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D44 Toast?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Recon 78, Aug 12, 2017 at 11:37 AM.

  1. Recon 78

    Recon 78 Registered Member Premium Member

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    The day after a wheelin trip I looked at my D44 and it's leaking from the pinion, all 4 lower rosettes, and the long side tube where it meets the housing.

    Is it trashed?

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    bent72 Desert Solitaire Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Maybe not. Did you take off any sweet jumps?
     
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    Recon 78 Registered Member Premium Member

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    didnt get any air
    just mud ruts and some steep hill climbs
     
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    bent72 Desert Solitaire Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Gonna have to clean it real good and double check for cracks

    Most likely overfilled and got to warm, vent tube plugged. Pull the front cover and take a gander
     
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    Recon 78 Registered Member Premium Member

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    last Summer I put a spartan in my 12 bolt and wheeled all summer it worked great and survived
    this spring I put one in the d44 and wheeled twice then this happened
    overload? 36 in tsl's
     
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    Recon 78 Registered Member Premium Member

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    filled to bottom of fill hole
    75 90w synthetic
     
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    bent72 Desert Solitaire Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Might've gotten too hot.

    Might be pissed and melting from the inside out
     
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    Recon 78 Registered Member Premium Member

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    ok
    will fill with conv 90w
    and look for cracks and such
    thank you for the tips
     
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    454Sub 5/8 ton status Premium Member

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    Leaking plug welds and where the tube presses into the housing is a sign of the tubes starting to loosen up.

    I never understood why they didn't fully weld the tubes in. It would make it much more difficult to fix should a tube bend but you would need a mill either way in the end.
     
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    Recon 78 Registered Member Premium Member

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    yeah I figured the tubes have moved/flexed
    just a matter of time till it fails
     
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    454Sub 5/8 ton status Premium Member

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    Just weld the tubes or fill the plug welds in again, replace the pinion seal and run with it.

    If you feel a 60 is what you need keep an eye out.
     
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    Recon 78 Registered Member Premium Member

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    thanks
    shopping for a d60
    hard to come by at a reasonable price in my area (chicago suburbs)
     
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    454Sub 5/8 ton status Premium Member

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    Yes it will. I live in So IL and I ended up driving 1.5hrs for my 60.
     
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    Recon 78 Registered Member Premium Member

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    nice
    glad you found one
    just not many available near me
    the quest is on!
     
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    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    i am east of you buy a lot of hours drive time . but i have a 60 with 4.10 gears ready to install.

    but you prob wont want to drive that far . . .

    try plug welding the tube holes after gear oil has leaked out them . . . .
     
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    Did you dunk the axle underwater? May be filled with water. If the innards look OK upon inspection, clean and grind all around the tube/pumpkin interface and weld that up. Of course, do some verification that your caster is still about right first and that the tubes haven't backed out a bit.
     
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    You have a Spartan in a 44 with 36s? From the looks of your profile pic you wheel this rig so you might as well start looking for a 60. When it comes to busting 44s with lockers there are those that have and those that will. Just a matter of time.

    Is the oil leak at the tubes dripping on the ground or just getting wet at the seam?
     
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    I know 36's on a d44 is not ideal, thats my son in my profile pic I've owned this rig for 20 yrs and it's survived when it was open.
    shopping for tons now.
    I actually thought I would bust an axleshaft/u joint or grenade the carrier not stress the housing
     
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    no deep water
    not leaking on the ground, just at the seam
     

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