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Old 01-11-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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Scout Dana 44 axles??

Hey guys a buddy I work with has 5 International Scouts. I can probably get the axles off of him for cheap. I was wondering if this would be worth my time. I would just hang on to the axles for now. I dont plan on doing anything like swapping axles at least for 2 years until my jeep is not my DD. I just wanted opinions from you guys. Will these axles be worth my time if I ever do decide an axle swap? Think I could flip them? I dont know gears or anything? I know they are 70's models
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It would take a lot of work to make them fit under your TJ. You are better off finding TJ axles that are a direct swap.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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It would take a lot of work to make them fit under your TJ. You are better off finding TJ axles that are a direct swap.
Kinda what i was thinking I think those old scout axles go well with old cj's..having leaf springs etc...

But if i get his motor running on his old scout then i could ask to have the axles for free instead of like a case of beer or something.. I dunno if it would be worth my time.. BTW dana 44 axles off a jeep are really hard to find here in arkansas with superlift right down the road from me.
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Unless he has a super surplus of scout axles, I doubt he will will trade them just for getting a motor running....but crazier things have happened.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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Well his father passed away a while back he was big into scouts. So now the son wants to finish what his dad started and finish his build but he's not really mechanically inclined. So me and a friend who is great with vehicles were gonna help him out. So basically yeah I think he might have a couple of dana 44s that he will care nothing about after his Scout gets going....
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:49 PM   #6
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ah, that makes more sense.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:00 PM   #7
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If you can get them cheap enough / fair enough it would be a good conversion.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:02 PM   #8
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That front axle is a passenger side differential, so you'll have to swap in a RH drop transfer case. Depending on the year and model of Scout, the rear axle could be an offset diff as well, if it was equipped with a Dana 18 transfer case
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Ill post back when i know more in the upcoming months thanks guys.
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In addition to the issues Patrick mentioned, Scout front axles were typically set with 0° caster. To make them work on a Jeep you need to grind the welds on the knuckles/axle tubes, rotate the knuckle to the required caster (commonly 6° +/- 1° ), and re-weld.
You'll also need to weld new spring buckets for coils or perches for leaves, depending on your plan.
Of course you'll have to match gearing to your current rig if you are only doing one axle... otherwise make sure gearing matches in both axles you install... and that gearing is a good match for your tire size.
Since these are 70's axles, probably best to do a master rebuild on the R&P in them, even if you keep the existing gears.
Also keep in mind that the front axle wheel bearings are not sealed like on a TJ, so they require maintenance frequently. Especially if you run in conditions that are dusty, muddy, or involve water.

Then there's the brake issues...

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:52 PM   #11
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And, in addition to the issues Lynn, mentioned
If they're early enough, the front axles will be the closed-knuckle design, which is inherently leaky, have poor turning radius, and take a bit more to set up because you have to set the king pin bearing preload with shims under the top king pin bearing cap.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:53 PM   #12
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Yeah ill probably pass on them thanks for the info always glad to learn new things

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