Hard Rock Crawlers of Southern Maryland  

Go Back   Hardrockcrawlers > User Forum > Product Review

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-16-2012, 10:07 AM
joshman's Avatar
joshman joshman is offline
Board of Directors
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Indian Head
Posts: 443
joshman is on a distinguished road
Default Chromoly vs RCV axles

After this weekends carnage, I'm leaning even more so towards putting a set of upgrade shafts in the D44 thats going under the front. I know there are some folks here who are or have run one or the other. So what 's your opinions on strength, warranty, price, etc.
__________________
Josh

'94 Chevy K1500 - "Krumples" - wheeler
'97 Dodge 3500 CTD - tow pig
'03 VW Jetta TDI - DD
nothing is stock :)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-16-2012, 02:21 PM
Jeepster's Avatar
Jeepster Jeepster is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,948
Jeepster has disabled reputation
Default Re: Chromoly vs RCV axles

Everything I have saw indicates that the RCV's are a little strong and have a better warranty than the average Chromolly shaft.
Cost a little more but I think they are worth it.
Note there are some mods you have to do to run them in a Dana 44.

Good luck.
__________________
"Nothing Free is ever Cheap." -Dion


"The Pleasure of what we enjoy is lost by wanting more." fortune cookie

Dion

Buggy = TREX
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-16-2012, 07:39 PM
kellyjeep's Avatar
kellyjeep kellyjeep is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: House
Posts: 1,017
kellyjeep is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Chromoly vs RCV axles

Happy with the RCV’s so far. Only time will tell. On my Dana 44, it is a PITA to install. If the RCV were to break there is no trail fix. Knuckles have to come off.

Some what good luck with the chromoly, and 300M U Joint. If you do go chromoly do not skimp on the U Joint.
__________________
Just Junk John
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-17-2012, 01:50 PM
joshman's Avatar
joshman joshman is offline
Board of Directors
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Indian Head
Posts: 443
joshman is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Chromoly vs RCV axles

I'm leaning toward the RCVs from a warranty stand point currently. I'll have to see if anyone wants to cut me a deal at PA Jeeps. As for the install, I've read the spindle may need bored out. The video I saw of the installation just showed grinding the bottom ball joint down and removing the steering stop to get it to open wider.

John, are you running flanges or lockouts with them?
__________________
Josh

'94 Chevy K1500 - "Krumples" - wheeler
'97 Dodge 3500 CTD - tow pig
'03 VW Jetta TDI - DD
nothing is stock :)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-17-2012, 07:02 PM
kellyjeep's Avatar
kellyjeep kellyjeep is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: House
Posts: 1,017
kellyjeep is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Chromoly vs RCV axles

I did bore my spindles they were the smaller type. Took them to ship point $40.00.

Yes that is a very cute video and it looks oh so easy. Some of the 44’s go directly through the knuckle, some you have to remove the stop bolt, some you have to grind the upper AND LOWER balljoints, and some you have to do all the above. I was one of the all the above.

I went with the 30 spline outer shafts and the upgraded 300 lockout for the lock out hubs. I could have gone with the slug but if I do break and can’t fix it on the trail I can unlock the hub. You are still driving yours on the street so the lockout may be the way to go for you.
__________________
Just Junk John

Last edited by kellyjeep; 07-20-2012 at 07:27 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-17-2012, 09:30 PM
joshman's Avatar
joshman joshman is offline
Board of Directors
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Indian Head
Posts: 443
joshman is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Chromoly vs RCV axles

I did notice the video the skipped over the part where the got the CV on the inner shaft and boot. I guess there was a reason.

Were you able to use than upgraded 300m gear in the lockout for the stock 19-spline shafts? I'm assuming that is what you were running before hand. And who did you buy them from?
__________________
Josh

'94 Chevy K1500 - "Krumples" - wheeler
'97 Dodge 3500 CTD - tow pig
'03 VW Jetta TDI - DD
nothing is stock :)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-18-2012, 05:59 PM
kellyjeep's Avatar
kellyjeep kellyjeep is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: House
Posts: 1,017
kellyjeep is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Chromoly vs RCV axles

I am now running the upgraded 300m gear in my stock warren hubs. The new outer RCV shaft is a 30 spline. The new gear replaces the old gear in the stock hubs.

I bought my RCV's from RCV.
__________________
Just Junk John
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-19-2012, 09:18 AM
joshman's Avatar
joshman joshman is offline
Board of Directors
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Indian Head
Posts: 443
joshman is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Chromoly vs RCV axles

Thats good to hear. Thought I might have to buy warns 30 spline lockouts instead of the much cheaper stock application ones.
__________________
Josh

'94 Chevy K1500 - "Krumples" - wheeler
'97 Dodge 3500 CTD - tow pig
'03 VW Jetta TDI - DD
nothing is stock :)
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:19 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Contents Copyright Hardrockcrawlers of Southern Maryland