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5.With the front springs in place, Toby began work on the new front-axle assembly. To make things simple, we decided to start from scratch with a completely new fabricated housing from Front Range Off Road. Front Range builds these housings to spec and each features 3.5-inch O.D. DOM tubes with a 0.375-inch wall thickness. Additionally, they have a centersection that is formed from 1/4-inch-thick plate, which comes pre-drilled and tapped for whatever third member you specify. This axlehousing combines the strength of a Dana 60 with the great looks of a master fabricator's hard labor. These housings will fit any gear ratio, any locker, four-cylinder, V-6, or high-pinion third members. We ordered our housing to be 3 inches wider than stock so that we wouldn't have to run the wheel spacers provided with Marlin's kit. As a result, the tie rod and drag link provided with Marlin's kit, as well as the axleshafts, all had to be custom built for our axle.