Re: Attn: Blackjack
I've seriously looked into the 12 bolt but it is much weaker than the 60 and by the time you pay for the full float kit, it's more expensive than a 60 anyway. There are other problems with the 12 bolt too. They have a crush sleeve from what I understand which I don't prefer over the Dana setup. Also, I've heard (again, most of my info. is second hand) the bearing caps are only 7/16" and in the 44 they are 1/2". The other thing is that the Warn kit requires you to do some light machining to the drums in order to fit everything and while that isn't a big expense, it's an extra hassle as compared to just buying a 60 already redrilled for 6 lugs. I am kinda leaning now towards just running Dana 44s f/r with Warn shafts. I may have to have a custom rear though to match the width of the front and keep running 35s. I am going to narrow the front housing by 2.5" to 66.5" from wheel mounting flange to wheel mounting flange. I want to go fairly wide for increased articulation as well as keeping the body off the rocks.
Hope that explains everything. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Also, thanks for the input on the gears. I'll probably just run 5.38s with the 35s or would you recommend the 5.13s? Thanks again,