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Dana 44 alternative?
I'm planning a tube-buggy. Right now my drawing board is putting 260 ft-lbs into a 4.17 1st gear and a 2:1 t-case. I'm pretty set on these numbers. I might also be able to mod the engine to get another 20 or 30 lbs. With tires around 24" high I need an axle ratio in the 3.54 neighborhood, but I'm not locked into 24" tire height; I can always go higher and gear the axles lower. I also want Torsen axle diffs.
I know I can do all of this with a D44, but I also want tube-fab double A-arm suspension at all four corners like I see on side-bys and many of the desert racers.
I know I could chop on solid D44s but that seems a waste (paying for steel I'm going to chop off only to replace with more steel I had to pay $ for) and I wonder if there's an easier way. Besides that, I'm not exactly sure of the fabrication details to do that but I can learn if I have to.
I'm aware the D44 is available in IFS and IRS, but it has a bunch of other stuff with it to fit in specific makes of cars. Stripping them down to get what I want makes even less sense than chopping up a solid.
I'm not familiar with the lingo to know how to search. Any suggestions? Terminology? Sources? Tech resources?