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which axle to use 14 bolt or dana 60

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dirty willy, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. dirty willy

    dirty willy Registered Member

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    still trying to figure things out on my machine. it is just off road use. 74 blazer frame, 75 3/4 ton axles (dana 44 & 14 bolt 10.5) 4.10 gears 44" boggers 350/350/203. mild cam small stall, all tube body seats 4 Question is it needs more gear 5.13 is tops for the 14 bolt should I go to a different rear end, dana 60 or 70? then I could run 5.88 gears. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    You could keep the 14 and get a Doubler.... /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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    i think the dana's might be able to go lower than 5.88's, i thought i've seen 6 something, but then you have gear strength issues, i would definately go as low as possible, and if you have the options, maybe a d70, if its trail only though you dont have to worry about lockers, so maybe a 14FF welded or detroit and a doubler. anyway i dont know if that helped, i'm sure someone else may chime in and correct some of my errors /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    D60s will go to 7.17
     
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    Can;t say I'd want to run that low of a gear though, you'd be winding out big time even with some 44s, and I can't picture there being a whole lot of strength in that many teeth.
     
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    but LOW LOW LOW gears on a D44 isent a good idea espically with 44 BOGGERS you wont have much gear mesh
     
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    didn't even notice that, definetally wouldn't want to run 5.88s on a dana 44 with 44s, heck I wouldn't want to run 2.73s, D44 and 44s.
     
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    You could keep the 14 and get a Doubler.... /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]Ditto. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    didn't even notice that, definetally wouldn't want to run 5.88s on a dana 44 with 44s, heck I wouldn't want to run 2.73s, D44 and 44s.

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    I just realized it was a Dana 44 front. Oops...

    I'd be looking for '60 front or a smaller set of tires, or both, in a hurry!
     
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    Go doubler and get a heavier set up on the front. The lower gears 5.whatever and lower have such a small pinion that it can strip easily. That is why 4.56's and 4.10's are so common. The doubler makes up for it.
     
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    ditch the th350 for a sm465. regear the 14 bolt and 44 with 5.13s and never look back.
     
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    ditch the th350 for a sm465. regear the 14 bolt and 44 with 5.13s and never look back.

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    yeah, dont look back, and you'll never notice the pieces of your front axle you left on the road. Dana 44 is a model number, and has nothing to do with the size of tire it will support. you wont catch me with anything bigger than a 36 x 12.50 on a 10 bolt or D44. i've heard too many horror stories.
     

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