D44 center axel disconnect
I was thinking about my waggie D44 and was considering my options. This is the D44 version with the vacume center axel disconect and no manual hubs.
I could put manual hubs on and weld the center axel disconect closed inside the axel tube. I believe that someone has done this, but I have to question its durability. The heat from the weld has to have some effect on the axel shaft. Also you would have a trail breakdown(although could be trail fixed) if the weld broke and slide open.
The second option would be to again put on manual hubs, but I would purchace new non vacume disconnect side axle shaft. I was thinking that maybe the axel shaft from a salvage yard waggie with no vacume disconnect. Or I could get a new one from Mossier, Warn, etc. This is the most expencsive option.
The third is interesting to me. I was thinking of keeping the center axel disconect, and modifing one of the Rock Lock for the D30 to use on this axel. Don't know if this can be done, haven't heard of anyone doing it. I know, I'm lazy, but I don't like getting out in the middle of the winter in the middle of a beaver pond to lock my hubs. I will do it if I had to, but not because I want to. Summer is a different story. I find that it is so dry here in summer that winter is when I get to do some mudding.
I do have an ARB to go in the front. Any thoughts. Any thing that I forgot? Any thing that I didn't get right? Thanks for the help.
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