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The rearend is another salvage-yard Dana 44 built by Ken, with 5.89 gears, Dutchman axles, and a Detroit Locker. The custom leaf packs are from Valley Spring, and the long rear shackles with a "horizontal shackle stabilizer" are Ken's own design. The springs are mounted under the axle to negate spring wrap. This photo also shows the major changes made since the first photo shoot. The center-mounted coil is a Rubicon Express TJ 4-inch front spring. Ken says this gave him the extra lift he needed and improved the payload. The leaf packs should last longer, as they're no longer carrying the full load. The ride was greatly improved, and the Rancho 9000 shocks were also relocated.