up

    http://coloradok5.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=419&amp;size=big
    heres a pic of trusses (eric e's truck) for a hard landing /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif i would go with top and bottom trusses thats a lot of stress
     
  9. 87sm465np208

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    yeap, id put an axle truss on it, that might stop that nasty axle tube breakege thing, god damn now im scared about bounceing my truck across rail road tracks /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif, /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif, all i can say is no matter what you build up, what you dont build up will break.

    /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
  10. ben427

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    Man, thats a sweet dually, what does it have for lift and tires? 4" and 36's?
     
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    edit* gonna check with Skip. he said it was a D60

    and even if it IS a D44, that is what heppens to them, only furthering my argument
     
  12. Beast388

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    The front diff in the pic is a 10 bolt. /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
  13. 87sm465np208

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    damn, good thing i got an extra 10 /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif with the right gears, jeez, never been in sand, but it must be rough on the trucks drivetrain.
     
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    in the sand? I've done some crzy shift, and that's never happened to me /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif that guy must have launched off a freaken razor back /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif but 10 bolts do have thin wall axle tubes /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif cool pic, /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif but I bet it was set up
     
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    <font color="green"> I've seen the same thing happen to a Dana 44 at Pismo.

    Zakk, the u-bolt on the inside of the passenger side spring perch is the giveaway that it's not a D60. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Dunno if these pics will link, if not just go to the URL.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] </font color>
     
  16. zakk

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    i see it now. but look at the Curb Krawlers who thing it is a 10B /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    damn...
     
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    Hmm, last night I could see the pics. But today it says "remote linking forbidden". /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
  18. Beast388

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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    i see it now. but look at the Curb Krawlers who thing it is a 10B

    damn...

    -zakk


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    Zakk.....are you refering to the diff in the pic you posted in stating that it is a Dana 44? I'm sorry, but that is a 10 bolt. You thought it was a Dana 60, so obviously you are an authority on front diffs. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif Get your sh!t straight before running off at the mouth....it makes you look bad. /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif

    Your profile says you have a D60 under your rig....and you can't tell that the diff in the pic you posted isn't a D60...or a D44? Who is the real curb crawler?
     
  19. zakk

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    dunno...it has been a long time since i have seem 1/2 ton crap /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
    Rockwells are next /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Its kinda like the 12B front and 14Bff front too /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    Who is the real curb crawler?

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    we both are, but i have the balls to admit it /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     

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