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Project 91 Pathfinder - Alvarez Metal Works
10-06-2013, 09:34 PM
Post: #31
RE: Project 91 Pathfinder - Alvarez Metal Works
what kind of axle you using? you doing links or leafs?
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10-07-2013, 04:00 AM
Post: #32
RE: Project 91 Pathfinder - Alvarez Metal Works
Saw a dd44 with passenger side drop for free on cnyjeep.org. Not sure what your pathfinder needs.
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10-07-2013, 07:11 AM
Post: #33
RE: Project 91 Pathfinder - Alvarez Metal Works
I just looked it's gone lol.

I'll be linking it. Right now do to the lack of proper D44s for my build. I need one out of a Wagoneer 6 lug. I'll ether be building a hp30 (there are allot of options with this but it will have manual hub if I do it) or maybe cutting up a passenger side drop 44 and making it a driver side drop. Not sure though I have allot of research to still do. I just need to get it done already. It's going to boil down to what is the best bang for the buck. Cutting axle tubes doesn't bother me so long as I can sleeve the full length of the tubes to beef it up. We'll all find out together. All I know is I want a HP with 6 lugs and manual hubs. However I make that happen we'll see together lol.

However I do it I need to be able to find parts easily. So no custom axle lengths. I don't plan on running tires bigger than a 35. Most likely I'll be running a 33 just to avoid any my cutting of the rear fender wells and to keep a fairly low center of gravity. Plus replacing tires will be easier on the pocket book. Looking for 20"-24" of ground clearance at the lowest part of the frame. That will be 5+ inches over how it sits right now. That should help me get over some of the stuff I struggle with now. Plus I plan to move the front axle forward a little. I'll need that extra ground clearance to compensate for the longer wheelbase.

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10-07-2013, 08:12 AM
Post: #34
RE: Project 91 Pathfinder - Alvarez Metal Works
You can use a passenger side drop, and swap it to a drivers drop. Cut off the inner C, then cut down your drivers side tube. Cut out the plug welds on the passenger side and pull out the tube, press in a new tube. 0.50 wall 2.750 DOM will work. Weld the Cs back on. It may or may not not be the most cost effective method, but that way you dont have to sleeve anything. Just throwing an idea out there.

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10-07-2013, 01:54 PM
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RE: Project 91 Pathfinder - Alvarez Metal Works
Ford is driver side drop right? Maybee an early bronco 44 or go full width 44 and 9 out of an F150.
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10-07-2013, 03:24 PM
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RE: Project 91 Pathfinder - Alvarez Metal Works
Just found an early bronco 44. I'll have to swap the knuckles for Chevy knuckles but but technically I could even use the radius arms and wrist one of them to free it up for wheeling.

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10-07-2013, 03:29 PM
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Now lets hope the deal goes through.

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10-07-2013, 05:33 PM
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(10-07-2013 03:24 PM)AlvarezMetalWorks Wrote:  Just found an early bronco 44. I'll have to swap the knuckles for Chevy knuckles but but technically I could even use the radius arms and wrist one of them to free it up for wheeling.

If you go this route I may have a spooled 9" rear out of an early Bronco . . .

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10-07-2013, 09:23 PM
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RE: Project 91 Pathfinder - Alvarez Metal Works
I'll keep that in mind but the spool would have to go. I need to be able to drive it on the street without destroying tires. Is it drum or disk brakes? I can get a D44 out of a Rodeo for the back that will fit perfectly under my pathy with factory disks. But a 9 would be nice to have simply because of the 3rd member.

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10-07-2013, 09:44 PM
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HP30 does have good parts ability - can pick them up all day in a junkyard for $75. How strong is the rear axle in the Pathfinder?

I think grabbing a HP30 and 8.8 out of an Exploder / Ranger would be a decent setup - should be good to 33s no problem! But can your engine pull the much taller gears? You said you had (around) 4.30 gearing right? Going from 4.30s and to 3.55s wouldn't be too fun! If they went in quick, you'd be dropping a ton re gearing it.

But if you can get that 44 that would be great!

last time I went to the junkyard in Marcy, I did see a few old full size Chevys that were 4x4 - those would have the knuckle you need.

If you can't get down with your Pathfinder or Saab, let me know - we can probably figure something out and take the Cherokee down and back.
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