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Old 08-17-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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How difficult is an axle install

want to buy a G2 Dana 44 35 spline with ARB and disk brakes new.
I also need to get a SYE/drive shaft installed.

how difficult is it to install an entire axle assembly in your garage? (i have access to a auto shop, however)
is it a matter of bolting it on and aligning the pinion/depth, and setting the backlash and checking tooth patter. Or is the axle assembled already, with proper torque on the pinion nut and backlash and depth set?

as for the SYE, if i install a SYE and shaft with my dana 35 in, what do i need to change for the dana 44? or is it possible to get a set up that would work well with stock dana 35 and also bolt on to D44 with 1310 yoke? seems like the size of the yoke would mix things up. and i dont know how much more the pinion sticks out on the 44.

another quick question. If i got the 30 spline instead and wanted to switch to the 35, what all needs to be changed in the carrier assembly before you install the larger?? axle shafts?

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Old 08-17-2012, 04:23 AM   #2
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The axle will come assembled ready to bolt in, as far as sye with a 35 you will need a different driveshaft for the 44 I believe

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Rear axle install took me about six hours. The D35 and D44 will use the same driveshaft; however, the length of the shaft will be different.
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If you change spline count you aren't getting a larger axle shaft, you just get more surface area of contact with the side gears in the differential. If you're ordering the axle with an arb you have to order it with a 35 spline ARB.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:11 AM   #5
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Rear axle install took me about six hours. The D35 and D44 will use the same driveshaft; however, the length of the shaft will be different.
If the length is different how can you say it's the same? I will be doing this swap in the near future and was trying to figure out if I needed a new shaft. Maybe I will wait on the swap until I get my lift and SYE and do it all at once.

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The 35 and the Ford 8.8 can use the same shaft though if you have considered that option
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sweet I cant wait to get my 8.8 3 more weeks!
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If the length is different how can you say it's the same? I will be doing this swap in the near future and was trying to figure out if I needed a new shaft. Maybe I will wait on the swap until I get my lift and SYE and do it all at once.

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They both use the same 1310 u-joints thus the shaft is the same style. The problem is with length. Make sense now?
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They both use the same 1310 u-joints thus the shaft is the same style. The problem is with length. Make sense now?
Yes it does......since you added "type"

Will my shaft be too long? <---never thought i would get to say that
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Nope, I'm running the same shaft with my 8.8 that I did with my 35

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