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Old 04-22-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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????Dana 35 to dana 44 question????

I am getting a brand new dana 44 however I have drum breaks right now on my dana 35. When swapping the d44 will I need anything to swap the drums over to the d44?

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The TJ's OE Dana 44 will accept your Dana 35's drum brakes without modification. Odds are good so will your new Dana 44 but I would ask the supplier of your new Dana 44 to confirm it to make sure they didn't change anything at that part of the axle.

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Yea when I did my swap I actually removed the brakes from my 35 and hung them up out of the way, bolted the 44 up then put all the brake stuff back on that way I didn't have to fool with bleeding them.
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Is the ratio the same, if not you will have to upgrade the front to match or else you cannot use 4x4.
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i already have the same gears and a new carrier coming for the front axle.

98 tj spot: I love that idea of not having to screw around with bleeding the breaks. Great idea. Thanks.

Thanks to Jerry as always
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Yea when I did my swap I actually removed the brakes from my 35 and hung them up out of the way, bolted the 44 up then put all the brake stuff back on that way I didn't have to fool with bleeding them.
any other tips that would make the swap easier? I've replaced my the internals of my drum breaks but never really looked at how to take the entire drum break off the axle.
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any other tips that would make the swap easier? I've replaced my the internals of my drum breaks but never really looked at how to take the entire drum break off the axle.
Removing the brakes is easy just pull the shafts then there is 4 bolts holding on each backing plate then u just pull the holddown on the passenger side that holds the metal line to the axle then the breather on the driver side then the brakes will just hang, on another note, be aware that ur stock driveshaft may or may not work, u will read that people say theirs worked, but I will tell u that in my experience it didn't my stock shaft was to long and I had to order a sye and tom woods just fyi, so that may be something to take into consideration

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