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Old 01-27-2005, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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dana 44 truss

I am putting in a front dana 44 and I am thinking about starting with this


And then adding some stuff to make it this.



What do ya'll think of using this as UCA mounting point and possibly a mounting point for a hydro assist ram? My main worry is the stress put on it by the UCA will it hold up?
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Old 01-27-2005, 12:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty.




How far is the tube going to come up off the axle. I would worry about clearance and if it came up too high creating too much leverage.
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Looks and unnecessary.. And big.
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The coils look like two big turds on your axle.
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Looks pretty freakin heavy. WTF do you need 2"x.25 wall DOM for???? Most guys that mount thier full hydro dont use that thick of tube not to mention you are gonna have a hell of a time bending .250 wall to a 90*. Make it all outa .120 or so and it would be fine.
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i'd be more worried about all those booger welds bound to appear on your 2 miles of weld.
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.125" thick DOM with good, secure welds to the axle tube and truss will probably be fine. .188 if you want.

Did you decide that the trackbar and radiator clearance wasn't gonna be an issue anymore?
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WTF do you need a giant ass truss for anyway? If youre worried about strength use a bigger axle instead of welding tube that doesnt even belong on a buggy all over the thing.
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I was just going to use .250 wall because thats what i will have extra of since ill be building links. If .120 wall will be enough then that is fine with me, ill use that.

What makes you think there will be booger welds .
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i think it's a lot more than is necessary, but that's my opinion. i just built the upper on the left of the photo for my 44 straight up from the axle tube, about 5-6" tall. any taller and i would think it could get weak, but all i did was box 4 sides of 3/16 plate and weld it to the tube. also, i only have a 3-link+panhard, so there is no twisting bind like there will be with a 4-link+panhard/trackbar. i would just build the left mount from the axle and brace it a little on either side like sort-of a pyramid shape.
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