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Old 08-11-2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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Hub conversion need info.

Does anyone know if there is a way to convert my 04 Rubicon D44 front hubs to serviceable bearings like the Warn hub conversion kit using off the shelf or Junk Yard parts? I would like to use the larger bolt pattern so I can use the larger manual locking hubs. Will a knuckle and hub assembly off an older model Wagoneer D44 do the trick? Any ideas? Thanks.

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Old 08-11-2008, 11:19 AM   #2
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If there's a cheaper way than the Warn hub conversion kit, I don't know about it.

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Old 08-11-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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There is a machine shop advertising on ebay that has a kit that is as good or better then Warn but it is still over $1000.
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Warn's factory post-sales support is unmatched and they have many (the most of anyone) years of experience designing and manufacturing manual hubs. I seriously doubt some machine shop on eBay is going to give Warn a run for their $$$ on hub kits.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:56 AM   #5
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All the same parts to include Warn outer shafts plus rotors for $300 less. With Warn you supply the rotors. Iím trying (if possible) to piece it together because Iím cheap!
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Just wondering why do you want to make the switch? For me, I love the simple easy to fix on the trail hub bearing the TJ's come with.
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Once I lifted it and put bigger tires on it I started having bearing trouble. I have to replace one and I'm sure It will continue. I have 15x10" wheels. I like the stance and the look. With the back spacing and wheel width itís about 8" wider overall and seems to feel a little more stable. I want to upgrade to a bearing setup that is stronger and serviceable. Would be nice to be able to re-pack the bearings.
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Once I lifted it and put bigger tires on it I started having bearing trouble. I have to replace one and I'm sure It will continue. I have 15x10" wheels. I like the stance and the look. With the back spacing and wheel width itís about 8" wider overall and seems to feel a little more stable. I want to upgrade to a bearing setup that is stronger and serviceable. Would be nice to be able to re-pack the bearings.
Well having had jeeps with both, I still like the TJ setup best. Granted the hubs can be stronger and provide a fuse. But changing a shaft on the trail is no fun.
Here is my last set of warns when I did a service. These where on a 60 front axle.

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