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post #1 of 10 Old 11-23-2018, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at new axles, is there a cheaper option if I have d60 housings?

Like the title says, I am shopping for a new front axle, and deciding between the pro rock 44 and the fusion 60/44....but the fusion got me to thinking, I have access to d60 front axles for free...is there a cheaper option to have them built to fit the JK vs buying a new axle?

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Like the title says, I am shopping for a new front axle, and deciding between the pro rock 44 and the fusion 60/44....but the fusion got me to thinking, I have access to d60 front axles for free...is there a cheaper option to have them built to fit the JK vs buying a new axle?

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Carbon Offroad is going to be your best option. They make everything from Dana44, up to 1tons. 15yr warranty on shafts, 10yr on housing. They use Currie housings.

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Carbon Offroad is going to be your best option. They make everything from Dana44, up to 1tons. 15yr warranty on shafts, 10yr on housing. They use Currie housings.

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That doesn't really answer my question.

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That doesn't really answer my question.

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Artech makes a kit to adapt D60 to a JK. It will require you to cut off all the mounts and weld on the brackets.

There are specific axle combinations and years that will work for 1tons. If you like I can probably get the years. Most do 14bolt rear, and Ford 3/4ton axles up front.

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Short answer is no.
That it what I had assumed, but I'd figure I'd ask just to be sure. Doing the math, there's not a lot of overhead after gears/shafts/housing/locker with most of the pre built stuff, so it makes sense that volume is what makes the profit on those.

Maybe when it comes time, I can at least use the rear I can get for free...

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Fusion is awesome. Call Dan. He answers every time I call. Very knowledgeable and straight forward.
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You can't slap a 72" wide front axle in with a stock rear.
Sure you can. It will be very noticeable visually, but from a drive-ability standpoint, there's nothing wrong with it.

In a perfect world, from a vehicle dynamics standpoint, you want the front tract width to be a bit wider than the rear.

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Sure you can. It will be very noticeable visually, but from a drive-ability standpoint, there's nothing wrong with it.

In a perfect world, from a vehicle dynamics standpoint, you want the front tract width to be a bit wider than the rear.
My k5 Jimmy had a two inch narrower rear, and it sucked sometimes, but it was good for deep snow. The rear would catch traction in snow that the front didn't touch. On trails though it was impossible to get the rear to follow the same track as the front.

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That doesn't really answer my question.

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