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Re: Do y\'all like Dana 44\'s?
My D44 has always been reliable in the past. But since I installed the 5.0 Cobra mill, the Jeep has been on a steady diet of 297 U joints. I have elongated all 4(2 inners and 2 outers) of my high strength shafts at the yokes due to exploding joints. I have also destroyed both of my spares. I just picked up 2 complete assemblies today, and am getting ready to assemble them with new joints. The only joints that can even stand a chance of surving, if you get rough on them, are the Spicer non greasables.
I would sell the D44 and go to a D60 if your real aggressive with either your driving style, or trail preferences.
I am only running 36" SX tires. In fact I have held off on installing 38" untill I can get more durability from my front axle. Its a pain in the ass having buddies constantly wait, while Im swapping out axle shaft assemblies, I am getting the routine down to Pit Crew efficiency though.
Wow, you can get a nice tan on your arms, from welding with no shirt on.