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Old 05-15-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Dana 44 install

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

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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You bought a weak axle with an aluminum center section. Also, you really can't get any good traction aids for it.


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Old 05-15-2012, 11:24 AM   #3
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The D44 on the ZJs had an aluminum center section, and the generally accepted knowledge on tech forums is that the ZJ D44 is an undesireable candidate for swapping into a TJ.

I don't have details, you'll have to research for more info.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:03 PM   #5
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Hmm ok well that sucks. So any way of upgrading it or just a paper weight
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #6
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Sorry....paperweight. Recycle it for the cost of the aluminum.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:07 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:08 PM   #8
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Toss that aluminum D44a axle and chalk it up to experience. No, there is no way to upgrade it.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:12 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:12 PM   #10
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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.
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Oh, and another cool option is the Isuzu Corporate 12 bolt axle. It would also need the brackets welded on.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:24 PM   #12
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Damn well I payed $150 for the pair so not that big of a loss but still
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:27 PM   #13
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Anything worth saving off of the axle. Gears? Brakes.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:35 PM   #14
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Would I be able to use the gear out of the 30 from the front or is that crap too
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Don't reuse used gears, they are too hard to set up again. In fact, many installers charge more to install used gears for that reason.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:02 PM   #16
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Alright well this sucks.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:25 PM   #17
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What if I replace the pumpkin with a different one or does the not exist
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:40 PM   #18
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Never mind it's junk just looked at it in detail. Crappy axles

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