Ford 3/4 ton dana 44 and 60 worth it?
Long time reader, first time poster.
I have a 2013 jku sport on 35's, with currently no axle upgrades. The goal would be to stay on 35's for some time, ultimately ending up on 37's.
I have access to a fairly cheap set of 1978 or 79 Ford 3/4 ton axles. A high pinion, 8 lug Dana 44 and an 8 lug, full float Dana 60 rear. I am not set on these axles at all, but they do satisfy some wants I had for 37's: bigger brakes, servicable wheel bearings, and a little more wms width. I haven't seen where these axles have been used on a swap, but my searching skills are exceptionally not good haha.
That being said, I know the jk dana 44 r&p is better than old school 44 axles. If I wanted to have the newer gear set badly enough, there is a swap kit to put those gears in older housings.
Are there downsides to using these axles? Getting tone rings cut for them? Rear axle diameter and front axle spline/diameter?
I would love a 60 and 14 bolt. Been there and done that. My axles at that time allowed me to have confidence running 44" tires. Trying to limit myself this time haha.
So, what say you for 37's? Is it smarter and more cost effective to just need up my stock rear end and buy a pro rock 44? Or use these older axles and get new wheels?
Any information is greatly appreciated!