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my plan was oem ford length chromo shafts. i have a 35 spline arb, and would have widened the axle tubes to match the ford axleshafts for this reason.By going a d44/d60 hybrid you are going to have to run custom shafts possibly. Which can be costly if you need a spare. But it would still be cool to see if it works out.
Yes there are a very few of us running it, but if its design is all based off the original D44 and uses all the same bearings, seals, rotors, and outer axle shaft the only really thing that is custom is the spindle and hub. Warn makes the 30 spline locking hub. I have all the part numbers if you want them. On the rotors you have to bore them out a little but is very easy to do. Must people that don't like it is because they dont want to get thier hands dirty to maintain them once a year. Its A Jeep! You still have to lube all the steering , control arms. Change the fluids. Also the bearing failures all have to do with installing them wrong. Not enough preload or too much. They dont line up the spindle washer with the pin that is on the spindle nut. Its all on how you use your jeep and do you want the maintain it. Me I will taje more maintance for better gass mileage. Less wear on tear on my front end. Better handling. Reliability is there if installed correctly. And if you break an outer shaft you can still run your rig without worring about the hub assembly coming apart. If it was a bad design I am sure solid industries wouldn't make it. The only thing I have left on my d44 is the buy reid knuckels. It has all the goods and is no question stronger than a stock d60. Even got the better bolt patteren go from 5on5 to 5on5.5Do you have stock cross-reference PN's for most of the parts? Glad you're happy - some are, some are mixed & some are heck no. For a small sample size of less than a dozen folks on this board, that's pretty mixed overall, dontcha think?
The only way you benifit going to a 35 spkine front is if you did d60 outer knuckels and inner c's. Other wise you will only be able to run 30 spline/19spline outer and wouldn't getting any more strength out of it.my plan was oem ford length chromo shafts. i have a 35 spline arb, and would have widened the axle tubes to match the ford axleshafts for this reason.
The only way you benifit going to a 35 spkine front is if you did d60 outer knuckels and inner c's. Other wise you will only be able to run 30 spline/19spline outer and wouldn't getting any more strength out of it.
i agreeTo me it wouldn't be worth it because I would gain zero strength for all the money I put in it, just lockout hubs. Before I decided on Reid's, rcv's, and arb I was going to do a 44/60 hybrid with 99-04 ford 60 tubes. That would have gave me hubs and strength, but the cost/effort didn't add up to me.