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Old 03-13-2008, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's this front Axle?

Saw this truck at a used car dealership last week & was wondering what this axle is? I've never seen one like it before. That steering looks pretty scarry though!

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Ford TTB aka Twin traction beam.
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wow thats a ttb looks like a dana 44
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Ok, cool, thanks for the quick replies!

they any good?
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Ok, cool, thanks for the quick replies!

they any good?
Not particularly, just about everyone prefers a solid axle.
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wow thats a ttb looks like a dana 44
It is. That's what the fullsizes got. They suck as much as ours.
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i like how they try to make it look like it have a diff cover
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i like how they try to make it look like it have a diff cover
it is a diff cover.
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it is a diff cover.
Look closer, its not.
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i like how they try to make it look like it have a diff cover
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it is a diff cover.
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Look closer, its not.
See, it worked

I love the fact that they painted it, if I had one of those the last thing I would do is try to draw attention to it

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See, it worked

I love the fact that they painted it, if I had one of those the last thing I would do is try to draw attention to it

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hey it's metal covering the diff. just because you can't unbolt the piece of metal doesn't make it not a diff cover.
so what do you do, pull the gears out like a 9" third member or what?
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Hey Totalled, need specs on the one in your avatar
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Ok, cool, thanks for the quick replies!

they any good?
They got potential...
Put some decent steering on it (and some good springs) and they'll pretty much keep up with anything else.
Solid axle-like flex is pretty easy to attain, which is something not true with any other IFS (desert prerunner guys are all over these things, as they actually kick butt over solid axles in fast whoop-de-doos, and are far cheaper to build than an a-arm truck would be).

The jacked-up steering on that one above looks like a tire-eating mess though (which unfortunately, that is quite common with most of the bolt-on liftkits like what's on that thing).


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so what do you do, pull the gears out like a 9" third member or what?
Its kindof sorta the same thing... The chunk unbolts from behind, but the inside of the gear housing is identical to any other D44 (uses shims instead of preload adjusters like a 9 has).
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Ford TTB aka Twin traction beam.
Best answer yet... but other than someone hinting at the type of axle... no ones answered your question.
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hey it's metal covering the diff. just because you can't unbolt the piece of metal doesn't make it not a diff cover.
so what do you do, pull the gears out like a 9" third member or what?
Yep like a 9"

Good point on it still being a diff cover though.
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...Good point on it still being a diff cover though.
isn't this the Ford forum? i'm a Jeeper but I know what a D44 TTB center is.

those covers are thicker than your standard D44 cover (even thicker than a front D44 cover), a good replacement for standard rear D44 covers.
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Dunno. It's been saved for a few years. I don't remember anything about it.
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seems to me it's the same dana 50 IFS that I replaced in my 1989 with a dana 60.
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TTB axles DO NOT have diff covers....

Unless you count the entire damn beam as the diff cover

Or you are a complete idiot like one guy, and cut a hole where the diff is, and install a diff cover. Doing this TOTALLY weakens the structural integrity of the beam.
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TTB axles DO NOT have diff covers....

Unless you count the entire damn beam as the diff cover.
No shit? Tank you caption fucking obvious.
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TTB axles DO NOT have diff covers....

Unless you count the entire damn beam as the diff cover

Or you are a complete idiot like one guy, and cut a hole where the diff is, and install a diff cover. Doing this TOTALLY weakens the structural integrity of the beam.
whos the idiot here? i wouldnt have even considered that, and yet you did. hmm...
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whos the idiot here? i wouldnt have even considered that, and yet you did. hmm...
Im the idiot, yet "vintagespeed" says that they still have diff covers.

Kinda missed that part didnt you?

Not to mention, no, I didnt consider doing it, I have seen it done, and was saying what happens in case someone was considering themselves.

Back off your "I am smarter than you jackass" high horses, and actually take time to think about what someone is trying to say fucktard!
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