Dang Phil when you gonna get some pics of the black one on here??False.. It can be done, and it has been done...
In fact I beleive the is actually a write up on it on this very website. I remember reading and there where several people saying it was a good idea if I remember right.
Yep that's all it is. Even though that is "technically" a solid axle since the wheels move dependent on each other, it's nothing more than exactly what you stated. It's all the TTB components and the independent arms are just boxed, braced, trussed, and welded together. They just cut it off of the crossmember so it could move freely.looks like you just cut out the mounting brackets, take out your coils, put in leafs, plate and truss the beams, and cut out the extra piece of the beams where they would originally run up to the pivot brackets.
looks like quite a lot of work.. but the result is a trussed D44.
Just because the arms were welded and boxed, nothing internally was changed. It's still the same TTB shafts (which are 2 piece BEFORE the lockouts) and you are welding the boxed arms together. That BARELY hits the border of a solid axle. The TTB intermediate shafts were not changed to solid shafts as a solid axle would use, (it's still that same 2 piece knuckle design) and then dislocated it from the crossmember.Ummm, yea it is.