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Upgrading Axles?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Tweetysuarus, Jun 15, 2002.

  1. Tweetysuarus

    Tweetysuarus 1/2 ton status

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    Is it really worth it to convert a Dana 44 over to 8 lug setup just so I can have a mate for the 14 bolt in the rear that is gonna be setup w/5:13's or better? Or should I nix the 44 and go for a D60? Which is it cost effective?

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    you locking the front axle?
     
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    If you are gonna do a good bit of hard wheeling then definitly go for the dana 60 front.When i first built my truck i left it with the 8 lug d44 and after having it out of the garage for about a month i had already broken 2 stub shafts and 1 long shaft,had to replace those then the next month i boke the carrier and the ring and pinion all at the same time.Then i couldnt see spending 300.00 or more rebuilding this axle when i know im just gonna break it again!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Tweetysuarus

    Tweetysuarus 1/2 ton status

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    Yes sir if I do a dana60 it will be with an ARB locker, but right now I have a detroit in the 44
     
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    go with a d60, if you plan on wheeling a lot, and plan on wheeling for a few years (or longer hopefully) then in the long run it will pay forself.
     
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    Why not go w/ Warn (or other high quality axle shafts) w/ the CTM's----if the RCCA's and other crawlers can why cant we---granted we weigh a little more but how often are you gonna get in a situation like them.
     
  7. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Bill,

    Just FYI.....if you're using a 14-Bolt, 5.13 is the DEEPEST you can go. There is nothing numerically larger for the 14-Bolt.

    If you think you'll need more than 5.13 (which implies LARGE tires or DEEP reduction gearing and LOTS of torque multiplication) you'd better look for a D60 front. You can use a D70 rear for more gear selection, but the lockers are more expensive than they would be for a 14BFF. /forums/images/icons/frown.gif
     

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