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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-25-2001, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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SFA Axle recommendations

Which axle would be the best to fit under an SFA swap on an S10. The drivetrain I'm planning is a SB350/NV4500/NP205 Combo. I'm debating whether a Dana 44 or F*rd 9in(both reverse rotation) is better.

The planned tire size is 31's or 33's.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-27-2001, 12:39 AM
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Re: SFA Axle recommendations

go with the dana, its not a 4 letter word starting with f and the dana will let you have more of a market for lockers!!


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Re: SFA Axle recommendations

anyone ever think of the mid sized jeep trucks, the commandos? they had a frame, looks alot like the s-10s, solid front axils and coil front springs? i think they were only the dana 30s tho. just an idea i was thinking of...


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post #4 of (permalink) Old 04-28-2001, 06:39 AM
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Re: SFA Axle recommendations

Unfortunately, The XJ Jeeps(Cherokee,Commanche, and Wagoneer(89up) used a Dana 30 front axle with coil springs and a center axle disconnect with a vacuum control(sound familiar?)Unless you find one with full-time 4WD(mostly 4 cyls).
That may sound good, but just ask any Wrangler owner who off-roads how beefy the Dana 30 is, even with a stock 4.0L! And as far as the front 9" reverse rotation goes, have you checked the price for one? NO F*rd product is worth that! Might as well have a couple of Dana 60's made! Just my $.02, but why not use the 66-77 Bronco D44 and 9" rear? They're the closest thing to a bolt-in SFA swap that the S10 has. They can be built easily to handle up to 44's, and will take lots of horsepower before they break. Also the Ford bolt pattern wheels are everywhere!

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 04-28-2001, 06:40 PM
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Re: SFA Axle recommendations

I'd suggest a Dana 30 out of a 95+ wrangler(for the front) because it is reverse rotation and strong enought to handle 35" tires. For the reared I would suggest a ford 8.8" rear axle preferably 95+ because it has disc brakes.

With this combo you have the same bolt pattern for rims and the rearend it about 3/4" skinnier than the front wich is way it should be.

another route you could do is take measurements for 9"rears out of late model ford cars, a few are almost the exact width of your current rearend.

for more info on sfa for s10's check out www.s10-4x4.com

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 04-30-2001, 12:50 AM
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Re: SFA Axle recommendations

We just went through this a few weeks ago.. Ill just snip what I said:

I have researched the heck out of this and trying to find the right front axle and I found that the old Wagoneers and GW have a Dana-44 front the perfect width if you get the NON wide track.. I was told they are easy to distinguish by looking at the body.. If it has any kind of flair over the wheel well then it is a widetrack.. Few things to look for tho, later models have vacuum disco and they are all 6 lug.. Either an adapter or redrill the shafts.. Both cost around $130.. Goto the jeep Full-size board and find a post from me a few months back.. I list all the model numbers for all the axles there..


That was going to be my next Q.. Is there a cable operated swap for them like http://www.4x4posi-lok.com/for the vac models?? Or is the hub locking type stronger.. Here is what I have found so far:

80 Jeep Wag and Grand Wag/Cherokee 610090-X(1,2,3,7)
81-85 Wag and Grand Wag/Cherokee 610140-X(1,2,3,4,7,9,10,11)
82-84 Wag and Grand Wag/Cherokee Dissconect standard track 610157-X(2,5)
85 GRand Wag 610227-X(1,2) 1=2.72 2=3.31
87-88 Grand Wag 610283-X(1,2,3,4)1=2.72 2=3.31 3=2.72 4=3.31
88.5-92 GRand Wag 610325-X(1,2,3,4)1=2.72 2=3.31 3=2.72 4=3.31

I found three brand NEW 610325-1 and 2 for $300 each plus $100 shipping.. Any of these years or models I should stay away from? Any stronger or more desirable? Gearing will be redone as well as an ARB so carrier does not matter.. Next would be steering.. Would the stock setup suffice or is there aftermarket setups??Just trying to find the right one the first time..

Oh BTW they all are 6 lug correct??

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