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Old 08-28-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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one D44 swap question...I swear

I have read the driveshaft needs to be shortened to do this. I also read on one of the many forums(not sure which)that if it is lifted you might not have too. Is there a standard amount you shorten it? How much lift do you need for the D35 shaft to work?

Damn it...that was two questions

Jerry, I believe it was your post somewhere that lead me to this.

I want to get it under the Jeep to make sure there are no hidden problems with it. I have the option to send it back if there is.

The axle came out of an 05 LJ and is going in an 05 TJ.

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Old 08-28-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
Knows a couple things...

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The D44's pinion gear shaft yoke is positioned out about an inch further than a Dana 35's is. That is due to the D44's larger ring gear diameter.

If the lift was tall enough you could reuse the same driveshaft that was there for the D35 but for short or no lift the driveshaft should be shortened about an inch. Doing a little right-triangle math (a2+b2=c20) says a 3" suspension lift will create enough additional space for a stock length driveshaft after a Dana 44 has replaced the OE Dana 35.

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Old 08-28-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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Damn and I like math.......should've thought about it a little more. Ahhh who am I kidding I still would've asked. I was hoping my 2" bb would have been enough. I am gonna check the amount of slip I have at ride height, maybe I will get lucky.

Thanks Jerry.
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