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Old 05-11-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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Wondering about this D44

Hey guys I have a guy selling a Dana 44 for 300$
I want to know if this is a good deal... it say 5 on 5.5 lug pattern, idk the gears.
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pass, that bolt pattern is either a scout or a waggy axle, that may even be a rear offset axle that is completely useless.

i got my scout d44's for 100 each, and i got a spare rear for free.

if it is not offset rear, and it has some sort of gearing and locker you want, its almost an ok price.

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Old 05-11-2009, 04:34 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks. Where could I find a cheap set? I want my D35 gone soon.
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no such thing as a tj cheap d44.

i guess you could adapt a scout d44, you'd have to weld all the brackets on for the coil suspension, and the bolt pattern is 5x5.5, but i'm not a tj guy, so maybe someone else has better info.
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Unless you find a TJ 44 nothing is going to just bolt in. However if it were me that was in the market I'd go with an 8.8 over another 44 (non-tj). Ford 8.8's are the same bolt pattern as a Jeep axle and are within half inch on the width. You will have to add brackets, but they are 31 spline if you get it from an Explorer. Late models have disk brakes, but the drum brake versions are okay as well. You should be able to find one in the 200 range.
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Unless you find a TJ 44 nothing is going to just bolt in. However if it were me that was in the market I'd go with an 8.8 over another 44 (non-tj). Ford 8.8's are the same bolt pattern as a Jeep axle and are within half inch on the width. You will have to add brackets, but they are 31 spline if you get it from an Explorer. Late models have disk brakes, but the drum brake versions are okay as well. You should be able to find one in the 200 range.
After this past weekend at Pyeatt... I'm gonna pass on 8.8's. I seen one axle shaft spin inside the splines leaving the splines wedged into the carrier.
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Ok so Ford 8.8's are another way to go?
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After this past weekend at Pyeatt... I'm gonna pass on 8.8's. I seen one axle shaft spin inside the splines leaving the splines wedged into the carrier.
So the the splines broke like a shell? Or are you talking the tube spun in the diff?

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Ok so Ford 8.8's are another way to go?
Yes it is another way to go. It's a C-Clip axle, but honestly in all the wheelin I've done I've never seen on break the C-Clip. It has bigger tubes than a 44 does, the ring gear is bigger along with it being 31 spline as opposed to 30 on a 44. Give the tubes a good spot weld at 12/3/6/9 and you won't have tube spinning problems.

Now if you can find a TJ 44 then of course that's the easiest swap there is for a D35c.
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Ok, I hope to find a cheap one..
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Ok, I hope to find a cheap one..
whats considered cheap ?
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in the 100-400 range...?
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:39 PM   #12
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i do see some out here in utah that are within that $$ range, but no chance youre gonna get it shipped to south carolina cheap ! haha sorry man, i tried.
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the tj d44's i see must be made of gold. everyone i see is stupid expensive.
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i didnt mean a tj d44 within that price range, just decent d44's in general.

i honestly cant remember the last time i saw a tj d44 for sale here.
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So the the splines broke like a shell? Or are you talking the tube spun in the diff?
The splines broke off. Then end of the shaft that was attached to the splines looked like a sharpened pencil.

I'll see if Dave or anyone got pictures.
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Jack, here is the busted 8.8 shaft... and it was a 31 spline.

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Hell that's how most shafts are when they break. Twisted until it couldn't anymore.
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I gave up on looking for a D44. everyone wants too damn much money for them.

I just went junkyard raiding yesterday and bought an 8.8 out of a 98 explorer w/4:11s and disc brakes for $55. I know i need the brackets ($250 ish) to weld on, and I think I need something else too, but I cant remember what. But after a nights work and a case I should have a fairly descent rear for $300 ish.
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^right on, good find.
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Only other things you'll need are brake lines and either a U-joint yoke for the axle or a flange yoke for your driveshaft. You can get the brake line at the dealership by using two passenger side 8.8 lines.


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I gave up on looking for a D44. everyone wants too damn much money for them.

I just went junkyard raiding yesterday and bought an 8.8 out of a 98 explorer w/4:11s and disc brakes for $55. I know i need the brackets ($250 ish) to weld on, and I think I need something else too, but I cant remember what. But after a nights work and a case I should have a fairly descent rear for $300 ish.
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Jack, here is the busted 8.8 shaft... and it was a 31 spline.


what size tire was on the other end, I've never seen a 8.8 break.
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Only 35" tires on an XJ. Reason I'm skipping a 8.8 is I'm thinking of just going up to 37's.

The 8.8 is not a bad axle at all. Just be sure to find a couple of spare axles. I believe they are same length on each side, so one shaft should be good.

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