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Re: Need new U-joints for my D44, Which ones??
Yeah right, Currie is blowing smoke up your a$$, because its not a product that they carry or manufacture.
Now lets look at the well tested facts.
First, of all OX doesnt have a high strength joint, (although they have talking about it and advertising it for almost a year).
Second, when you bust a weak U joint, it doesnt just break the U joint, it usually takes out the inner and outer yokes, and very often it takes out the Ball joint. On the average, my old 297X breakages used to cost about $100 in shafts and joints, not to mention the time to change the assembly on the trail, and then to rebuild a spare at camp or home. I would often break up to 6 joints in a 3 or 4 day trip to the Hammers, thats 3 to 4 hundo in parts(or more). Everytime the joint breaks, the yoke ears on the shaft also get weaker.
Third, The D44 is so much stronger of an axle assembly(if used with a high strength locker such as a Detroit or ARB) than the stock joints, that it can, and has withstood even high strength axle assembly failures.
Fourth, The warn high strength locking hubs become the next weak link, they easily shatter before, the diff, or drivelines, (provided that the drivelines are high quality shafts and joints) The warn hubs are also, warrantied over the counter, so replacements are free.
Fifth, The CTM joints and Warn axle shaft combo has been tested by dozens of rigs in competitions across the country, including myself, Mike Shaffer, Lance Clifford,Jason Bunch, and on and on,...so they do work, and the diffs do not fail. In fact without the CTM/Warn Combo, competing with a D44 would be nearly impossible.
Just goes to show, you cant believe everything a salesman you have never met tells you over the phone,...but you already knew that didnt you????
back to your question, the 760 X joints are proving to be considerably stronger than the 297 x. It is a good idea to tack weld them into the yokes however to keep them from twisting out of the ears.
Any competent NAPA parts man can order them for you.