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Old 02-18-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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which 3/4-1 tons would you use

I have a 98 sport and Im looking into full size axles.What ones would you use as a trail/daily driver.No real hardcore crawling.4.0 and maybe a 5.9 later.

35" tires.
are there full size axles that dont require the getting out to lock hubs?
whats best,Chevy,ford,Dodge?
whats the widths from rotor face to rotorface?
Dana44s or Dana 60s? 10 bolt rear?

I see alot of cheap axle sets and I build slow and weld brackets,what driveshaft adaptors are needed to adapt to a jeep

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Old 02-18-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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dana 60s if you are looking for something you never ever wna do an upgrade over on. dana 44 front and ford 8.8 rear or dana 44 rear would be a solid choice.

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I've been considering the same. Already have the 5.2 conversion and I know the axles are now my weak link. Been thinking about half ton Dodge Ram axles ,D44 and 9.25. The down side is they still have unit bearings and I would rather have lockouts ( cheaper serviceable bearings ,the ability to unlock a broken axle and drive and better gas milage). I will be watching this thread.
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Don't bother with Chevy axles unless it's a 14bolt... or you plan on running an Atlas or D300 tcase and flipping it over to passenger side drop.

Like stated, D44's would be good choice for 35" tires. The D60 is a little larger and wouldn't gain you anything other than being that much stronger at the loss of clearance. If you aren't planning on anything larger than 35" tires... D44 front and D44/8.8/D60 rear is what you'd want.

As far as widths go, they are all going to be much wider than stock TJ axles. How wide depends on the year, and GVW rating. 3/4-ton Fords are somewhere around 64-65" I believe, and 1-ton's are around 69". If you want to keep width to a minimum, some custom built Currie axles would be your best bet... plus they'd be bolt in upgrades. You have to consider though, if you just want to buy them all at one time, or buy used axles and upgrade them as you go.

IMO - If I knew I'd stick with 35's (I wont lol) I'd buy some RocJoc axles and be set.
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