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Re: do you think this will stay in one piece (project)
<font face="Comic Sans MS">Auto transmission is typically better for mud since it'll shift and you won't lose wheel speed. I don't care how fast you can shift a manual, the second you put that clutch in if you're in real mud, the wheels have stopped, so if you've not picked the right gear to start with you're going to be stuck if you have to try and shift... [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
For those tires I'd go big block. Purposely seek one out. [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] The torque really does help...
I'd go with 6" BDS I do believe. I've not used them but sure can't beat their warranty "if it breaks for any reason we'll replace it no questions asked" at least that's the one they used to have, i believe they still have it. [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
My suburban mud runner is going to eventually have fenders done like a flat fender jeep (no radiusing the wheel houses, just nice flat open spaces, allowing tons of room for movement up and down as well as a little lateral movement... [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I think it'd look pretty good, better than leaving only a little bit of metal around the wheel opening... [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Just my opinion though.
I like the 14 bolt FF, which is comparable to the Dana 70, but only goes down to 5.13 gearing I believe. [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Much less expensive than the D70 if I recall and lockers are dirt cheap, as well as it's said to be very easy to "lincoln lock" (weld) the diff if you so desire... Not to mention if you find one off a heavy 3/4 ton the spring perches should already be in place. You'll *need* to find a Dana 60 for the front as well, as I believe that vintage 3/4 ton would only have a 10 bolt or Dana 44. Clearly not enough to support safe use of 4x" tires on the street (brakes too small, etc).. [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I believe the 1 tons not only had a heavy duty front axle but also a beefier frame too... Not sure about the fronts from that vintage though I could be wrong.. [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]</font>