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Old 12-09-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Driveshaft: Dana 35 vs 44

Is the driveshaft length different between a dana 35 and a dana 44. Also, where the driveshaft attaches to the rear axle, is it the same for both the 35 and 44?

Im about to do a dana 44 swap and I would just like to know what all has to be done to make it fit. I know its bolt in but is there anything that has to be done? Thanks!

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Old 12-09-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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Is the driveshaft length different between a dana 35 and a dana 44. Also, where the driveshaft attaches to the rear axle, is it the same for both the 35 and 44?

Im about to do a dana 44 swap and I would just like to know what all has to be done to make it fit. I know its bolt in but is there anything that has to be done? Thanks!
There is a difference between the driveshafts. The D44 has a slightly longer pinion but if you have a lift your driveshaft will most likely fit. Of course there's no way to be absolutely certain until you get everything put in place and check yourself.
Depending on what you pull the D44 out of you may have some difference in the U-joints. A rubicon D44 U-joint is slightly larger than the U-joints used in non-rubicon D44s and dana 35s.

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Old 12-09-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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Yea I have a 3.5 RE lift. And the 44 is out of a 2005 sport. So would that all work out?
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Yea I have a 3.5 RE lift. And the 44 is out of a 2005 sport. So would that all work out?
Most likely
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:26 PM   #5
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It'll be close, but may not fit. Do you have a SYE? Here's what happened to me- I have a 4" lift with SYE, and new rear driveshaft, made to fit with the D35. When I swapped in the D44 rear, it fit, but at full droop, had to be cut down just a little....but I don't recall how much. The yoke on a D44 sticks out about 2" farther than the D30...but I don't know how much more it'll stick out compared to the D35.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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I dont have an SYE, I just have a transfer case drop. Hopefully from the drop of the transmission will offset the length problem.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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When I did my swap I had to cut down my shaft till I could order a new one. And I had a 4" lift. had to cut about an inch if I remember correctly cuz the drive shaft at ride height was all the way against the tcase and was binding.
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Do u have a5 speed or auto transmission
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An auto.
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Well to my knowledge driveshaft lengths on tjs go I'm the following order from shortest to longest.

5 speed d44
5 speed d35
Auto d44
Auto d35
So u may b able to find one out of a jeep with ur tranny and the d44 that may work. Or find one that is the right measurement
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The transmission really is not going to make enough of a difference on the driveshaft length to where you shouldn't get one that doesn't have your transmission.
If you find a D44 for a good price snatch it up.
Worst come to worse you can have your driveshaft shortened.
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A Dana 44 is about 1" longer at the pinion yoke than a Dana 35. I have 3.5" lift and my driveshaft fit fine. I do have a SYE and DC driveshaft though.

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