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Old 02-01-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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What all do I need for axle swap?

Looking on ebay... I was thinking dana44 rear axle and a regear package to 4.88 on front d30 and rear d44... That kit on ebay was 575$ I'm just not sure what axle to buy.. does it matter? any d44?

And the main reason for swap is boat towing/ minor off roading..

is this good???

JEEP DANA 44 REAR AXLE WRANGLER CONVERSION GOOD-USED : eBay Motors (item 360175119991 end time Feb-23-10 10:58:47 PST)

And this???

DANA 30 DANA 44 4.56 GEAR PACKAGE JEEP TJ MASTER KITS : eBay Motors (item 220414199149 end time Feb-07-10 10:41:13 PST)

Will be going onto a 04 sahara! What kinda price will install be on this?

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Old 02-01-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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For the dana 44 you have listed, it has the wrong wheel bolt pattern to match your front dana 30. It also would need to have the TJ brackets added.

As for the gears you list.. Who makes them? Walk away if they can't tell you that.. Stick with names, like dana, superior, etc..

The simple answer for your swap would be a 97-06 rear TJ dana 44. figure about 800-1200 used. It will bolt in to your jeep. you may need to mod the driveshaft..

Also you mention 4.88s are you planning to run 35" tires? or bigger? As for towing, the TJ does not make the best tow rig.. as it very short wheel base.

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An 8.8 would be a better, cheaper choice.
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It's got a 6" lift and 35's already on it.. and I am fairly confident its geared at 3.73

Could I just re-gear the d35 and d30? would that toughen it up?

We usually tow the boat with a land rover discovery but just in case, I figured I should beef up.... Because apparently the Jeep... AKA the toughest vehicle in town...... Comes with Dollar Tree axles!
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:49 PM   #5
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You can re-gear, if you do any heavy offroading then you would be better with a D44, whatever you do, do not lock your D35, it will grenade. As soon as the tax man delivers my money I am going to install a D44 with ARB locker and re-gear to 4:88's.
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East Coast Gear Supply sells TJ Ready 8.8 Rears you can order it with gears & lockers or what ever you want, Price is not too bad Drivetrain Specialists East Coast Gear Supply
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What would be best for factory gears on a 8.8....? 4.10 with or with out limited slip?
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What is needed on the Ford 8.8 conversion and what are the best donors? I keep seeing Explorer but is there any particular year? Do you need both front AND rear or just rear?
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That site is a nice site to just buy the axle with brackets if youdont want to do it yourself.. 500$ for 4.88 gears??? No way. The year for the explorers are 95-00 I believe I am planning on doing the swap sometime this summer or fall and do some upgrades and all that junk i can get an 8.8 from a junk yard for 80$ just grinding and all that for the brackets will take awhile. But hey practice makes perfect. Ithink it will be fun.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:36 AM   #10
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And no you do NOT need the front axle from an explorer if you just do rear.. You WILL however need the same gear ratio. And probably just a driveshaft for the 8.8.

Sorry if I messed up on my spelling or something but I'm in class and on my phone lol :-) goes by fast if your on wf lol
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What is needed on the Ford 8.8 conversion and what are the best donors? I keep seeing Explorer but is there any particular year? Do you need both front AND rear or just rear?
Grinder, welder, axle brackets, and time.

You need a brake hose, and I would recommend redoing the bearings on a used axle while it is still out. It's harder when it's installed.

I used U-bolts for my ebrake, but you can buy new cables.

It's not hard, just time consuming. The good part is you can buy the axle, then pick up the parts when you can afford them. If you buy a complete axle, you have to fork over the money all at once.
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Grinder, welder, axle brackets, and time.

You need a brake hose, and I would recommend redoing the bearings on a used axle while it is still out. It's harder when it's installed.

I used U-bolts for my ebrake, but you can buy new cables.

It's not hard, just time consuming. The good part is you can buy the axle, then pick up the parts when you can afford them. If you buy a complete axle, you have to fork over the money all at once.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:58 PM   #13
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Here is a link with some info on the swap and axle specs on the 8.8... IF you decide to go the 8.8 route...

http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...d.php?t=371713
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Thanks guys. Every bit is a help right now. Seems my driveshaft u-joints just took a dive on me so we'll see where this leads. UPGRADES!! Wait, sorry, UpGreyd!

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