Most of my response was because the OP, in another thread, posted that he broke his housing, IIRC.
Originally Posted by WatchThis!
If someone is wanting to replace a busted housing or make one stronger on the cheap they can get a used housing and spend 30 minutes with a welded before they install their old parts.
Yes, absolutely, I agree with this 100%. That would be another option. A Dana 30 housing with a truss and C gussets. I would suggest it takes linger than 30 minutes, however, to weld on a truss.
Originally Posted by derf
Sure, the housing is stronger but the Terra 30 has one critical weakness. The Dana 30 ring gear and pinion is dramatically weaker than the Dana 44. For just a few extra bucks, you can get the same upgrades in strength but with a Dana 44 ring and pinion, not to mention the 35 spline axle shafts that are much stronger than the 27 spline (or 30 spline if you can find them) that go in a Dana 30.
A Terra Dana 30 is stronger than a factory D44 for sure. But when you can get a Dana 44 for not a lot more, there's just no reason to waste money on a D30 of any kind.
As I stated above, I believe the OP has a busted housing. I was merely suggesting an option that would give him a stronger housing while reusing all of his existing components. Yes, the smaller ring and pinion is a detriment, but could be replaced with stronger gears (maybe even cryo treated as well) and he could replace his shafts with RCVs, etc., etc.
Lots of options, including a Mopar D44, ProRock 44, Rock Jock, Mopar 60, etc. All are good, some just a lot more expensive than others.
I disagree with you that the Tera 30 is a waste of money. I have a friend that has been wheeling his Tera 30 for years and wheels it hard. Of course, he has since upgraded to RCVs.
It gives the OP an option.