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Old 09-22-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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Ford 9 inch

Im tearing a dana 35 out of my 94 yj and planning to throw a ford 9 inch in its place.... the ford 9 in is (correct me if im wrong) 65 inches in width out of a bronco/f-150 and 68 in out of an E-150 van. The main question is what front diff will match in length so my yj doesn't look goofy rolling down the road?

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Old 09-22-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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No, it is not close on width - both axles you mention are much wider than your D30 front.

Look at an Explorer 8.8" (later 31 spline w/ disc brakes) for an easy swap that keeps you really close on width.

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Your right im just looking to see what front diff I should put in that is around the same width I've been looking through different ones and can't choose one
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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What size tires are you planning to run? I guess my thinking is that with 8.8" Explorer axles everywhere, and the ability of a properly built D30 to handle most reasonable tire sizes, there doesn't seem (to me) much sense in a mid-way swap with a 9" rear and ??? up front - either go full-width with 1-ton gear or stay at stock width with D30/D44 front and Ford 8.8 rear. Full-width 1/2 ton gear seems like a lot of work for little benefit.

I think there is a driver-drop D44 out of the old Wagoneers and such that is close to stock width, that would buy you quite a bit of tube strength (3/8" if memory serves) over your stock front axle setup and get you some lockouts in the process.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:28 AM   #5
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I believe that 78 and 79 ford Broncos had the correct drivers side drop. If you can find a donor vehicle you can get both the D44 front and the 9" rear out of the same vehicle.
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The only thing ford made in a 44 front with leafs and not 8 lug would be a 75-79 1/2 ton extended cab truck. Everything else had coils.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:10 PM   #7
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broncograveyard.com/bronco/c-402-dana-44-complete-axles.html

according to the link above the 78 and 79 broncos had d44 front axles. I read an article a while back that also showed that.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:17 PM   #8
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Yep true dat, and every half ton truck from 65-79

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