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Re: Bought a D44 SA and now re thinking the challange.
I think you should always start with a complete axle even if its a junker, sure nothing is garaunteed to be salvagable etc. but my train of thought with any swap is you can bump up to a beefier drivetrain as much as you want, but if your swap is only downgrading because of a less functional part then your only hurting yourself, in other words, if you were putting a SAS in the front you might have wanted to look into putting different gears, new brakes etc. in there, all depends on how much the front axle didnt come with and how good of a "deal" you really got? On my front axle the only thing being used is the guts of the diff, the housing, rotors and shafts (spindles etc.), other then that its all going to be brand new from rebuilding to gears brakes etc. Just my .02, if you got a very good deal dont consider it a loss. My front axle (1979 SA D44 from a F150 complete hub to hub cost me 250 bucks w/out radius arms) was from a local junkyard because I had all intentions of going through the entire thing.