November 30, 2004Been watching a lot of mud videos lately and have noticed two approaches to building mud trucks. Real tall with big suspension lifts and body lifts and the milder trucks with lots of fender cutout. To be honest it looked like the shorter trucks were a lot faster through the goo. What do you guys think?
November 30, 2004personally, i like my trucks short and wide (and my women tall and thin )
was very stable like this and did good till the frame started dragging badly. no lift, cut till 33's didnt rub.
now a little taller, little more wider. (and a little more wrinkled, lol, just noticed it even still has rockerpannels visible in the first pic!!)
i think the setup i got now feels about perfect, about 3" of lift, it dont drag near as much, and is just as stable cause it's a good 6" wider than before.
December 1, 2004I also like short and wide. Makes for a real stable truck. Hard to tip over, and I think it flows better with the land. When you start going up, so does your center of gravity. Off camber gets hairy way up in the air. Might be good for mud bogs on flat land. But around here, most of the mud I drive in is going up or down a hill side. It only takes a 2' bump on the side of a hill to push your truck in the wrong direction when there is 3" of mud on the ground. Going straight up the hill can be harder then it sounds, especially in the mud. I couldn't imagine trying to tackle it jacked way up in the air.
Your truck looks great. Just yesterday I was thinking about my upcoming SAS and thinking a D30 would be fine, quick and easy. Then I go and see your truck today and I am wishing for that fullsize axle again. Thanks Man!!!! I am almost ready to even consider a Ford 9" rear axle. I am a diehard Chevy fan, so even considering it is a major accomplishment. Took me a long time to accept that Ford has the right front axle for me. I was even considering a different t-case just so I could get a Chevy axle under it. I know I should take the best from both compaines, it's just hard to accept Ford makes good parts. Still have that glimmer of hope that I will find a fullsize solid axle Chevy 4x4 truck for free. The wife won't like it, however I will be ripping everything out of it. Tossing the frame and body. Keeping the rest to stuff under my S10 Blazer. Through on some 35", maybe 37" and call her done.
Sorry for the thread high jacking. :smile
December 1, 2004Ford doesn't manufacture the front axle...
The company which built the D30, D44, D50 and D60's used under Ford's trucks is the same company that built the D30 you were considering. It's essentially the same axle used under SFA GM's, but the diff. is on the passenger side. Just so happens that Ford was the only one who had sense enough to spec. a high pinion, where GM didn't...
Look at it from that perspective(they're Dana axles, not Ford) and the decision for the front is easy. The 9" is VERY commonly used under GM muscle/drag cars... no shame in running one under your S10.