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Ok I have a couple questions about narrowing a ford d44. if I use a mid 80's waggy shaft on the long side it will be a shaft length differance of approx. 1.79". Now when I cut the axle down should try to cut it down 1.79" exaclty or would 1.75 be close enough? Next I will have to relocate that passenger side perch to make the axle centered correct? It would have to be moved about 1.75" towards the pumkin if I wanted it to be centered correct?
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keep it full width:flipoff2:
 

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You give us no information about the 44 you have that you want to cut down. What year is it...what is it out of?

Why don't you just get a waggy 44? :confused:
 

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Jason R said:
You give us no information about the 44 you have that you want to cut down. What year is it...what is it out of?

Why don't you just get a waggy 44? :confused:
IT's a ford leaf sprung rr hp d44 of a f-150 utility truck. I dunno what year but I suspect late 70's. I would like to use it for the high pinion which waggies dont have.
 

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keep it full width:flipoff2:
I thought about it but I gotta drive it on the street as my dd. :D
 

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Cut it down to waggy length so you can use stock and aftermarket shafts that aren't completely custom. :D
 

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Cut it down to waggy length so you can use stock and aftermarket shafts that aren't completely custom. :D
Well I was hoping to have it be a little wider so I don't rub the springs when I turn to full lock. I was going to try to use mix and match shafts from several differant stock trucks to come up with a bit wider axle, but with the spring perch being cast into the center section I am not sure what it would take to make the axle centered under my truck without having the spring perches be to narrow. (I was shooting for anywhere between 29"-31.5" for the center to center measurment of the spring purches.) Does it sound like I am being to picky?:D
 

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Ummm what about adjusting your steering stops?
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Well thats true but I'd like to get as much steering radius as possible as to not ruin my turing ability too much. I guess I could run waggy shafts with a low backspace wheel like 2.5" to 3" or so and that might keep me out of the springs.:confused:
 

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Well you're going to have to compromise somewhere. :rolleyes:
Yeah I know but at least I can keep thinking about it and driving myself, and everyone else for that matter, nuts! :flipoff2:
 

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keep it full length, couldnt be more than a foot's difference.....
fuck.... weld the diff... daily drivers are for the weak... or atleast leave that job to another vehicle!

if i've been able to run 3 vehicles since i was 18, theres no reason to use a hopped up jeep as a DD

sorry to snap, but next to every single project that sounds cool is "but not too extreme, its my DD"
 

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Leave it full width, save the $$ and effort you would have spent on narrowing it on getting 1" deeper offset wheels to make up for it. You are talking about narrowing the axle 2 measely inches for crying out loud.
 

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I used scout long shaft with cherokee chief short shaft...total width...60.5 inches

and for gods sake be precise with your measuring and cutting, I mean, why not?
 
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