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Best axle for SAS????

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Suspension' started by LBFD2005, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Feb 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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    LBFD2005

    LBFD2005 [OP] Its tha Southern Way

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    Ive found a Dana 30 setup with arb locker and 4.88's that would match my current gearing for only 900. Its currently on a jeep so im thinking that would cause problems width wise but wondering whats the best axle to go with in the front.
     
  2. Feb 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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    D44 for up to ~37's safely

    D60 for everything else.

    There are other options too that Im not well versed in so do some research. And by some I mean A LOT!;)
     
  3. Feb 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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    OH and you'd snap that D30 like a twig on any serious trail, that's why the rubicons come with a D44 up front, even Jeep knows the D30 sucks.
     
  4. Feb 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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    I wouldn't bother with a Dana 30. If you are going to dump a ton of money into a SAS, get a stronger axle than that.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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    I only say that because let's be honest, who's going to swap a tacoma to run freaking 33's :laugh:
     
  6. Feb 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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  7. Feb 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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    so definately not Dana 30 lol.

    Looking to maybe running a 40" tire, truck will see a lil offroading but nothing very aggressive, ive had 37's on my ifs and played around a lil but now its time for some big boy sh*t and doing my homework.

    So looking like ill try and find a Dana 44 for the front, getting coils from polyperformance, hydrolic steering, and fab rest as we go.

    Just SAS'd a 00' durango about 2 weeks ago and that thing turned out beautifully.
     
  8. Feb 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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    yea that a whole lot of money lol. on the durango with getting axles from junk yard, nickel and diming here an there all in all we had a total of 6k in it by the time was said and done.

    reason asked about the 30 was saw one for sale around here for 900. by the time got the rest of all parts figured i couldve been about the 6k range
     
  9. Feb 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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    Um. D60 or dont bother. Check my sig for a link to my build. Skip the first shitload of pages and get to the SAS stuff.

    Kingpin>Ball joints

    I am at $2500 building the front axle alone. High pinon kingpin, 4.56 gears, spartan locker, all new bearings seals, shaved housing, 35 spline chromo inners and outers, 35 spline warn hubs. And I got some swingin deals.

    And screw the arb up front...thats why you have hubs. Unlock for street driving.

    If you're gonna wheel it actually, do it right the first time. 40's wont last on anything but 35 spline D60 :2cents:
     
  10. Feb 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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    yea me and my buddy whos done fabbing on buggy's and other crawlers is helping me do it when i get all the parts.

    Cost is just helping wire his shed and help out with some ranching
     
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    thanks for the heads up. Ill check out the link also.
     
  12. Feb 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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    any pics of the Durango?

    x2 on both counts. Good info here.
     
  13. Feb 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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    ill have to find them but ill get em
     
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    lol d30...
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    OP, if you want to run 40" tires, even a d44 is a no go. Don't use anything smaller than a 1 ton axle. D60 for the front, more options for the rear like d60, d70, d80, and 14 bolt.

    What's your budget for this build look like? Good advice in this thread...
     
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    Really? His truck is awesome, so awesome I never noticed it was running roller skate tires :laugh:
     
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    haha yeah.... :eek:
     
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    The rubi 44 is still pretty much a Dana 30, only difference is the center section. Did hear they made some upgrades to it though.

    As far as best axle I say a custom 9.5 with 80 outer's or just a fabed 80 housing and stock guts, but thats if you have crazy money. If not then a Dana 60 will do just fine. Rear could has a lot of good choices 14 bolt, Dana 60, Dana 70, and sterling 10.25.

    Also Adams truck does very well on 33's, it has impressed me multiple times, don't always need 40's.
     
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    Hmm, didn't know that about the rubicon. Also Im sure his truck does awesome, definitely one of the cleanest 1st gen swaps out there.
     
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