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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-09-2001, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dana 44 8 lug

Well, how strong is it? Will it handle 38's? I am looking at buying a 1997 1 ton crew cab short bed and want to do a solid axle conversion. I can do the conversion right away if I use the d44 sitting in my garage taking up space or I would have to wait till I can find another D60 to put in there. Plus, I wouldn't have to buy the 60 if the 44 will work so that saves alot of $ right there. Prob. put something like an ARB in the front. Just looking for opinions. It took me 14 months to find a D60 for my Willys and I don't want to wait that long.

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I do know that if a d44 is bolted in say an 84 chevy and you decided to upgrade to a d60 that its pretty much a easy bolt in (except for steering possibly). I would assume you could bolt in a d60 later on down the road if you wanted to. I run 38's on a 10 bolt (same strength) and havent had any problems that werent caused by age and wear. I would do the d44...

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I agree. Use the D44 now and take your time to find the D60 if you really thing oyu need it. Do you plan on using the crew cab off road? They aren't very manueverable.

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Thats what I planned on. Use the D44 since I have it already and if I come accross a deal on a 60 I will throw it in there. Oh yeah, everything of mine goes off road. Even the loaner Cavalier that I got when my tranny was getting replaced drove through it's share of mud pits[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Anyay, it will be on the beach alot showing off and stuff. It's mainly my daily driver for my new job since I have to drive about 60 miles each day now.

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Use the D44 for now - just don't go buying expensive stuff for it. See what you can do steering-wise so that you can avoid having to buy high-steer components for the D44.

Start looking for another D60 now, and should have one by time the D44 packs it in


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