I've been thinking alittle about 3/4 ton axles out of a ford truck. If I'm gonna long arm at the same time as the axle swap, should I just go all the way and do it once? I know the diffs are alot bigger and I'm afraid they will drag me down with 33's. I would like to have lock out hubs too, so maybe a 44 out of a 80's wagoneer. They all have there pro's and cons.
Depends what I wanted to do... Some narrowed HP D60s would be a good choice...
Other things I'd consider:
-Volvo C303 portals
-Truehi9s in a spidertrax housing
The portal-teks are actually the best choice there for a lot of things... However, for hardcore rock-crawling the 60s or 9"s are the better choice.
Anyways, if a guy wants to run smaller tires with full-width axles, I think a HP D44 front and a 9" rear is a decent combination. I'm not big on full-widths. So, I'd probably go narrowed HP D44 and a Isuzu 12B rear, or maybe something less exotic like a waggy D44 rear.
Where I have no plans going bigger than a 35" tire anytime soon I am rather happy with the D30 and C8.25
Everyone keeps saying an 8.8 and IMHO it is a HIGHLY overrated axle, I don't know how many broken ring gears and axles I have seen personally in these things on tires that were just 33" and 35". I put an 8.8 in my old YJ on 32" M/T's and first time I took it out snapped a shaft, couple months later busted a Ring gear then anoughter ring gear later before I went with a 44. There is an XJ here that wheels hard with a c8.25 and a front 44 on 37" tires lock F/R that has never even broke the stock 29 spline shafts
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