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Old 10-31-2007, 05:58 PM   #1
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Question D44 swap? or fix stock axle issues?

Hey guys, I bought at 90 YJ and I'm having an issue with my rear axle. I need to see if you guys can give me some advice. I know a little, but just not enough..

Under power the pumpkin shifts up and down about 3 inches both ways totaling about 6 inches. I'm not sure if it's the whole axle or just the diff. What could cause this? It started happening after the first time I took it off road. Any suggestions on where to look on the axle? cause visibly I see nothing wrong.

Also, I have a set (front and back) of Dana 44s from a 70's wagoneer and wanted to know if this swap would be worth the effort, or if I should just fix the axles on the jeep. I know they are 6 lug and I have to replace the wheels, that's no big deal. But how about the gearing? Cheap way to change the stock 3:10s(?) that the d44s have? As far as any fabrication needed, it isn't a huge issue, I work at a body shop. But I do need to know how in depth its going to be before going into it. Will I be able to get my money back out of re-gearing and rebuilding the d44s should I ever sell? I'm already $3500 into my YJ. Thanks for your help guys!

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:16 PM   #2
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id say pull the cover off the 35 and see whats going on and for building the axles id say itll be worth it

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Old 11-02-2007, 10:35 AM   #3
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when you say "the pumpkin shifts up and down" do you mean, 'the pinion rotates up and down?'
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