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Old 10-25-2009, 07:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Recommend a d44 axle and u joint combo

Yesterday I dove my early Bronco off into a mud hole for the first time after having had my front end re-geared. The passenger side u joint got tired of the ride and gave up, breaking the ears off my inner axle.

I'm running 36" TSLs, 4.56 gears, an Aussie locker, NP 435 and a 398 Stroker. My right foot is very heavy.

The truck will never see any rocks, we just don't have 'em around here. It will only see light trails and full on mud runs.

I'm wanting to upgrade my axles and u joints while I'm in there. I don't think I need top of the line stuff, but maybe a middle of the road upgrade. I don't know what kind of joint broke, it looks like a standard cheapo. The Bronco is pretty light as far as EBs go, no heavy bumpers or winch, no hard top. What do y'all recommend?
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yukon makes some middle of the road stuff try them for axles and u-joints
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm leaning towards super duty joints and mid-upgrade shafts. Buy once / cry once for the joints with the understanding that if a joint blows it tears up the shaft too. I don't expect to break a shaft in any other manner where I wheel, but I could be wrong.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I broke a Yukon chromo D44 inner using a Spicer 760x joint. Joint is 100% fine. They're strong joints, and cheap (you can get em for ~25 bucks).

Since you run in mud a lot, you may look into getting greasable joints. Though they don't have a solid cross, you can keep em lubed. I run around with a bunch of mud guys and they break joints due to them getting dried out. Not sure but I think there's greasable superjoints out there, I'm sure they're pricey though. Just something to think about.
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Run either CTM's or yukon super joints that way you will never have to buy new joints they are bomb proof. As for the shafts skip the yukons they are garbage!. If you werent running full circle snap rings try clearencinga stock shaft for them and see how long that last you might be suprised. If not Alloy usa would be next in line till you get into the super bling like supierior or CTM, yes jack makes shafts and yes they are $$$.. Hope this helps Ryan
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good info, thanks.

Any opinions on 4340 shafts and Gold joints?
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Whos 4340? Yukon's been gettin a bad rep lately for their material quality. I can vouch for that as I broke one running 35's.

What I can also say is that the replacement shaft that they sent me (warranty) looked COMPLETELY different. I talked to a guy at Randy's (does all of Yukon's warranty work) and he said the new shafts have undergone a new heat treatment process which is supposed to make them stronger. Like I said, they do look different, so we'll see how well this one holds up. Maybe their "new" stuff will be better than what they've been producing lately.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wild Horses' 4340s. I don't know who the manufacturer is.
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with that motor and tire combination it is time for dana 60 upgrade specially if your skinny pedal stays on the floor
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I ran the yukon inner and outer shafts with super u-joints in a dana 44 i had under my s-10 with 5.13 gears, aussie locker and 39.5 cut boggers. I never broke anything but all we have is mud around here no rocks. My brother in-law bought the same shafts and joints and put them under a fullsize with regular 39.5 boggers. He broke a stub shaft first time he ran them. Got it replaced under warranty and hasn't broke another one.
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with that motor and tire combination it is time for dana 60 upgrade specially if your skinny pedal stays on the floor
I can't. I just had the D44 re-geared and a locker installed. It's also got new bushings. I've got too much $ in it already. My rims and tires are also too new to justify the extra lug nuts. I'm thinking upgraded d44 axles should hold in mud and loose dirt. We don't have big rocks around here.
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I ran the yukon inner and outer shafts with super u-joints in a dana 44 i had under my s-10 with 5.13 gears, aussie locker and 39.5 cut boggers. I never broke anything but all we have is mud around here no rocks. My brother in-law bought the same shafts and joints and put them under a fullsize with regular 39.5 boggers. He broke a stub shaft first time he ran them. Got it replaced under warranty and hasn't broke another one.
Sounds good, thanks.
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There are new shafts on market from Ten Factory. They have a 10 yr. no questions asked warranty. East Coast Gear Supply sells em' among other vendors. Alloy USA are still available, search the vendors on here. Coupled w/Longfield,Ox, CTM or any other super u-joint I would be comfortable mashin' the loud pedal.
I got a quote from ECGS for D60 shafts/joints. Lifetime warranty on Ten Factory & Alloy USA shafts w/longfield joints.
Yukons are barely, if at all, stronger than stock.
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Has anybody tried Cryogenic processing axles shafts and joints? I am fixing to get mine done and was wondering if anybody else has tried it.
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I used to run OX gold joints with yukon shafts. Held up nicely under a 392ci//36" iroks.
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