Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Oak Ridge, TN
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Re: Longfields and gearing
I had the exact same set-up that you are running (RUF, CJs rear, 5.14s, stock 3.73s, 33" boggers). Not a bad set-up if I do say so myself. I was wanting the lower axle gears also, decided to go with the 5.13s. While gathering parts for the swap, I went on a ride and managed to break all four axles.
I've always been a Suzuki purist and have tried my hardest to keep my rig all Suzuki. After breaking over 10 axles while running birfield rings and Warn hubs w/ fuses, there is no other choice---time to go to Toyota. I guess it all depends on what type of terrain you run, but for me, I've held out for too long. I could've already done the swap for what I've spent rounding up Suzuki axles.
The Newfields/Longfields are good axles, I'm sure (they'd damn well better be for over $500) and they are guaranteed for life. BUT, how long is the turnaround if you break one? What if you break 4 or 5?? I know Brent is a great guy and all, but even he might get pissed if he has to send Joe Blow out a new axle every 2 weeks.
Your wanting to spend $529 (at best)for front axles + another $240 for the rear. Toy swap can be done for way cheaper than that. (Search for a thread I made called Toy swap on a budget) If you break an axle you gotta sit out riding until UPS brings you another--if I break one, I can pick up another at any junkyard. You start breaking Toy axles, you can always upgrade them. That's what I'd call "virtually indestructable" on a samurai.
Just trying to help,
p.s. look for a new build-up thread starting the end of this month (Toy axles, new suspension, longer wheelbase, and tubing) [img]images/graemlins/warning.gif[/img]