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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-13-2003, 01:12 PM
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Is TTB that bad?

Ok. I have a '96 XLT, 302 w/ 84,000 miles. The only time it really goes off-road is when I go fishing on the Outer Banks of NC which is about 2 or 3 times a year. All I keep reading is how bad the TTB is and the last thing I want to do is break down on the beach. Should I convert to solid axle or is there something I can do to make the TTB better.
One more question. Is there anyway to make a steering wheel from a 97+ F150 fit my '96 Bronco?
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For you I wouldn't even think of going to a solid axle. For most I wouldn't suggest it. The pros are contraversial as are the cons of the TTB. Most say the axles are weak but then switch to the solid version of the TTb (D44) which is just as weak. The only time I would swap is if I wanted the strength of a Dana 60. Anything less is time wasted.
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TTB stands for Totally Twisted and Broke, how can that be good?? Ok, just kidding.

For what you do sounds like TTB should be fine. The only time it might cause probs for you is tire wear on the highway.

There is not much to beef up the TTB, unless you pull the beams and box them yourself. You can run CTM u-joints but that's a total waste because you can't get aftermarket axles.

Breaking the TTB in the sand is not that likely, there's plenty of "give" on a surface like that.
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Re: Is TTB that bad?

You'll here people bitch about the TTB mostly in referring to rock crawlers and extreme wheeling. (Some of us do our best to get by though [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] ) The TTB is actually preferred on prerunners and desert racers over the strait axle because of its high speed handling characteristics. What you are doing sounds way less extreme than what some of us use our TTB's for and like others have said you should be fine.

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unless you pull the beams and box them yourself.

[/ QUOTE ] Do you know the best way of doing this? I've been considering trying to beef the beams up on mine. I've heard horror stories of them twisting in high traction, high torque situations. Thanx.
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I've heard horror stories of them twisting in high traction, high torque situations

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I think I'm going to call [img]images/graemlins/bs.gif[/img] on that... maybe if it was a Rockwell TTB but not with the wimpy D44 shafts/joints. if you can prove me wrong, I'd love to see pictures [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I'm not the biggest TTB fan out there, but in stock form it's pretty nice for a mainly street 4x4 if you get a lifetime alignment and keep your tires rotated.
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All I want to know is either who or how can I rearch the TTB for a good lift.
Also What the Hell can I do to make the TTB stop wering out the Tire side. Ive put Some all Terrans and the Whose Tire looks good except the inside anyone gots any Cluew Could it be becase the Tires Look like /---\ I guess mines are like that but you cannot even tell.................
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I am pretty happy with my Bronco and the TTB. I have 6" of lift and the only problems I have is keeping it alligned. That is why there are bad stories about them. They are tough to allign and when you wheel alot it bumps them out of allignment pretty easy. Then you start wearing your $200 tires. The strength is not an issue. Like these guys said unless you are doing serious rockcrawling the D44 TTB will suffice. They are just as strong as a straight axle D44.
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Yipper, skipper, the little diagram you show is negative camber, top of wheels angled in. tires will wear on the inside. Can be caused by a number of things. Old springs/worn springs that have lost ride height for example.
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TTB will be fine for you. It is a D44, just made to flex. The reason it is downed is that for heavy off road use, including big tires, locker, gears, etc. the TTB 44 has no HD upgrade parts, the solid D44 does. Both are 44's and have their limits, but a D44 with upgraded aftermarket HD axles (and no extra joint/solid housing) and even the HD D44 outers (8 lug) are stronger somewhat.

That's why if it didn't cost so much more the D60 is the real upgrade.

Messing with the whole conversion for your use makes no sense. You may not "articulate" but you have an axle with flex. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Old spings?????? I bought New Springs Three Weeks Ago....
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