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Planning for more than casual use, the DJ-5D received a Dana 44, built by Tri-County Gear, rather than a more common and less expensive Dana 30. Was this overkill? Probably not, as a Dana 30 would've broken at least three times by now, which means we've passed the break-even point financially and didn't have to fix a 30 thrice. Still, the best part of this Dana 44 is what it didn't do, aside from not breaking. It didn't interfere. In spite of all the wives' tales, we've had no problems with manual steering and the Detroit in the front axle-although the narrow wheels and small tires do help. Notice the GM-style SSBC disc brakes that were added afterwards.

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