there is no doubt that I agree with you guys about the built 60 I have 2 trucks w/ 60s. But for straight line mud boggin the 44 has a couple things going for it:
the 44 is alot lighter and has what 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 more inces in ground clearence
now you guys tell me how many times you have broken a 44
when you werent turning or bouncing. You cant run big blockes and high horsepower and never break anything
but for me the 44 is plenty strong. by the way I havent
gotten a chance to see any rock wheeling all my wheeling
is in the mud
Probably more like an inch to an inch and a half ground clearance different. You can shave them both. The 14FF is the world's biggest ground clearance elminator.
The 10 bolt appears to be about 200lbs lighter than a Dana 60.
40" rubber taxes the front end. There is just too much torque being put through them. It's usually when the wheels are turned that they break because of instantaneous torque increases (which coincide with velocity changes) due to the universal joints.
In the case of mud drags I can picture a Dana 44 surviving 40" rubber if the shafts are aftermarket or stock ones that are polished with Spicer joints and a spool.
I wouldn't run tires bigger than 38" on stock shafts. If you want to polish them and paint them they'll survive better. I believe 35" is pushing it if you run stock rusty shafts and like the stupid pedal. I run 33" rubber and I worry about breaking shafts.