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Old 07-09-2009, 11:44 PM   #1
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Dana 44 conversion

I have been looking all over for a Dana 44 front for the TJ. They want an arm and a leg for them. Has anyone done a conversion on an older one to fit the TJ???

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I'm swapping late 80's Grand Wagoneer D44's front and rear into my TJ right now. You have to be able to weld all of the brackets on and they didn't come with gear ratio's that match the TJ's so you have to regear them, but the width is just about the same. I'm also doing a long arm suspension at the same time so I needed custom brackets anyway
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:39 AM   #4
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I'm swapping late 80's Grand Wagoneer D44's front and rear into my TJ right now. You have to be able to weld all of the brackets on and they didn't come with gear ratio's that match the TJ's so you have to regear them, but the width is just about the same. I'm also doing a long arm suspension at the same time so I needed custom brackets anyway
So you have to weld on coil sprint perches, control arm brackets, track bar brackets and does the grand wagoneer come with locking hubs? If so are you keeping them locking or spending the money on the new steering knuckles?
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There will need to be shock mounts also. Rubricon Express sells a bracket kit for TJ axles. Check their website.
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Be wary of most Dana 44 axles set up to go into the front of a TJ as many will not truly give a true strength upgrade over your present Dana 30. Few experienced wheelers go that route because the strength gains wheelers are after are not there. The reason being that many like the Rubicon's front Dana 44 use all Dana 30 components with the exception of the center D44 pumpkin, gears, and inner axle shaft. The rest of the axle including the u-joints, axle tubes, knuckles, ball joints, outer axleshaft stub, etc. are Dana 30. I know when I swap my front axle for something bigger so I can run 37" tires it won't be to a Dana 44. The Dana 30 components are like putting a low amp fuse into a high amp electrical circuit which negates the potential that the high amp part of the circuit has.
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Be wary of most Dana 44 axles set up to go into the front of a TJ as many will not truly give a true strength upgrade over your present Dana 30. Few experienced wheelers go that route because the strength gains wheelers are after are not there. The reason being that many like the Rubicon's front Dana 44 use all Dana 30 components with the exception of the center D44 pumpkin, gears, and inner axle shaft. The rest of the axle including the u-joints, axle tubes, knuckles, ball joints, outer axleshaft stub, etc. are Dana 30. I know when I swap my front axle for something bigger so I can run 37" tires it won't be to a Dana 44. The Dana 30 components are like putting a low amp fuse into a high amp electrical circuit which negates the potential that the high amp part of the circuit has.
Do you think I would be better off doing a super 30 kit then? I would like to run 35's
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Do you think I would be better off doing a super 30 kit then? I would like to run 35's
You can simply install 27 spline alloy axleshafts like from Superior Axle or Warn (now sold by Randy's Ring & Pinion) and be fine with a locker and 35" tires. Since upgrading my locked D30 to Warn axleshafts, I've had no more Dana 30 axleshaft or u-joint breakages with my 35" tires and it does take a lot of abuse. A stronger hardened axleshaft which has hardened ears for the u-joints can actually prevent u-joint breakages. In an unhardened OE axleshaft, torque can actually pull the u-joints out of the ears as the ears stretch under stress. Once the u-joint pulls free, it spins and takes itself and the ears out and leaves you with bits and pieces. A hardened axleshaft prevents the u-joint form pulling free which can prevent breakage in most cases.
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It all depends on what you want your ultimate goal to be. For Jerry and I, no it's not really worth putting a 44 up front. It's going to be 60, 9" or Hybrid of the sorts that we end up going with. However for someone that just wants to sit at 35's or 37's and call it good then a front NON-Rubicon 44 can be a useful upgrade. The Waggy 44's have thicker tubes, and stronger knuckles on them. However the aftermarket shaft isn't really there for that axle. Only ones I know that make a standard shaft for that axle is Moser. 10 Factory or Dutchman might have something they can do for them or maybe a custom type CV from Rockford CV might be able to be cut also.
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Do you think I would be better off doing a super 30 kit then? I would like to run 35's
I ran a 30 front axle with a Super 30 kit for a couple of years with not one problem on 37" tires. If your interested, I've got one for sale. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f14/tj-...-ca-30648.html

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