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Old 02-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #1
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Dana 44 questions

I found a Guy parting out a 72 Jeep commando. Its got a Dana 44 in it and I need to replace my Dana 35. He doesn't know what gears it has in it, could it have 4:10 gears in it and is it worth getting? Would it have the wrong bolt pattern?

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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According to: Jeep Axles - Dana 44 Rear Axle

"The Dana 44 used in the '72-'73 Jeepster Commandos with the one piece shafts is an excellent low buck swap for '76-'86 CJs. It bolts right on, has 30 spline one piece shafts, and is narrow track width."

So it's too narrow for a YJ, and has a different bolt pattern.

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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Ok thanks that's kinda what o figured
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:25 PM   #4
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You could use a Ford 8.8 ,Scout 2 Dana 44 ,or Ford 9"
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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How would a ford 8.8 hold up? I am thinking about dropping one into my tj to replace the dana 35. I'd be running 35s on it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:01 PM   #6
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I had the same question - I need to find something to replace the Dana 35 rear - my 35s have torn it up. I don't know whether a Ford 8.8 or Dana 44 would be better and what is the easiest conversion considering brake cables, welding, etc.. Please any advice
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:37 PM   #7
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The Ford 8.8 is a popular swap, strong axle, the right bolt pattern, 95 and newer Explorer has disk brakes, common jeep gears including 4.10:1 and factory LSD, lots of aftermarket support. M.O.R.E. has a host of swap parts they even have e-brake cables for a Jeep Wrangler.
Only two down sides 1) c-clip design (same as D-35) and 2) if your doing some heavy wheeling have the housing welded to the axle tubes. I picked one up for $150 with the u-bolts.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #8
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What axles can b used out of Cherokees, sport and grand? I'm continuously searching for a rear end just not finding anything cheep enough I need the 4:10 gears

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