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post #11 of (permalink) Old 03-29-2000, 03:49 PM
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Re: can\'t decide which axle and gears

<font color=purple>I don't believe the 8.8 has the same low-pinion problem that the 9" is famous for - but it does have c-clip axles. 30 does indeed give better clearance than the 44, but is a very marginal rearend for anything other than driving on pavement. If things get serious enough that you're worrying about clearance, I'd want the extra beef of a 44 - even with a small engine. Stepping up to the much larger & heavier 60 is where I'd say you reached the point of "overkill".</font color=purple>


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Re: can\'t decide which axle and gears

This is getting confusing,it seems like your talking about the D30 in a rear axle set up. The D35 is used in the rear and almost any axle swap is an improvement over the D35. The D30 up front is an adequate axle and with some high strength upgrades can be built nearly as strong as a D44(but its expensive and really not cost effective). The Ford 8.8 for the rear is a C clip axle,but with the Disc brake versions the disc brake backing plate holds the axle in place with 4 3/8" bolts if the c clip should let go. The D44 would have to be the best swap for the front,unless you want to go to a custom built,but you will still most likely need to do spring perch modifications no matter what axle you want to.

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Re: can\'t decide which axle and gears

[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Pete....if you don't quit with the math, you'll wreck the economy. If everybody did the numbers before they did anything, nobody would trade cars for a little piece of crap gas-saver when gas goes up ten cents per gallon, and they wouldn't pay too much money for a house so they could live ten miles closer to work. ANYWAY.....back to the question of axles. NOBODY has mentioned "unsprung" weight[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I thought I had better mention that, since it seems like this Jeep does see pavement from time to time.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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