Availablilty, price, ease of finding parts, width, spring perch placement, and desired gear ratio already in it. All this and I had to get it back on the road at the time because it was my only vehicle and I "had" to start the project when I blew out the stock ifs passenger side hub. I've seen the dana 30 family take plenty of abuse without breaking. My buddy has a supercharged 383 Jeep YJ with stock a stock rear d35 and the engine beats on it with all 800ftlbs of torque and it is still goin strong. I figue, some time down the line, if I need to, I can get a D44 or even a D60 when money, the axle, and a place to do it comes around.whlnwgn said:Just wondering, why swap-in the most swaped-out axle on earth?
I happen to have a my Rangers' suspension lifted 6" with tha stock TTB Dana 35. and rear 8.8. Ask any of the guys in my club and they'll tell you I wheel as hard as any "true" 4x4 with straight axles. I agree with you about street poseurs, they piss me off. For example, theres a guy here that has an all aluminum, blown small block in his latemodel chevy and a 12" IFS lift. One time coming home from a show It kept overheating, bad! It has such a radical cam It'd be totally useless in any type of wheeling except up at the dunes where HP is useful. He constantly snaps CV's like tooth picks with all that power.Smokin_Guns said:Ya know, there is a wee bit of prejudice towards non-mopar around these parts. Lots of brand loyalty. Hell, I have a Dodge Ram tattoo on my left shoulder. But I do have to say, for a chev, an S-10 for that matter, it looks pretty badass. I appluad the staight axle (can't stand seeing rigs with IFS lifted way too tall, with way too big tires, it screams street poser. Heaven forbid they go over a speed bump at more than 10mph, the carnage would be incredible).
Got a nice rig there man. Lets see a small block under the hood!