||01-06-2008 02:16 AM
BIG front axle question
is the d30 in the front of a 99 tj a full floater???? i need to know this because my buddy snaped one of his half shafts today and when we went to get a new one we decided to ditch the d30 and go to a d44. we dont want to put any more money into the d30 but the d44 is goint to be almost 2 weeks to have shiped here. back to my question... can i pull both half shafts and remove the drive shaft and just drive it in 2wd? im keeping the d30 and i dont want to hurt the diff since its a ARB and almost new. i know the fluid can come out of the housing with the axle out thats why i will remove the driveshaft, no movement of the diff. i know the d30 has a hub that bolts onto the end of the half shaft that has its own bearing and "shouldnt" have any weight supported by the half shaft. i have done this before with d44s and d60s but never with a d30 and never for 2 weeks, normaly just to get out of a trail. my buddy has to drive his rig to work, 50 miles round trip, until i get the new axle in. i plan on just plugging the end of the axle to keep out dirt and water and keep most of the oil in. what do you guys say?