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Old 10-20-2008, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nissan Titan solid axle conversion!!

Well we put the Dana 60 Rear in the truck with no dash lights. It's time to do the sas on the front. Here are a few pics of what we got done so far.
This is with the CST lift

We used a Dodge Dana 44 and put the Nissan Titan wheel bearing in place or the Dodge in order to keep the Tone rings for no dash lights







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Old 10-20-2008, 03:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's the Dana 60 rear with 4.30 gears


We used the Nissan axle shafts and tubes and welded it to the Dana 60 pumpkin to keep the titan tone rings and brakes. NO dash lights
We already have Dana 60 32 spline shafts in our 44's 1.56" on the bearing end

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Old 10-20-2008, 09:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice! So whats it gonna be? 3 or 4 link? Radius?

Keep the pix coming.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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looks very good.
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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We decided to go 4-link the links are already made I just forgot to take some pictures before I left for work. I work offshore and have two more weeks before I get home.
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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that is one bad ass Titan
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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this is sick!
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Badass Titan build... its just too bad you have to use a Dodge dana 44. Hopefully you dont plan on beating on it too hard with that axle under there. But whats the point in swapping in a solid axle then

Anyway, nice looking progress... quite a bit of ingenuity to the rear axle to keep the dash lights off. Looking forward to seeing more progress.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well we wanted to see how strong we could make the 44. We used the 4340 Chrome Moly super joints, Richmond gears,Timken bearings and seals and reinforced the outer C's, we used the Nissan Titan 13" rotors and dual piston calipers. We had this truck at 12 1/2" of lift with IFS. but wanted something diffrent. There are only two solid axle Titans that I know of and we just wanted to give it a shot.
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And a damn good job you are doing by the looks and of it.

It sounds like you addressed several of the weak links of this axle, but what bugs the shit out of me about this axle is the junk wheel bearings and ball joints that need to be replaced WAY too soon (and not to mention how expensive these parts are). With any luck your Nissan wheel bearings will last longer.

Another problem is the weak U-joints (which you stated you have addressed) which typically takes out the stub shaft when it grenades (in your case may be much more pricey to replace). It is one thing if you could unlock the hubs... but since thats not a choice you pretty much have to due a field repair or hope the joint/shaft doesn't bind and break while driving home or out of the trail.

Great job on the build. Cant wait to see more pics and the finished product.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see how this build progresses!!!
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looks good.............................. more pics?
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this should be awesome, definitely keep us posted with pics
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Here are a few more pics. hopefully have the suspension hung tomorrow. We ended up changing the links with Heim on both ends for more flex, so I will post those pics also tomorrow.






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Here is the pictures of the links. Sorry this is all I got done because I got called back to work for three weeks.

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thats a great looking truck!!! good work. did you custom build all the front suspension parts?

if i bring you axles and money, want to sas my rig?!?!?
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Why did you even do links if you were doing a parrallel 4 link? P hard bars suck... When used in a 4 link.. Seems like such a waste.
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Why did you even do links if you were doing a parrallel 4 link? P hard bars suck... When used in a 4 link.. Seems like such a waste.
Well there not parralel, they are offset. We can lift one tire 29" without moving the other at all, or binding. The 14" travel fox coilovers only have 14" of trave so I would say 29" is enough. To me thats a hell of a lot of flex. It only takes about 1 1/2" of offset to get that much flex in this configuration.

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Well there not parralel, they are offset. We can lift one tire 29" without moving the other at all, or binding. The 14" travel fox coilovers only have 14" of trave so I would say 29" is enough. To me thats a hell of a lot of flex. It only takes about 1 1/2" of offset to get that much flex in this configuration.
So if it isn't a parallel setup than why do you have a Panhard? Oh wait because it doesn't use triangulation to locate the axle. Thus making it a parallel 4 link.
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So if it isn't a parallel setup than why do you have a Panhard? Oh wait because it doesn't use triangulation to locate the axle. Thus making it a parallel 4 link.
I still don't get your point, Yea it has a panhard bar "give you a cookie" you noticed that. It still has all the flex I need. Thats the way I chose to build it. Sorry that's not the way YOU would build it but it works for me.
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I still don't get your point, Yea it has a panhard bar "give you a cookie" you noticed that. It still has all the flex I need. Thats the way I chose to build it. Sorry that's not the way YOU would build it but it works for me.
The point I am trying to establish is what was the bennefit of that over single triangulated or dual triangulated? Seems Parallel is only used because it is easy. And they Bind... All I am asking is why did you decide to do it that way?
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The point I am trying to establish is what was the bennefit of that over single triangulated or dual triangulated? Seems Parallel is only used because it is easy. And they Bind... All I am asking is why did you decide to do it that way?
Because" In my opinion " the triangulated is much better offroad, but doesn't handle as well on road. This truck is also a daily driver. And you are right they do bind we started out with Heim on one end and poly bushing on the other. We only got about 12-13" before it started to bind. We cut off the poly bushing and went to heim on both ends and offset the frame end about 1 1/2" to get the 29".
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So why did you go 4 link? With the 4 link you would have needed Full hydro to drive it obviously. You could have done a well worked 3 link , and had that still work , and steer.
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So why did you go 4 link? With the 4 link you would have needed Full hydro to drive it obviously. You could have done a well worked 3 link , and had that still work , and steer.
Are you saying 4-link needs full hydro?
or triangulated 4-link needs full hydro?
We could have done it numerous ways but it's done now and maybe next time I'll try something diffrent?

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