Just bought a dana 44 that was on a 96 grand Cherokee limited. What do I need to do to it to install it on my 97 wrangler. It has disc brakes and mine has drums. Will all the brackets work. Will the alignment be good
Originally Posted by Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine
Dana 44-The infamous aluminum differential found in the Jeep grand Cherokee is noisy and problematic with spun bearings and a weak differential housing. It also has a ring-gear offset that is not the same as a regular dana 44.
This is from a magazine article on junkyard axle swaps for jeeps a few years back.
Hmm ok well that sucks. So any way of upgrading it or just a paper weight
There's no way to upgrade it that I know of. I don't believe the suspension brackets are the same as the TJ's, so you'd probably have to buy and install TJ brackets on it. It's just not worth it. Sorry.
If you have a Dana 35, you could always install a Super 35 kit to increase it's strength. Installing a Ford 8.8 is another option. If you really want a Dana 44 and can't find a good deal on a used TJ axle, you could always look for an Izuzu Dana 44 and then install TJ brackets on it. Here's an article on that: http://www.jpmagazine.com/techarticl...s/viewall.html
Another option is the Cherokee (XJ) Dana 44 if you can find one cheap. You'd have to install the TJ brackets on it, too, but I believe the axle tubes on the XJ Dana 44 are stronger/thicker than the TJ's.
put it on craigslist and try to get your money back out of it. somebody with a stock Grand Cherokee which will never see upgrades might have blown theirs. it might sit in your garage for a year though. otherwise haul to the scrapper.