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Beating a dead horse...front axles

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I just purchased a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport this week and am starting my upgrade journey. From what I have read the front axle might be as good a place as any to start. The question is what to get? I don't want to break the bank, but I want a decent axle. What would be reasonable costs associated with a dana 44 and a dana 60? Should I just cruise local junk yards for totaled Rubicons with rear end damage or monitor the classifieds on here? Like I said before I'm fairly uneducated in all this, but am excited to learn. Thanks in advance for any and all info/help.
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i couldn't sleep last night and i was looking at the same thing!
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Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I just purchased a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport this week and am starting my upgrade journey. From what I have read the front axle might be as good a place as any to start. The question is what to get? I don't want to break the bank, but I want a decent axle. What would be reasonable costs associated with a dana 44 and a dana 60? Should I just cruise local junk yards for totaled Rubicons with rear end damage or monitor the classifieds on here? Like I said before I'm fairly uneducated in all this, but am excited to learn. Thanks in advance for any and all info/help.
In my opinion I'd run the 30 till it breaks.....it's not as weak as everyone claims! Mine lasted 6 years running 37's and I wheel it hard. Yes I broke stuff, but most won't wheel their Jeep like myself (some do) The Rubicon front axle is stronger than a 30....but not as strong as a ProRock. A PR44 is going to run around $5500-6000, and 60's will be closer to 15-18k,for front and rear(all in) You might be able to pickup a used Rubicon 44, but with the money you'd pay or put into it you'd be close to the PR44 price. Just my .02....

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In my opinion I'd run the 30 till it breaks.....it's not as weak as everyone claims! Mine lasted 6 years running 37's and I wheel it hard. Yes I broke stuff, but most won't wheel their Jeep like myself (some do) The Rubicon front axle is stronger than a 30....but not as strong as a ProRock. A PR44 is going to run around $5500-6000, and 60's will be closer to 15-18k,for cent and rear(all in) You might be able to pickup a used Rubicon 44, but with the money you'd pay or put into it you'd be close to the PR44 price. Just my .02....
Actually I could be ok with PR44s especially if I'm not replacing both axles at the same time. I'm not opposed to it, but $2750-3000 is much easier for me to justify at any one time. Not to mention someone on wranglerforum.com was saying that the Rubicon D44 has factory dana 30 tubes and Cs? I'd love PR60's but I can't bring myself to spend that kind of cash yet. Maybe some day, but not this day.
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