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post #1 of 37 Old 01-16-2012, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Any other front axle options for a JK?

I see there are a few D44 and 60 options but anyone building 9" housings or fabbed housing for use in the front of the JK?
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Currie has a 9" option for the JK.
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crossed up was making custom 9 housings for front and rear. i ran one with a strange center with 35 spline chromo shafts...tuff stuff
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thanks everyone! I guess I missed Curries, probably for good reason due to the price haha. Looking to get a housing for starters and build as I get the money. The rockwell is a bad ass setup but a little much for my application... lol
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Currie has the F9 housings. They're pretty bad ass I think. I'll probably go this route when I do my front.

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Already mentioned, Currie Enterprises Jeep JK F9 Fabricated 9" Frontend

Give me a heads up if you want to go that route and I'll get the magic pencil out on pricing

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Is there any discernable weight differences between a 9" and a Currie or Dynatrac D60?

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I just built a spider 9 with dynatrac dana 44 jk outer forgings. Allows you to bolt on the rest of the jk stuff and you will keep your electronics in tact. Look at hi9.com for high pinion 3rd members, the megahi9 is super strong. Cost about $1100 for the 3"x3/8" tubed housing, dynatrac jk 44 "c's", and the rest of the brackets I ordered from rusty's.

The sider 9 housing is quite a bit lighter then the dana 60 and the ground clearance is very close but the 60 just edges is out.
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so why go with the 9 over the d60?


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I prefer the 3rd member set up and the lighter weight.
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I just built a spider 9 with dynatrac dana 44 jk outer forgings. Allows you to bolt on the rest of the jk stuff and you will keep your electronics in tact. Look at hi9.com for high pinion 3rd members, the megahi9 is super strong. Cost about $1100 for the 3"x3/8" tubed housing, dynatrac jk 44 "c's", and the rest of the brackets I ordered from rusty's.

The sider 9 housing is quite a bit lighter then the dana 60 and the ground clearance is very close but the 60 just edges is out.
I could not find the Dynatrac "C" castings on Rustys?, this will probably be the way I go as well. Thanks for the info
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Call dynatrac for the C forging they are around $450 for the pair
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I just built a spider 9 with dynatrac dana 44 jk outer forgings. Allows you to bolt on the rest of the jk stuff and you will keep your electronics in tact. Look at hi9.com for high pinion 3rd members, the megahi9 is super strong. Cost about $1100 for the 3"x3/8" tubed housing, dynatrac jk 44 "c's", and the rest of the brackets I ordered from rusty's.

The sider 9 housing is quite a bit lighter then the dana 60 and the ground clearance is very close but the 60 just edges is out.
You did something that cool and didnt start a thread on it?
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I had a write up on that other forum and was banned shortly after doing it.
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I had a write up on that other forum and was banned shortly after doing it.
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Could have cut and pasted...That is what I did with my roll cage write up.


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I think all my started threads were scrubbed, I have not been able to find the axle or the snorkel threads I started.
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Tom, you've peaked my interest in the spider 9 axle! Are you planning on doing a write-up on it here?

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I will see if I can put something together, it really isn't that hard to build one.
It would be around $1000 cheaper then doing a full blown pr44 and gives you a larger ring and pinion and you can dial in the caster for your rig. Deciding on what 3rd member you are going with would be a good starting point. That can be the most expensive part of the axle depending on the set up. If you need extra width for bigger tires or using stock wheels you can widen to whatever you want too since you will be getting new axle shafts.

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I like your spider9 and 44 combo. Seems like a good compromise on cost and performance.

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Ruff Stuff also makes a great housing as well, Our KOH buggy runs one in the front with a Hi9 and its a great combo. If you're hard on your rig stay away from a Hi9 in the rear.


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Ruff stuff housing are pretty much the best out there, that is what I am running in the rear of my JK low pinion with WAR case, with 6.0 gears
My front 9" is all custom built 1/4" thick center, 3" tubes 1/2" thick with old school 44 Cs so they will never bend, and I get locking hubs, and I'm still 5 on 5 bolt pattern all the way around

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