Re: Using Dana 30 outers on Dana 44
If you buy a pre made unit, the option is there to use your old D30 outers and save 1000.00 bucks. Most of the guys who are upgrading to the D44 already have the D30 outers and aren't going to enter in any rock crawling championships any time soon. Even if you are, the D30 outer are very strong and I personally have tested mine through the Rubicon and others.
If you want a pre made D44 with all D44 parts and brakes, the price goes up to 2500.00 through Currie.
Some folks aren't comfortable with cutting their own axle tubes and would rather pay the 1500.00 than have to worry about whether or not they used the right rod or whether or not they got enough penetration etc, etc.
It is definitely a convenience issue and in some cases a safety issue.
Some of you guys know what brakes etc. will fit the junkyard D44 but most of us don't.
If you have the money, get a Currie unit. If you are a glutton for punishment and want to say that you built your jeep from the ground up, build your own axle housings.
Personally, I don't have the time to cut and weld my own housings, send out the axles to get splined, dig through the junk yard for brakes that you hope will fit, and then put it all together and pray that the camber angles, weld penetration, pinion angles, welding rod type, and anything else that I can't think of right now, is the correct type or correctly done.
No offense but sizing your own axle housings and putting it all together is not as easy of a job as some folks make it sound.