clarification: mid to late 80s grand wagoneer rear D44s are 58.5" wide but that's close enough(I have one sitting under my YJ with the matching D44 front-60.5"). early 80s had a rear M20 which is also centered and has 1-piece shafts. 6-bolt lug pattern
- Ford 8.8s will be around 58-60"(common swap is a ford explorer rearend w/ disc brakes). 5 on 4.5 lug pattern. probably 2nd most available from this list.
- Early bronco 9" rearend(somewhere around there. might be exactly 60"). 5 on 5.5 lug pattern
- Toyota 8" rearends from 86-?94? are 58" and are as strong as or stronger than D44s(in my opinion). most available and cheapest axle. look in the for sale section for built 3rd members and axles.
do a search on the above axles and you'll probably find a lot more detail on what you're looking for.
The Taco rear end is the best option for me so far. I really want it to be 6 lug and be fairly strong. I am nto too hot on 9" rears because of the low hanging pinion. My best bet so far is the Taco rear, or the IFS rear at 58"
If I had to do a medium duty rear axle again, I would have picked the toy IFS rear. a lot cheaper to build and good clearance. should be able to handle 35" tires pretty easily(not sure what you'll be using under your rig). just remember you need a flange to yoke adapter for it if you have 1310 yokes on your rear DS. I think highangle driveline had the adapters when I was looking.
The Taco E-locker axle is the best all-in-one package, but if you're willing to wanded further afield, pick up a few of those cute little Isuzus and roll 'em over to see what's under 'em.
The Isuzu 12-bolt third member is pretty similar to the Toyota 8-inch, but bigger in every dimension - especially the later ones. You can find 'em on 58" wide early-90s axles and they got wider in later years, wider than 60" IIRC. Bonus is that they have thicker axles than a Dana 44 and come 6-lug, with stock disk brakes (and stock rear brakes means stock cable-actuated E-brakes, as well).
If you don't mind a smaller axle, many USA-assembled late-model Isuzus sport a Dana 44 -- also with disk brakes, cable e-brakes, and a 6-lug count. The Dana 44 nets you better locker and gearing availability, at some cost to overall strength.
The biggest indicator, IMHO, is how many nuts you need. If you're looking 5-bolt, then the Exploder axle is pretty simple (not a big fan of the C-clips, though)... if you're looking 6-bolt, then look under Jap trucks from the last decade or so... :cool2:
How about a eb nine, but use the new hp center section that uses real 9" gears. I have a rear end laying around cheap. Just get new 6-lug axles and convert to disks using chevy 1/2 ton calipers and rotors.
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