Is the D44 in the back of my '04 Unlimited the same as the one in the '04Rubicon?
A guy from my jeep club bought an air locker that came out of the D44 in the back of an '04 Rubicon to put into the D44 in the back of his '99 Sport. He found out that it would not fit into his D44 without a lot of machine work. He told me that the D44 in my '04 Unlimited was the same as the one in the Rubicon, but mine came with the LS diff instead of the air locker. Anyone know if this is a true statement?
He's offered to sell it to me for a great price, but I don't want to do it if it won't bolt in without a lot of extra work.
Dimensionally inside, they are slightly different so the D44 used in the Rubicon is indeed slightly different than the standard TJ D44 in your Unlimited. Externally they are interchangeable but something is different inside that I'm not really sure exactly what it is. Go with an ARB Air Locker if you want your D44 to have an air locker.
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If I wasn't getting the Rubi locker and the axle at the same time I wouldn't mess with all of the other little things you have to do to make it work. Thick gears, a litting grinding on the inside of the housing etc.....
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