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Old 05-22-2013, 07:37 AM   #1
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dana 44 and 8.8 questions

So after snapping an axle shaft a few months ago ive decided to get a new axle, as I want to go to 35s in the future I want a dana 44 or a for 8.8 but I cant seem to find what years / models will fit in my 03 with little modification i have drum breaks not worried about getting to disks any information would be greatly appreciated
Little extra info I have 6cyclinder 5speed 4in zone lift plan on adding a 1inch body lift later also I plan on doing a sye/cv while im at it

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:03 AM   #2
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I want a dana 44 or a for 8.8 but I cant seem to find what years / models will fit in my 03 with little modification
No 8.8 will bolt right in unless you buy one ready to go, like this:

Complete Ford 8.8" Rear Axle Assembly Jeep TJ Ready to Bolt In Axle Swap

Any D44 from a TJ/LJ should bolt right in, the problem will be finding one in good shape for a decent price.

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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I can not recomend ECGS enough for the 8.8.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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I know most are not a direct bolt on im ik with having to weld on new brackets for coils I just dont want to get into cutting down the tubes
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
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Sounds like you are leaning towards getting the 8.8. Might I ask why?
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U don't have to cut down tubes on either.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:05 PM   #7
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My 8.8 is out of a 1996 Explorer.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #8
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Look for a 44 first just bolt in. Otherwise u have it set up the8.8
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:17 PM   #9
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I'd rather bolt in a used Dana 44 out of a TJ, which is what I did on my earlier '97 TJ. The 8.8 is only marginally stronger... its downsides include the pinion is offset to the side creating a more unfriendly u-joint angle to work into, plus its pumpkin is bigger which gives slightly less ground clearance.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:05 AM   #10
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Im not leaning towards eather really just what I can find around here and I do know of a few 8.8 around my area will the dana 44 out of an old scout work?
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From what I've found old bronco ('66-'77) and old scout both have viable 44's, welding required.
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:19 PM   #12
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Look for totaled Jeeps with front end damage. That's where my 44 came from. To bad that a Sahara had to die so my X could live.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:34 AM   #13
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I found a dana 44 ou of a 97 Cherokee will that one fit with little work?
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I found a dana 44 ou of a 97 Cherokee will that one fit with little work?
Nope. Cherokees are leaf springs in the rear.

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