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Old 09-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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recommendation on new axle

Well the ol 35 gave out yesterday. Unfortunately I do not have any hair raising trail ride story to accompany the reason. Soooo since it is broken I am needing to replace. I dont think I want to rebuild the 35 since it has already let me down once. So I am thinking about going to a d44 bolt up axel for a 99 sahara. Any recommendations on a good place with deals going on?

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Old 09-01-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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Well the ol 35 gave out yesterday. Unfortunately I do not have any hair raising trail ride story to accompany the reason. Soooo since it is broken I am needing to replace. I dont think I want to rebuild the 35 since it has already let me down once. So I am thinking about going to a d44 bolt up axel for a 99 sahara. Any recommendations on a good place with deals going on?
Well, a 44 from another TJ is the path of least resistance, however they can be expensive, even used.

Mine was used from an 02 Sport that had been scrapped. In this case, one axleshaft was bent, the side gears were badly damaged, backing plate was bent, the whole thing needed to be rebuilt.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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I ended up going with an 8.8 from ECGS last Oct. and could not be happier!
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I ended up going with an 8.8 from ECGS last Oct. and could not be happier!
Locked and eveything? I looked at their website and it was riduclously expensive
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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I do appreciate the insight and all but I am looking for a little less of a project. My skills are beginner to say the least, and I really dont want somebody else working on my jeep (if I can avoid it)
I am mainly looking to get one pretty much fabbed up and ready to bolt up.
Thanks for the response though. Your final product looks good! Wish I had the time and skill to do some work like that.
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A used Dana 44 out of a TJ is what I replaced my first TJ's Dana 35 with. That turned out to be a great decision that worked out well for the final 14 years I had that Jeep with its D44 before it was stolen.

Personally, I'm no fan of the Ford 8.8 even though it admittedly works well for several friends of mine. Its pumpkin is offset so it doesn't quite line up with the transfer case output shaft, and its pumpkin is bigger so you need bigger tires to obtain the same ground clearance you'd get with a Dana 44. The Dana 30 has 30 spline axle shafts, the 8.8 has 31 spline shafts so while it is a tad stronger, it's not significantly stronger. Besides, the D44 can be upgraded to 33 or 35 spline shafts if you ever wanted to... or simply aftermarket hardened alloy 30 spline shafts like from G2 that are stronger than the 8.8's 31 spline carbon steel shafts.

Finding a used Dana 44 out of a TJ isn't easy but it's not impossible either, one came to me via a friend without much active looking. Just make sure the D44 is out of a TJ so it will bolt right up. There are a lot of D44 axles out there from other vehicles which would be as much of a job getting to mount into a TJ as an 8.8 would be.
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I do appreciate the insight and all but I am looking for a little less of a project. My skills are beginner to say the least, and I really dont want somebody else working on my jeep (if I can avoid it)
I am mainly looking to get one pretty much fabbed up and ready to bolt up.
Thanks for the response though. Your final product looks good! Wish I had the time and skill to do some work like that.
That being the case, there are D44 TJ's out there for sale ready to bolt-in, as well as the 8.8 conversion. Just a matter of time, search, and dough.

Best of luck, and I will steer a candidate your way should I become aware.
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I would have gone with the 44 if they were easier to find and didnt cost an arm an a leg...so with that said, i recently put in a Ford 8.8 and am very happy with it. The pumpkin does hang lower than the d44 does but i run a decent enough setup to run 35's to give the pumpkin a bit more clearance. The axle, with chromoly front shafts, and a 4.88 regear cost me 2k out the door so i was happy with it (just the axle and regear was 1500).
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:44 AM   #9
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Got the d35 removed and... well... one project turns into another.
Upon further inspection of the frame my trail are brackets are pretty well eat up. I looked into the safe t cap replacements. Does anybody have any thoughts on these?
Since I have the back axle out im pretty much planning on doing everything I can to beef up and re-fresh the rear end.
Safe-T-Caps (ART124S)
Rear Control arms upper and lower
Bump stops (both broke when I pulled the springs out)
Dana 44 Axle
Rebuild drum brakes (passenger side wasnt even working!)
I dont see me getting this done any time soon which is a bummer but I am looking forward to not having to worry about it anymore.
If anybody has any recommendations or advice on these projects please let me know!
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