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Old 01-28-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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Dana 44 rear axle rebuild...

How much of a pita is this...anyone do this...any diagrams or links? Please help...

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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What happened to it? May be cheaper just to go the 8.8 route

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:53 PM   #3
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I think the tube and maybe the axle bar is bent...im not too sure yet...but my rear tire on passanger side is toed out at .36 and the jeep kinda sways so im thinking that may be it...what's the 8.8 route?
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Damn, idk if a rebuild is going to fix an axle tube...

The 8.8 route is to swap your rear to a ford 8.8 axle but it isn't bolt on and would require welding. However its much stronger than a d44. If you can weld the job can be done pretty cheap, if not you can hire someone to weld or buy one online with the tabs prewelded.
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:26 PM   #5
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I have the 44's on my rubi...what should I do? Get a new axle?
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Did the alignment technician tell you that it is too far out of alignment or are you going off of the alignment sheet they handed you? I've never seen a perfectly built, straight running axle. It's almost impossible. 0.36 is up there but I have seen worse. I know my axle is off in the rear, but not enough to warrant a replacement. I go to a very reputable alignment shop and they say that it's nothing to sneeze about. Just make sure you rotate your tires regularly.
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:42 PM   #7
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The paper...he also said he said the axle tube/axle may be bent!...im not sure what to do...
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I would get a second opinion, Alignment equipment is only as good as the last calibration or the current technician.
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I would get a second opinion, Alignment equipment is only as good as the last calibration or the current technician.
x2 on this. Unless you hit something really hard.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:19 PM   #10
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Do you have stock control arms?
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:48 AM   #11
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to be honest i dont know i regrettably bought it lifted
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Snap us a picture of em, we can tell ya

Basically if they are stamped/rolled metal in the shape of a tubular 'U' they are stock. I want to say most aftermarket are some kind of tube (circular or rectangular) but not all. If they are aftermarket, chances are you just need to do some adjusting :-)
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:08 AM   #13
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im still new to suspensions so may be stupid but where are the control arms? any pictures to help me see?
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These are the front lower control arms, the rear will be very similar. You also have upper control arms for front and rear, those are more out of sight. In total you have 8 on your jeep


Aftermarket vs stock cross sectional (see the U)
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These are the front lower control arms, the rear will be very similar. You also have upper control arms for front and rear, those are more out of sight. In total you have 8 on your jeep


Aftermarket vs stock cross sectional (see the U)
Sorry to hijack, but does anyone know where I can find a diagram like this for an axle and the components inside the housing?
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Here's a Spicer service manual, I doubt there is any highlighted jpeg out there like the one I posted

Dana 44 Rear Axle - click exploded view

http://www2.dana.com/pdf/AXSM-0053.PDF (not sure what model this one is)
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these are the only pictures i could put up now...

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Your control arms run from the front side of your rear axle or the backside of your front axle to the frame. There are four on each axle. Two up top and two down below.

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