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post #1 of 17 Old 05-28-2017, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Ford hp 44 swap.

Okay so im swapping a 76 ford hp 44 into my jk. And im planning on running factory links for now. Whats the best way to mount the upper link mounts. Or a full truss with the mounts on it?

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-28-2017, 09:13 AM
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https://www.ballisticfabrication.com...conversion-kit
Up to you but if you are going to use factory uppers then you need this style of mount. Lots of people make them. You will need some kind of bridge over the differential if your new axle does not have this style of mount.

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Why a 44? It's an awful lot of work for an axle that barely compares to a JK 44.

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1/2 tubes are stronger. Running a full spool. Lockouts everyone likes there rig different

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1/2 tubes are stronger. Running a full spool. Lockouts everyone likes there rig different

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Yea man I'm all about doing new things, but there is a reason nobody swaps old dana 44's into their JK's. It's going to cost you just a little bit less and require just as much work as a dana 60.

What are you doing about the bolt pattern? What are you doing about the cast radius arm perches?
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76 f250 isint cast going 5x5.5 was 8 lug along with my 9 inch rear. Axles were outa my old truck so ill have less than a 60 swap

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Heck I'm curious how this turns out. I see these d44 around quite a bit.
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Ill post pics along build.

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1/2 tubes are stronger. Running a full spool. Lockouts everyone likes there rig different

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Yea man I'm all about doing new things, but there is a reason nobody swaps old dana 44's into their JK's. It's going to cost you just a little bit less and require just as much work as a dana 60.

What are you doing about the bolt pattern? What are you doing about the cast radius arm perches?
76/77 F100/F150 did not have a hollow cast perch like the 78/79 F150/Bronco axles. 76/77 had 2 piece weld on wedges with a solid axle tube unlike the 78/79 that had a 1 piece cast wedge with 2 piece axle tubes.
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Im not good enough on the internet to copy peoples text but dirtman i think im going to use these bushings with a custom bracket

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RE does not have a good track record with joints. This is a good maintenance free joint and bracket that should last.
JK Front Duroflex Axle Bushing Kit
Without the bracket:https://www.metalcloak.com/2-OD-x-2-...ing-p/7302.htm

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My buddy runs them on his ls buggy with 43s and swears by them. That link wont pull up on my slow phone.

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I was looking at those joints in 4wd's show room last week. One thing I noticed is the holes for the threaded washer are "through" rather than an indention such as rock krawler. That's a lot better of a design. I broke 2 of rock krawler's shitty ass sockets trying to rebuild a joint. Fuck rock krawler.


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I would never recommend a rock krawler joint.
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I would never recommend a rock krawler joint.


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Ill take some better pics this weekend.

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post #17 of 17 Old 07-17-2017, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got the swap done.

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