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Old May 8th, 2004, 10:59 AM
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Dana44ARB with 35spline

There is a good article in Petersens 4wheel&offroad about the new 35 spline Dana 44 ARB. Sounds like a nice alternative to the ford9 or d60 axle conversions. It uses a 44 case, 60 knuckles ,end forgings,and joints. CTM parts, 1.5inch axles/35spline etc. The differential size would be a nice benifit on trail. Sounds like ARB will be available soon.
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Old May 8th, 2004, 09:08 PM
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I think that it is a nice alternative! While is have still seen low (4.88) geared 44's blow that was with big tires and big HP...
quite honestly i think for 95% of wheelers even the 35 spline is over kill... But in LR land it's really the diff we suffer with... A Ford 8.8" is a better diff than the 44 and in real wheeling it is as good as a 9"
and it's cheap...
All of them are better than a rover diff in a heart beat.

The biggest expense of putting new axles under a Rover is the lug pattern, if not for that there would be no question about what to fit..

Most guys could drop a shortened 44 up front and a 60 out back and be quite happy... If that doesn't do it stick the sixty up front, in all cases living with 8X6.5" lug patterns will save an easy $1000 per axle set..

But then there is that u joint vs. cv thing... CV's are MUCH nicer to drive but the availabilty of a cost efficient replacement is nada...
Whereas you can get three spare sets of front 44 shafts and u joints for the cost to upgrade to 110 front CV's

I don't like giving people alternatives to buying my stuff but the truth is the truth... If you can live without CV's, you're probably better off with U Joints..
But once you put that front 44 or 60 in you should think about hubs and converting to part time 4X4... You'll wear out those u joints in the walmart parking lot in a year in full time 4X4..


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Old May 9th, 2004, 12:41 PM
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I read that article. Looks to me like it all depends on price. That set up did not look cheap in the mag. If it is a lot, there is no reason not to go shaved 60 or 9in.
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