Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Southeastern Indiana
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Mostly because I cannot find a front 60 around here for the money I want to spend but secondly because I think they are way overated for the cost and type of wheeling I do. The 44 front hp will be plenty for me and that 9" rear is arguably as strong as the 60 depending on who is arguing . I have a rear 60 sitting in the shop. After sitting it next to the 9" the biggest diffrence I see is size. If I can get the strength in a smaller lighter more compact package I think I should take it. Repair parts are much cheaper on the 9".
As for the front 44 It is mine so I am going to put it in. I was looking at the clayton brackets but at 450.00 they better be some fine brackets... I will be using their hard arm kit as a basis for my build,,, so to have their brackets would be good....
I was thinking about a set from rough stuff theirs are made of 3/8 material. That is plenty thick. They are much cheaper than rubicon or any of the others.
This will likely all go in at the same time, lift, front, rear, new or adjusted driveshafts, sye, and high steer, no sense in converting over if I cannot highsteer.
The gearing I am thinking about is in the 5.89 range. that is as low as I can go with the 44. With the 4 cyl that should make for some nice crawl.
Ya only go around once, best to enjoy it the first trip.