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need an opinion on the front end

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 72beater, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. 72beater

    72beater 1/2 ton status

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    ok, I'm looking at a complete ball-joint/wheel bearing/hub/u joint ( and probably gears) on my D-44. Am I better off just getting 3/4 ton 44 or, gulp, a 60, and throwing that in? I am a LIGHT wheeler, sand and river beds at the most. Someone give me an opinion? I know I am looking at a grand for a 60 minimum, and I don't know how much for a solid 3/4T 44. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
  2. Don

    Don 1/2 ton status

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    For just sand, and river bed type offroading, I would say a 3/4 ton 44 would be good. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  3. Triaged

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    Stay with the D44. I have beat the piss out of mine and it has done fine. Make sure you keep new Spicer u-joints in it, never put a locker in it, and keep the tires under 36" and you should be fine.
     
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    I would, and have, rebuild you existing D44. It should be good for another 30+ years. However, if you have the $$ to burn or are planning to put anything larger that 33s underneath, you can't go wrong by throwing something bullet-proof in the front.

    I decide to put the cash toward a new soft top and AC.

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  5. jasonkh2tg

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    keep in mind a 3/4 ton 44 is no stronger than a 1/2 ton...3/4 uses a diffrent hub and bearings and diffrent clapiers and spindals....strength wise they use the same ball-joints shafts and gears...
     
  6. 72beater

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    thanks for all the good opinions!
     

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