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?
"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.
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
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.