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Old 01-13-2018, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana 44 big hub vs small hub

What is stronger the big hubs or small? I currently have a big hub axle but also have the small hub assembly from the spindle out and I want to convert my 91 k5 blazer to 3/4ton until i can find a dana 60 front. The truck runs 38.5 boggers so want to run the stronger hubs.
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Stub shaft abd spindles are the same, hub style irrelevant.

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The bolts are prolly the weakest. Usually cause nobody does PMs on their junk and the bolts come loose, start chuckin around and break. Therefor people think they are weak.
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I think the internally splined are are inherently stronger by not relying on 6 long bolts to turn the wheel assy. However, if the warn hubs (not the factory spicers) are used and the wheel hub is studded, that is a pretty strong way to go also. The bolted on hub style seems to have problems with the inner race going out and ruining the hub itself
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IMO, there's nothing to be gained in strength with the large hub .

There used to be a strength difference (1350 series wheel joints on D44HD) but those disappeared with the rest of the old closed-knuckle diffs.

However, I do prefer the Spicer style locking hub mechanism over the Warn. They came in large and small hub design. Yukon is making the modern copy of them. 80's Chevy K20 10bolt front axles are good place to get a set of the later bearing hubs.
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