Re: Currie 9\" Front end
9" vs D44:
What outers are you going to run? The outers are pretty much equivalent on the D44 and the Currie 9. Inner shafts? Maybe a little in favor of the 9, lots if you go 35 spline. Ring gear? 9"
Put alloy shafts and CTM's in a D44 and it will be a stout setup. Again I say, what are you going to use it for and what size eng/tran/tc/gears/tires do you plan on running?
If you went D44 would you go new, custom width or use a stock uncut axle from a donor?
High Pinion Currie 9's do use the 8.8 R&P.
Both times I grenaded my front end, I was NOT heavy on the go pedal. The first time the front was loaded and turned, so I give that one some due, but the R&P was unloaded up hill, in low range assisted by a winch pull.
You run 38s or bigger with any kind of V8, you better have alloys and CTMs or start thinking a D60. This is all assuming you play in the rocks. If muds your game... have at it.
The Ford 9 is a good axle, I am not, at this point, thinking about dumping it.
But its not the end all. It can be for a lot of folks, but its not for everyone.
As for buying a new ford nine from currie and not putting a locker in it, I personally would wait the extra month or two that it took to scrape up the $$ and do it when you order. It is small $$ percentage wise when you look at the whole purchase.
Actually I should note that I've busted the front 3 times now in 3 outings. The last time was last weekend at the ERoCC comp. The alloys and CTMs held up, a hub let go. That is what I'd prefer to see happen. This was down hill in front drive only (blew the rear driveshaft and was trying to complete the obstacle) low range and grenaded the hub.
It is just a lot of cake for a new Currie axle. Most will be satisfied with them.