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Old 03-02-2014, 12:16 AM   #1
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dana 44 from 76 scout II ?

in demanding need to either rebuild or replace my rear axle. found add on CL for dana 44's front and back off a 76 scout II. will this work? I have a 4.2 l il6 88yj on 33's

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Old 03-02-2014, 01:11 AM   #2
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Ford 8.8 would be a good choice for the rear.

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hey hawaii50 yeah ive heard a lot of the 8.8 swap as the most common. im on schofield as well and haven't found any 8.8 other then from mustangs. would that work? everything ive seen says to pull em from 94 explorers.
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You could do the scout axles but also plan on a lot more work. The track width is wider so you'll be narrowing the axles a bit and moving all mounts. Also plan on some extra cash for new wheels since the bolt pattern is larger on the Scout. Look on Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market to find the Ford 8.8 rear. It's an easier swap.
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thanks jkilbert for the helpful link but yeah couldn't find any 8.8s on there. is the 8.8 easier then the dana 44?
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thanks jkilbert for the helpful link but yeah couldn't find any 8.8s on there. is the 8.8 easier then the dana 44?
The 8.8 is close to stock length so you would just have to cut off the stock perches and a few other things then mount them on the 8.8. I believe you can also by a kit so you won't have to use the stock hardware.
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you want an axle from a 90's explorer not just 94. 95 and up have disc brakes, 94 and down drum. should be an easy find ford made a million of them.
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The Dana44 in a Scout II is a passenger side drop, so the front axle wouldn't work for a YJ wrangler.

And the Scout has a bolt pattern of 5 on 5.5" and a YJ is 5 on 4.5" So if you swapped the rear axle in, you would need 2 different spares or be able to change just a tire onto the wheel out in the woods or trails.

Like was said above, the Ford 8.8 is a good axle to go with for a swap. Its a lot of work, but worth it in the end. The earlier axles up to 94 still have drum brakes, and the 95-01 Explorer or the Mercury Mountaineer have disc brakes on them. You want to make sure it has 31 spline axles. That is the key point. Some have 28 spline.

I have a Ford 8.8 in mine, "because that was the popular thing to do". I have over $1500 into the swap, mainly because I am extremely "anal" when it comes to doing things right and not using second-hand, used, rusty parts. The only thing original to the axle is the housing and the axle shafts. All other parts have been replaced, but that's just me. You can get it under your Jeep and working for less than a grand.
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Some people are able to get it under the jeep and running for under $500.
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Some people are able to get it under the jeep and running for under $500.
I am sure that is possible, but only if you get lucky enough to get a Ford axle with the exact same gearing in it as what you need. Since the OP is having a tough time finding an 8.8 to begin with, it is going to be near impossible to find the same gears, much less get away with swapping it for $500.
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True. Sucks being on the island sometimes ....

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