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Old 02-07-2012, 12:14 PM   #171
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I wouldn't run a 44a on the trail without a truss under the housing, in my other Jeep I have scraped the aluminum shavings off a rock that my housing left behind and wondered why on earth Jeep ever thought it was a good idea to use this axle.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:08 PM   #172
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I wouldn't run a 44a on the trail without a truss under the housing, in my other Jeep I have scraped the aluminum shavings off a rock that my housing left behind and wondered why on earth Jeep ever thought it was a good idea to use this axle.
blah blah blah.... ever wonder why they decided to go with unibody construction?
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:04 PM   #173
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Good to know, thanks.

ve2whz, how did you cut these, by hand? If you had a CAD program, are you willing to share so we can have someone local cut them for us?
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:25 PM   #174
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Compared the Artec waggy truss against my WJ 44a. Over all width of the top plate fits just inside the inside edges of the spring perches. It appeared it would clear the odd shape of the housing top for the ball joint. Being the Artec was designed for the offset wagy housing, either the long-side inner plate would need to be trimmed ti fit in, or maybe Artec could be convinced to supply two of the short-side iner plates? I took a couple picturesI'm gonna send to them to see if they would be interested in more of a formal fit. There is still the ball joit mounted in the way ofmy guestimate. I don' see this truss as doable on a ZJ. I didn't have one handy to check against, but I believe the spring perches would be too tight together.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:29 AM   #175
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^if you're gonna run 32s, the 4hd will handle those just fine without a truss, unless you drive stupid. the stock upper unibody mounts become equally vulnerable to damage when you start to push the axle to its limits...
Driving stupid is much more fun and exciting than keep-n it low key

Stock upper unibody mounts, if your were referring to the upper control arm mounts, no longer being used due to installation of the long arm suspension.

The truss will be extra insurance for durability and since I can fab my own stuff, the expense is low, peace of mind much worth it. We do have plenty of rocks around here to slide a pumpkin on.........
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:38 PM   #176
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Driving stupid is much more fun and exciting than keep-n it low key

Stock upper unibody mounts, if your were referring to the upper control arm mounts, no longer being used due to installation of the long arm suspension.

The truss will be extra insurance for durability and since I can fab my own stuff, the expense is low, peace of mind much worth it. We do have plenty of rocks around here to slide a pumpkin on.........
Instead of just talking about it, built it and post pictures. As for driving stupid, Darwinism will take care of that in the end.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:40 AM   #177
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Instead of just talking about it, built it and post pictures. As for driving stupid, Darwinism will take care of that in the end.
Yea, if you mean build it, then your right talk is cheap isn't it and stupidity is sometimes entertaining.........
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:58 PM   #178
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You can get a 44hd truss from tnt customs for about 170. They have versions specific to different Jeep models, and they come with/can come with mounting brackets and/or coil buckets. Mind you, this is just info from planning/dreaming about my 44hd.
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Old 10-06-2019, 06:41 AM   #179
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Have you had to replace the pinion seal on that Dana 44a? I picked up one from the jy to swap out on my gc. The pinion seal is leaking on it so I bought one but it looks like there may be another piece I need as well. Looks like the pinion yoke has a rubber type seal on it in addition to the outer one that goes into the pinion opening on the housing.

Can anyone confirm if the dana 44a pinion seal is a two piece deal?
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:53 PM   #180
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nope only a 1 piece seal

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