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d44 front with Toy outers???

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Has anyone done this? After a lot of experience watching both in acton, I definately feel that the d44 has the stronger r&p and housing but given aftermarket options, the Toy has the stronger joint. I know it used to be the other way around, but I guess that's what 300m and chromo does for ya! :)

Anyway, if someone hasn't done it yet, is it feasable? Welding the Toy knuckles into the d44 tubes doesn't seem like it would be a big deal at all.

J. J.
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i have been toying with a similar idea for a while.

my variation of the plan was to run a dana 44 r/p and housing and weld on flange rings to the tubes for my land rover discovery swivel balls. they are a bolt on affair if you weld on the companion flange to the housing. the knuckles are plenty strong, but the big drawbacks are that the factory config has a behind the axle tie rod. as well as shitty ass brakes and the wierd 5 lug rover pattern (which for a 5 lug pattern is pretty strong at a 6.5" diameter).

the tie rod problem could be solved two ways, buy a euro knuckle for the disco that has r hand steering so the knuckle has a fwd mounted steering arm on the l knuckle. or run a hp ford d44 and let the tie rod run under the pinion (least favorite option). but then that leaves you with trying to figure out how to do a 6 or 8 lug hub with disks and calipers that will actually stop a vehicle.

that has lead me to want to research what it would take to just have to put in super toy birfs into the d44 knuckle by having to put the knuckle on AFTER the shafts are in the housing. tuff to get the ball joints tight tho....:homer:
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