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Old 09-19-2013, 12:26 PM   #1
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D35 swap to D44?

I have a '97 TJ with a D35 and am looking at swapping in a 2006 D44. Are they compatible to swap out if gearing is the same? Thanks for input.

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yep, may need the brake lines and parking brake cables as well, as most of the 44's have disc brakes

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Okay I looked at the d44 that is for sale and where the springs are mounted don't match and the axle seems to be wider so I am thinking that it may be newer than a 2006? He is selling the set but I am really only interested in the d44.
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I cant tell in the pic and am in way the pro here on axles, but if it is wider then it is not from a TJ/LJ (originally)
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #5
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I cant tell in the pic and am in way the pro here on axles, but if it is wider then it is not from a TJ/LJ (originally)
Yah, the pic is what the person selling sent me. Not much help. I am thinking I may need to pass on it as I don't want to get into a costly mistake.
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Those don't look like tj axles have him send u pics of the covers. And c if they look like tj axles. The rear one almost looks like a round cover but that could b the angle. And some better pics of them. And he said they came out of an 06 tj?
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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I have a 2005 tj with a Dana 44 in the rear with drum brakes. Easy swap
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:32 PM   #8
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yeah, that rear axle doesn't look like a D44.
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:47 PM   #9
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Those don't look like tj axles have him send u pics of the covers. And c if they look like tj axles. The rear one almost looks like a round cover but that could b the angle. And some better pics of them. And he said they came out of an 06 tj?
Yes, he said they came off a 2006 but he sold his jeep and never installed these axles. It is a d44 but I don't believe they came off of a tj.
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Yep that's a 44. have him measure the axle for you
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That looks like a JK pair of axles to me.
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Okay, they are JK axles with 4:10 gears. The the question is can the rear JK axle be modified to fit my TJ?
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Okay, they are JK axles with 4:10 gears. The the question is can the rear JK axle be modified to fit my TJ?
Yes it can be however it is not cost effective at all.
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yep thats a JK rear.

Its about 5" wider, has a 5x5" wheel pattern (yours in 5x4.5), and takes a funky repezza joint for the yoke, and completely different brackets... All those things can be fixed/moded but it will add up to over 1000$ if new parts are bought to adapter all thats different.

Not to mention if you have a stock geared, non 4cyl jeep, then something will need to be regeared, as yours now is likely a 3.07 or 3.73.
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yep, may need the brake lines and parking brake cables as well, as most of the 44's have disc brakes
My 04 tj has D44 but drums is that unusual?
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yep thats a JK rear.

Its about 5" wider, has a 5x5" wheel pattern (yours in 5x4.5), and takes a funky repezza joint for the yoke, and completely different brackets... All those things can be fixed/moded but it will add up to over 1000$ if new parts are bought to adapter all thats different.

Not to mention if you have a stock geared, non 4cyl jeep, then something will need to be regeared, as yours now is likely a 3.07 or 3.73.
Yup, I am bailing on the axles. I will keep looking. May end up doing the 8.8 axle instead if I am unable to find a TJ d44 that I can afford.
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My 04 tj has D44 but drums is that unusual?
are you sure they are from 2004 tj? cause what i know is that from 2003 all d44 were disc brakes and 2002 down they were drums. i got me a rear d44 from 2002
and it came with drums. I'm in the process of swapping to disc brakes. not unless the po had made the swap from an older tj and thats why it has the d44 with drums.
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