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Old 09-25-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Dana 44 axles

I have an 04 Rubicon that had leaking axle seals. While I was cutting off the bearing I got the axle shaft. I ordered some alloy rear axle shafts and when I got them I noticed they were different lengths. When I measure the ones I took out they are the exact same length. I called 4 wheel parts and they cant seem to help they just offer to order more. My thought is that the previous owner may have changed one of the axles and put in the wrong one. So if they are are different lengths which side is supposed to be longer? There is only a 1/2 inch difference.

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When I measure the ones I took out they are the exact same length.
Definitely not right.

The right side shaft is longer.

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I called 4 wheel parts and they cant seem to help ...
Par for the course.

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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They are suppose to be different lengths. About 1/2" sounds about right. I think the Drivers side is the short one. You might want to go to Superior or Ten Factory websites to see specs on which is which.

Not sure why your Originals were equal. Sounds like someone may have broke the long one and threw in a short...I think that works in an emergency but I wouldn't run it like that as a final fix.
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So if they are are different lengths which side is supposed to be longer? There is only a 1/2 inch difference.
The shorter (29.25") shaft goes on the left side. The longer (29.75") shaft goes on the right side.
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The axle shafts are different lengths because the axle's pumpkin/differential is offset to one side so it aligns with the transfer case output shaft which is offset to the side.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:35 PM   #6
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measure the axle tube face to inner bearing on the diff on both sides. if you have a different length there then you know.
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It thought it was supposed to be offset but when I pulled the old axles out and they were equal it made me scratch my head. I talked to Ten, which are the axles I am installing and they confirmed what you are all saying. Oh well I guess cutting into the one axle was a blessing in disguise. now I have alloy axles that are the right length and will keep the the one I didnt screw up for a spare. Thanks again for your help.

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