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Old 10-03-2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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So I have a 2000 TJ with the standard axles geared at 3.73. I would like to upgrade the axles to a D44 with at least a 4.10 gearing. I assume the XJ axles are a drop in, what about other D44 axles off cherokees or other Jeep products. Are they just drop in too? I want larger tires, but need stronger axles. I do the Moab thing quite a few times a year. I have never dealt with axles at all so any help would be nice.

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So I have a 2000 TJ with the standard axles geared at 3.73. I would like to upgrade the axles to a D44 with at least a 4.10 gearing. I assume the XJ axles are a drop in, what about other D44 axles off cherokees or other Jeep products. Are they just drop in too? I want larger tires, but need stronger axles. I do the Moab thing quite a few times a year. I have never dealt with axles at all so any help would be nice.
Negative. The xj is leaf sprung and it's prolly a Chrysler 8.25. The only drop in option u have is out of another tj. All grand cherokees are aluminum. Boo. Most guys get an 8.8 from a ford explorer. They got disc brakes too. U still have to cut off hangers and reweld though.

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Thanks Ed.
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I put in a D44 out of a 2004 Rubicon which has the disk brakes as well. It is a simple swap, no welding or other mods needed. I recommend 456 gearing if you plan on running 33 inch tires.
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I just put the Super 35 kit in my TJ. 30 spline axels 4.56 gears and detroit locker in rear for less than 2k. Go 4.56 gears if you want 33's and have a manual tranny.
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I also went with super 35,30 spline alloy axles ox locker very happy with it.But I wish I would of took that money I spent and put it towards a 44.I catch myself always waiting for that pop.
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Why not just do 4.88 gearing
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Why not just do 4.88 gearing
The OP hasn't told us what tire size he plans to go to yet or what transmission he has yet. It'd be tough for me to make a ratio recommendation without knowing the tire size and transmission type.
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The OP hasn't told us what tire size he plans to go to yet or what transmission he has yet. It'd be tough for me to make a ratio recommendation without knowing the tire size and transmission type.
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It is an 3 speed auto and for tires I thought I would be fine with my 31s. Now that I have 31s I want 32s or 33s and then I wonder when I get there if I will want 35s. I figure a D44 axle will give me expansion options in the future.
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For 33's, 4.10 would be a good choice. 4.56 is perfect for 4.88 for your particular transmission. It's not worth regearing until you get to 33" since your automatic's torque converter partially compensates for being undergeared with say a 32".
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A Ford 8.8 is going to run you less then a Dana 44, as long as you know your way around a differential and can get some welding done for a good price. It's also a stronger axle then the Dana 44, only weaker then the D60. Try to find a 1995-2000 axle out of a Ford Explorer with disc brakes and an LSD if you don't want to installer a locker immediately. Most come with 4.10 gears (like mine) so you're set for 33" tires already.

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