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What have you busted in your D44/10 bolt FRONT axle?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by heavy4x4, Mar 20, 2004.

  1. heavy4x4

    heavy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Just looking for a general idea of what breaks the most. What I'd like is for you to list your tire size, 10 bolt or D44, what you've broken, and how many times.

    Made-up example:

    35" tires
    D44
    Locking hub (1)
    RH outer axleshaft (1)
    Axleshaft U-joint (2)

    etc.

    Thanks!
     
  2. scoutillac

    scoutillac 1/2 ton status

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    10 bolt
    35" tires
    rf axles inner and outer-3
    warn premiums-2
    Inner seals-3
     
  3. GMCLegacy

    GMCLegacy 1/2 ton status

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    D44 w/ 40" TSLs

    2 longside shaft inners.

    1 set of spiders from the ring gear bolts that decided to back out.
     
  4. Okiemuddog

    Okiemuddog 1/2 ton status

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    D44/ Detroit
    36's
    1 u-joint/stub yokes/long shaft yokes all at once
    went to D60 3 weeks later /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
  5. Fry

    Fry 1/2 ton status

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    Warn Premium hubs
    Spicer U-Joint
    Ring gear teeth

    33s, Open
     
  6. bugspray

    bugspray 1/2 ton status

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    D44
    37 12.5 15 Super Swampers TSL's
    3:73's Lock rite's
    MM hubs

    I've had it 4 years. I had 35's most of the time, and just broke the short side inner axle shaft (at the part that taper's). Both the seals needed replaced too, they were shot. I went ahead and replaced the ujoints too.
     
  7. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    10 bolt
    35" tires & lock right

    Nothing yet. It will happen though. I carry wheel bearings, spindle, axleshafts, ujoints, locking hub, and yoke for it. I also have 4 sets of axleshaft for it just because I will probably need them someday.

    I have seen D44's break
    Longside & ujoint (1)
    shortside & ujoint (1)
     
  8. Thumper

    Thumper 1/2 ton status

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    Dana 44 with Detroit Trutrac
    4:56s with 35s
    and now 4:10s with 38s

    passenger side both ends after the u-joint broke.

    I have seen lots of 10 bolts, D44s and other front diffs (AMC20s etc) break stuff, and 9 times out of 10, its the u-joint that lets go, then takes out the axle ears with it. If you are planning to upgrade, you have to do both axles and u-joints. In my opinion, Id leave the hubs so at least you have a relatively cheap easy replacement instead of gears or locker.
    But thats just my thoughts.
    Oh ya, and before anyone asks: I know I went the wrong way 4:56s with 35s to 4:10s with 38s. Reasoning was simple. I couldnt afford the 4:56s for the 14FF, so I swapped the front D44 to match the rear end until I could afford the gears... now I kinda really like the 4:10s, so the plan is to stick with them, and double the t-case or tranny. you know... before anyone asks... hehe.
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    Mike
     
  9. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    31" tires
    10B
    drivers stub(1)
    pass stub(1)
    both joints(1)
    3.08 gears

    breakin s hit with a stock setup sucks the fat one...
     
  10. K1Orion

    K1Orion 1/2 ton status

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    8 lug D44,4.10,35s

    3 axle u-joints, carrier(pretty sure it was the spider gears)

    Haven't broken anything yet with the 38s /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  11. DERBINATOR

    DERBINATOR 1/2 ton status

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    D44 8lug
    38" tsl
    many axle joints, both sides, usually ending in axle yokes being broke
    spider and ring gears (1)

    added lock right and wheeled once since and broke 1 axle joint
     
  12. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Used to run a D44...

    3.73 open
    33" AT's
    Big block /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    Superwinch hubs- 2
    Spider/side gears- 2 sets

    Kinda wierd that the spider and side gers blew apart before the stub's or hubs at the time. Steering was at full lock to the left trying to climb a muddy hill with roots. Pretty decent amount of throttle. One little hop/bounce on the roots and they popped. Interesting noise too..BANG! popopopopopopopopop....lol, like a little machinegun. /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif
     
  13. Jonny-K5

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    10b
    33' tires
    4.56 and ARB

    not a damn thing!....yet
     
  14. Resurrection_Joe

    Resurrection_Joe 1 ton status

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    1978 K20 Bobbed Flatbed
    D44
    38x13x16 TSL Bias (measure 36")

    Passenger side stock stub at splines
    Passenger side Milemarker hub

    Rear axle hung on rock, open 14BFF, one tire in the air so no traction, both front tires on soft dirt, hald throttle turning the wheels back and forth for traction and kablammo
     
  15. leadfoot067

    leadfoot067 1/2 ton status

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    73 blazer
    8-lug44 with a trac-loc
    36 SXs
    ran this combo for 7 years....lost track of broken u-joints,stubs and shafts......5 ring gear bolts came out,5 sheared off and took the ring and pinion with..in january....now have a 60
     
  16. 84_Chevy_K10

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    38.5x16x15 tires
    4.10s open
    10 bolt front
    350

    U joints (2)
    Inner shafts (both sides one each)
    Outer shafts (same)

    Haven't had any issues with the '60. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  17. Seventy4Blazer

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    my knuckle, removing it to install D60....
    Grant /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  18. JDNobodi

    JDNobodi 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    My 73 with 33 tires 10 years ago.

    2 4:11 gear sets
    2 4:56 gear sets
    2 sets of spider gears
    3 u-joints along with short side axle shafts.

    I've yet to break anything on my 74 with 3:08 gears on 31 tires.
     

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