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Currie High Pinion Ford 9" Rear Axle

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by Dphillip, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Jan 3, 2009
    Dphillip

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    Does anyone have experience with Currie's High Pinion Ford 9" rear axle? I'm thinking about replacing my rear Dana 44 with Currie's High Pinion to reduce drive shaft angle, increase pinion ground clearence and easy conversion to disc brakes. Is their High Pinion suitable for highway use or is it strickly for off road? I'm sure if I call and ask them they'll tell me it's like mothers milk. If anyone has any experence with one of these units please let me know.
     
  2. Jan 3, 2009
    CJ-X

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    I have a friend who has one. Works fine.
     
  3. Jan 3, 2009
    Dummy

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    It only becomes a problem if you've got more than 350hp and are running 37s or bigger. Then you should do a True Hi9 centersection. It's more expensive, but I've been running one for years in my flattie with no issues and my buddy has one in a customer's Jeep with 37s that's daily-driven on the freeway.

    From your Avitar photo, a regular CHP with 31-spline shafts should do you fine with no issues.

    You sure you've got a D44 and not the Model 20 in your '76? Just wondering.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2009
    Dphillip

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    Thanks for the imput. I only run 31 inch tires on my rig so I don't think I would over stress the unit. I'm mainly concerned about running down the highway at 75 mph for 1000 miles during my twice yearly trips to Moab. My current D-44 is from a Scout I narrowed down years ago.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2009
    NorCoJeeper

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    Why not just rotate the rear diff and install a CV rear shaft? It's way cheaper than a high-9 rear and works just as well. D44 disk brake kits don't cost any more than 9" kits, and you avoid the cost of a custom housing, custom carrier, custom gears, etc.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2009
    Dphillip

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    A fair question indeed. Another reason for replacing my current rear axle is it's narrow track. I could score a 9" from a bone yard for around a 100 bucks. I could have the housing cut down and axles re-splined to my measurments for under 200 bucks. The only parts I would need from Currie would be their high pinion carrier, gears and set up kit. I could sell my old axle to off set some costs. Sadly, I'm one of thoses guys that can't leave welll enough alone, I'm always plotting and planing.
     

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