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Can a Rubi 44 Front-End work in an "X" model???

So I want 5.13s with lockers in my automatic "X", and I don't want to (and shouldn't) build-up my Dana30 in my Automatic Unlimited "X" model...

Does anyone know if I was able to get my hands on a Rubi 44 front-end with facoty electric locker, if this would work seamlessly into my "X" model? OR will I have front driveshaft length/compatibility issues due to the transfer case difference, and/or problems with the link connections, brakes, or anything else?

Also, does this seem to the easiest (and most cost-effective) way to swap a 44 with a locker into my Automatic X?

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check this out
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It is essentially a bolt in operation. You may need to have the dealer flash the computer if you want to use factory switches to operate the locker with the dash indicator, etc.

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Other than the bolts it's just hooking up some wires, light and switch to make the locker operational.

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Definitely works. I have done it. It will also give you the opportunity to wire the lockers the way you want.
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You realize it's the same weak ass housing as found in a D30 right?


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If you'er stying wiht 35's, don't bother. Just use the Poly axle housing kit to beef it up and you'll be fine.

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If you'er stying wiht 35's, don't bother. Just use the Poly axle housing kit to beef it up and you'll be fine.
That's what I did. Running 35's with the Poly complete kit and am very happy.


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That's what I did. Running 35's with the Poly complete kit and am very happy.
I want to go 5.13s and add 37's at some point. What is the Poly kit???

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I want to go 5.13s and add 37's at some point. What is the Poly kit???
if you are going that big you may as well get the 44 and upgrade the shafts sooner or later as well. The tech I wrote (that is linked above) shows how retardedly simple it is to bolt in a rubi 44 AND make the locker fully functional without tieing it into anything factory.

Or you can save that cash, gusset/truss the 30, upgrade the shafts and drop in a lunchbox locker.

The Poly kit is similar to the RSE sleeve kit I put on mine and I used Poly Performance C gussets over the RSE C gusset. With the JK 44 (or 30 for that matter) You WANT to gusset the C's and seriously consider a truss of some kind.
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if you are going that big you may as well get the 44 and upgrade the shafts sooner or later as well. The tech I wrote (that is linked above) shows how retardedly simple it is to bolt in a rubi 44 AND make the locker fully functional without tieing it into anything factory.

Or you can save that cash, gusset/truss the 30, upgrade the shafts and drop in a lunchbox locker.

The Poly kit is similar to the RSE sleeve kit I put on mine and I used Poly Performance C gussets over the RSE C gusset. With the JK 44 (or 30 for that matter) You WANT to gusset the C's and seriously consider a truss of some kind.
Wow, I just read that linked article, and not only was it very informative, but freaking hysterically written. Well done!

A lot to ingest there, but it appears that this is the way to go. Question: Does the rear Dana 44 require the same gusset/truss strengthening too???

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