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Old 09-20-2008, 10:14 AM   #1
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d35 vs d44

do you think it would be worth the money to try and find a set of d44 or just just upgrade the parts in my d35 i plan on putting a small lift and a set of 33in tires i have not had a lot of dealings with these rear ends the jeep is mostly on the street and seldon in the mud and sand but it does see them some i don't want to upgrade then break something and it be down untill i can find all the parts thanks

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Old 09-20-2008, 10:21 AM   #2
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If you are never going to go over 33's or even 35's in some cases you could look into a super 35. Theres also a 8.8 axle or d44's but s35 sounds fine for you.

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Old 09-20-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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yea 33 is going to be the biggest i use it as a dd and i do see a little hiway i want it to be a multi use jeep not hardcore offroad and not a stock street jeep
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A Super 35 would be fine, it holds up to what most people can dish out to it. But also be aware that used Dana 44 axles out of TJs often go for the $700-800 range and are usually in good shape when you can find one. That's a very simple bolt-on no-modifications needed swap that can easily be done in a couple hours at most.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:24 AM   #5
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i got my d44 for $1000 shipped.. best upgrade ive ever done on my jeep

now im thinkin of getting a 8.8 for the girls jeep.. found one with 3.73S and disc brakes for 200.. then all id need would be the brackets
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:46 PM   #6
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spend a little more and find a sweet deal like this one...

Rear Rock Crusher HP D60 with

62" wm
5 on 5.5 wheel pattern
5.38 with Detroit Locker
Semi Float 35 spline axles with extra axles
ready for link suspension

$2200.00

a local shop here in Arizona is selling
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Ben are you gonna pick that HP D60 up for yourself?
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:46 PM   #8
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if I hadn't just upgraded my D44 to 35 spline axle shafts and ARB in the rear I would.

that is an awesome deal. Even if it means a different bolt pattern.

If I break my rear ring and pinion again I will probably decide to go with a D60.
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Old 09-20-2008, 10:31 PM   #9
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What ratio do you have now?Even though the D44 is a simple bolt in installation you will have to regear the front to match the D44 if its not the same ratio as your old one.I say regear the front assuming you have stock gears and if the 44 is 4.10 and the front is 3.07 then it would be a no brainier which one to regear there but if you are running 4.56 and like it then the 44 would have to be regeared.Anyway you get the point.
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i think it is 3.07 i have an auto and i am going to have to regear anyway it seems to be undergeared now very weak at hiway speeds with the 31's which i know its a brick on wheels but it should atleast maintain its speed rpms are to low 1800-1900 at 65 just trying to get some advice the super 35 kit and new gears will be around 1200 guessing thats not including looking at the front thanks not sure about cost of 44 are they hard to find in a junkyard i know a wrangler is near impossible to find
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:17 AM   #11
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I just upgraded to a Dana 44 w/ a Detroit and 4.56 gears. The new gears and locker are great. However, if you're not regearing and only use it for light off-roading a Dana 35 will be fine with 33". Mine held out for 3 years with 33" tires and still hasn't broken. I just found a new complete D44 package was cheeper than regearing and setting up a Super 35.

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