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Decision Time: axles
Ok gang, I've posted on this topic before, but after doing much research and speaking with a couple of guru's I'm looking to seal the deal on a decision. On my 98 Durango I have a front half ton SA Ford D44, and a rear Ford 9" (I never expected to go over 38.5's). The way things are looking I'll be going to 46" slickey mickeys, or 49" IROKS. Below I have listed some ideas and partial questions for my plans. Any insight is appreciated. This truck is not wheeled often and only locally which is sand/mud/trail riding. NO ROCKS!!
A. Through researching, I've found the biggest differences between a half ton and a one ton (strength factor), is the fact that one tons have thicker housings, and there a stronger kingpin design. I was thinking of going to F250 Flat top knuckles, a spicer balljoint, and trussing the hell outta this D44, along with trussing the rear Ford 9". Aside from it only being a 5 lug setup, shouldnt this be enough to get the job done or will I have to dodge speed bumps in fear of breaking something? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Also, is there a manufacturer that sells a truss kit or will I need to build one?
B. I was thinking of Utilizing the rear Ford 9 and upgrading to a one-ton front end. This leaves with the dilemma of a 8 lug front, and a 5 lug rear. So, is there anything on the market or trick to converting a front one ton to 5 lug, or a rear Ford 9" to 8 lug?
Keep in mind this wont be to hard of a wheeler, I'm going to get another suzuki samurai as a DD and my beater. So the durango will be a every once in a while wheeler and nothing more than the extremity of Sand dunes and mud pits and some trail riding. I figured since some one tons are 31 spline and the roughest time on axleshafts are at full turn with a locker (I have a tru-trac front) on rocks (or somewhere with hard traction), that with trussing and spicer balljoints it would take the stress of 46's-49's.