I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Best to upgrade CJ gears for $1K. Please help!
Brad has a good idea there, one definitely worth looking into.
I also agree the D30 has gotten a bad rap (or is it wrap, pun intended). I have a friend that had broken about everything you can on a D30, and he keeps upgrading it. The last time he went out he actually broke the cross shaft in the Lockright, I guess that was the weak point. He is now running Ward HD shafts, hubs, cryo'd gears, and he had beefed the housing. He is running Q78 Swampers, and beats on it so hard he actually snapped both rear spring packs off just behind the rear axle one trip up the local mountain. The body he made himself out of 1/8" steel, and it weighs 4,500 lbs. He is running a FI 258 that's been hopped up a lot (he's a mechanic), so there is no lack of power.
I'm not saying I like the D30, because I swapped it out on the Scrambler for a D44, I'm just relating what can be done with one to get it to hold and not break.