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Old 12-14-2007, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i got a 90 wrangler and i just converted it to propane gonna swap in waggie leafs in the front and xj leafs in the rear. i also have purchased a set of dana 44s from an 86 waggie. does anybody know how much stronger they will be from the 30 and 35. i cant afford lockers so i planned on welding them front and rear but running lockouts on the front. i also plan on using no larger than 35" tires. the gears i plan on running are 5.38 any advice would be appreciated. i only paid 300 for both axles and i would like to think it was a good deal.
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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These are pretty decent axles. Of course you may hear the "get Dana 60's" line around here, but these usually handle 35's okay. I run a Waggy 44 front on my TJ (Isuzu Dana 44 rear) with 5.38s, I'm happy with it. I do run 37's though, never ran with any other size so I can't tell you what the 5.38/35's combo is like. As for "how much stronger," I don't know how to answer that in numbers but I will say they are usually strong enough and are definately better than the 30/35 combo. You shouldn't have many doubts about running this, though I don't know how much power your engine is putting out. For the money I say do it and don't think about it, if something breaks it probably won't be too often.
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I've got a waggy front D44 w/ 35" Boggers and a Ford 302 and I put it through it's paces pretty well and I haven't had any trouble at all. Everything is stock in it except I welded the spider gears to lock it up.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Welded fronts suck. They don't steer. I spooled my front 44, wouldn't turn worth a damn, and broke 1st day out. Granted, it was a J20 w/ 36s, so yours may last longer, but you literally couldn't turn the steering wheel at times.
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