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Old 04-24-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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I came across what seems to be a smoking deal on some axles. Its a Ford D44 and 9" out of 1978 Bronco. There's an ARB in the front and its got 5.13 gears front and rear for $1000.

What are your thoughts on this? He had them sold but it fell through. From what I've "read" I'll need to re-sleeve the axles or run the ford radius arm??

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I got some heartburn from the "never driven in winter" statement. WHO, in WI does not drive a 4X4 in the winter?????

I would look warily at this, for sure.
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When I was building my CJ5 (that I have since sold, regrettably) I was going to run the same set up in, but never could find a set that I could afford.

I don't know the details involved for the swap, but I know the axles are beefy. You would need to do some cutting and welding...
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bc3 my thoughts exactly. I want to move up to 35s and the 5.13 gears and added strength would be awesome, but I dropped money on a RE superflex already...

NC I've read in a few places that there's some type of issue with the shock or spring mounts and needing to resleeve.
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If that's the case I'd opt for an 8.8 from ECGS and regear the D30 and you'll be money ahead. (you may need to upgrade the axles on the front for 35's if you wheel hard though.)
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I came across what seems to be a smoking deal on some axles. Its a Ford D44 and 9" out of 1978 Bronco. There's an ARB in the front and its got 5.13 gears front and rear for $1000.

What are your thoughts on this? He had them sold but it fell through. From what I've "read" I'll need to re-sleeve the axles or run the ford radius arm??
Hey, I have a 93 YJ that I put a 44 and a 9" in but they are from a 76 bronco, they r shorter than a 78. I cut the radius arm brackets off and put spring perches on.
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being from the 79, the front axle has cast wedges. for an axle swap into a non-Bronco application, that is not desirable at all because most will tell you it's necessary to retube the axle to weld spring perches on. there is no tube under the wedges, and welding to the cast wedges isn't recommended.

here's more info:
Dana 44 Solid Front Axle: Reverse Spiral and Standard Housing info..*

If you want to get real fancy, you could pick up an F250 HPD44 front w/ 1/2" tubes, shorten it to TJ width, use D30/Rubi D44 outers, and probably use Rubicon shafts. I've always wanted to see somebody do that...but it's a lot of work to still end up with D30 ball joints.
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Unlimited, that's what I had figured. The guy seems nice enough so if you know of anyone looking for axles for a comparable swap, they should hit him up.
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Unlimited, that's what I had figured. The guy seems nice enough so if you know of anyone looking for axles for a comparable swap, they should hit him up.
The axle tubes r not cast, they r steel, they can b cut with a pipe cutter, shorten and welded back to desired length. The axle shafts them selves r a different story, you pretty much have to buy them.
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The drivers side is shorter and may b a problem.

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