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Old 09-15-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Dana 44

Alright guys, I've been on the search for some dana 44's for a while. I ran into these yesterday http://fortsmith.craigslist.org/pts/4024499459.html What do y'all think? Good deal or no?

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Looks pretty good. I've been looking for awhile myself. Where's Greenwood ?

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:29 AM   #3
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those axel are set up for leaf springs so you will have to do some fab work
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:40 AM   #4
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Yep those axles will not just bolt in, there would be a lot of work, special brackets, and welding involved to get them ready to bolt into a TJ. As ggross said, those are set up for leaf springs, not the coil spring suspension the TJ uses.
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Yep those axles will not just bolt in, there would be a lot of work, special brackets, and welding involved to get them ready to bolt into a TJ. As ggross said, those are set up for leaf springs, not the coil spring suspension the TJ uses.
Good eye, I didn't look closely enough nor is this my area of expertise
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:01 PM   #6
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i think i checked on those a couple months back and the back axle pumpkin is off set to the passenger side. If it is not that is a pretty good deal just the lockers will run about $1200 there will be a ton of fab work but itll be worth it.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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i think i checked on those a couple months back and the back axle pumpkin is off set to the passenger side. If it is not that is a pretty good deal just the lockers will run about $1200 there will be a ton of fab work but itll be worth it.
That's what I was thinking
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:14 PM   #8
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they are a good deal and i had him down to $2000 back in the middle of july but i figured out the back was offset pumpkin if these are the same axles. Please add about 30% to what ever you think the cost will be I am in the middle of helping my 16 year old put a 5.7 tbi with full width dana44's in his yj. All new brakes got it all hooked up and the master cylinder went out while bleeding the brakes. power steering pump was fine on donor vehicle leaked like a sif in his jeep. Im just saying be prepared we have ended up changing alot of parts that were fine when we started things just happen.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #9
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I just asked him and you were right bill, passenger side offset... I'm a little bummed haha. Next on my list are these puppies http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/pts/3944847599.html Bolt in, everything seems fine, looks a little rusty though... Might be just dirt?
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Still looks to me like those are set up for a leaf spring setup and not a coil spring. The rear axle should have round spring perches...
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Still looks to me like those are set up for a leaf spring setup and not a coil spring. The rear axle should have round spring perches...
Man... I'm having some serious issues with this.. Thank god for this forum...
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Are you just wanting to replace a Dana 35/30 combo? Just trying to figure out what your plans are to give you the best advice possible lol
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:11 PM   #13
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Are you just wanting to replace a Dana 35/30 combo? Just trying to figure out what your plans are to give you the best advice possible lol
Yup, I just got 33's and was about to regear but thought I'd hold off and save then get a set of d44's for the long run that are already geared
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you might check out East coast gear supply. If you're not 100% sold on the D44, you could get a built Ford 8.8 rear from them with all the perches and things necessary to bolt right up. You would have to know how much lift you've got/will have when you put it in... because I think that determines how they set everything up. The price is somewhat reasonable compared to 'new' built D44s and from what I have read the F8.8 is a very good upgrade compared to the D35.

Then you just regear your front when you install the rear and go... that is what my plan is when I get around to that, for now I'm just living with the drag lol.

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FYIW, I wouldn't waste your money on a front Rubi44. The outers are the same as the D30. Your D30 will hold up to locked 35s with only some chromoly axle shafts and good u-joints. The only reason to go to a set of bolt in (Rubi) 44s would be if you are planning to gear them deeper than 4.88. And after spending all of that money, you still won't be able to run anything bigger than 35s without adding some serious bling to those Rubi 44s. And after all of that bling and money, you might be able to run 37s somewhat reliably. Maybe. Basically, for up to 35s keep the D30 in front and get a D44 or 8.8 rear. For 37s and bigger you will need 60s or real 44s.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:22 AM   #16
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The 8.8 is a good rear end the issue we had was finding a dana 44 the same width. we ended up with full width axles. There about 8" wider than the yj axles. looks good now that there under it.

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