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    simple question. whats the difference with the cast wedges vs weld wedges?
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    Uhmmm, wedges for what?

    Ford straight axle 'arms'?

    Degree shims for rotating a diff?

    Guess I'm not sure what wedges are


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    sry talking about a d44 axle that has the cast wedges
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    Cast is molded into the axle assembly when it's made.........the weld-on type are added later. So far as I know, these were a Ford-only thing, though I don't know why they used the two different types.
    If you're swapping into a Jeep, you'll want the weld-on style, as they can be cut off easily to allow for adding perches or spring buckets without damaging the axle structure.
    The cast kind could be used if that's all you have, but it wouldn't be ideal.
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    I agree with mrclean, get the axle with weld on wedges if possible.

    My buddy Gump used a F150 HP D44 under his XJ, and had the cast style.

    It worked, but he had a heck of a time building the front arms, and getting them to work right.

    Here's a shot of his under 'construction':



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    i have a cut down 77 f-150 hp44 in my tj. 77 was the last year they used weld on wedges in the f-150's. 77 and 76 also used the 760 u-joints in the shafts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txboy72 View Post
    simple question. whats the difference with the cast wedges vs weld wedges?
    Not near enough info!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ Chet View Post
    Not near enough info!!!!!

    Way to flame him well after it was all worked out and his question was answered....
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