Hey............"When you setup a
D44/50/60, you first do it with zero preload (and speader relaxed or
removed) and get depth and backlash correct THEN you add about 020
preload depending on factory spec ( or about 010 to each side) and
Poor guy, he'd be there for weeks!
I can tell how many axle you havenot setup. Heck you probaly never
even knew about spreader or the the safe spread limt either. I was
likely working on those axle before you even knew what a 4x4 was. BTW
my first 4x4 was a 67 chevy when it was about 3 years old but I had
been around them longer. In 67 they were spicer and eaton then in 70's
they used all spicer in GM's and most Dodges and Fords. Old scout
(had one of those too)had D44 front and rear and the list goes on as i
worked with them. Tell you what , you need to get a life because I
used to beable to about setup one up blindfolded (almost anyway) and
sometimes gearsets were even marketed on pinion heads in offest from
spec depth and if so you could adjust shim pack on pinion accordingly
and get it right first try more often than not. You beleive what you
want but i have been in far more rear axle than you ever have or
likely ever will. My fovorite is the 10.5 GM with removable pinion
cage which makes pinion depth setting a snap to do because you simple
shim the cage and never mess with pinion bearing preload once it is
set (BTW, I still have my depth indicator and backlash dial gage.
Right now they are gathering a bit of dust but they are not rusty.)
You ARE nuts. Completely nuts. So you had a 4X4 when you were 3, but were
around 4X4's for a lot longer! How the hell did that happen. Wait, I don't
think I want to know. And, you have built more rear ends than I have. What
exactly do you base that on? How could you possibly know how many rear ends
I set up?
When you have the time to get to a service manual for a Dana 60 or 44. Look
at the pictures and see how to set one up. Then be a man and apologize. My
statement was, "Most Dana 60 fronts are going to have 4.10 gears, and they
are a real pain to change." I'll stand by that. Prove me wrong or apologize
for saying they were not hard to set up. Or at least admit you have no idea
and just like to PRETEND that you know something about axles.
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your
mouth and remove all doubt." Something for you to remember:)
Here we go nothing. GM has never been generous with axle housing cross
sectional thickness vs Dana. THe D50 is based of the D60 housing
duh.... Next you are going to say that a 10 bolt is the match of a
D60 in weight capacity. WHen you rate the weight capacity of a axle it
is limited by its weakest link. If it is rated at say 3800 lbs it do
not destruct at 4200 lbs but it has a lot less reserve capacity. ALso
when you lift a vehicle and you bigger tires and offset wheels you
change the load centers relative to axle and in effect reduce axle
capacity because of added leverage against it. Many do not even begin
to consider this though.
Well I am not like most people and I don't like big tires.. I want
this 4x4 for general use, and like the looks of the older 4x4's. I may fall
into a mud hole by accident from time to time LOL .. I won't go bigger than
33"-34" tires.. and on 16" rims, that is not big at all.. I just like the
look of trucks with matching parts.. it looks stupid with this little diff
in the front and transport like diff in the back
Looks and what you need are to different matters. If you limit tire
size to 33 inches or less with not offset wheel and no locker up
front, the 10 bolt should hold up fine for your usage. If you plan to
use a locker with 33's or more i would suggest a axle upgrade. Plus
if you go to a D60 just for looks you will pay a weight penalty and
have a lose of front axle diff clearance too. If you plan to hang a
snow plow on it one day you would do well consider a stronger front
axle if for no other reason than housing strength.
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