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sr9ruger 07-28-2008 06:14 PM

Dana 44?
How do I know if I have a Dana 44 rear axle Vs Dana 35? What is the difference? I printed a Carfax report on my Jeep before I bought it and the specs had it as having a Dana 44. I was told by a friend that the Dana 44 axle is better. Can I crawl under and see it imprinted on the axle or under the hood on a sticker? Your help is greatly appreciated. I have a 2002 Wrangler (Sport).

Felsengleiskette 07-28-2008 06:17 PM

it should be stamped into the casting or on a metal tag mounted near or on the pumpkin. i thought only the rubicons have D44's

nicolas-eric 07-28-2008 06:21 PM

sr9ruger 07-28-2008 06:22 PM

What is the pumpkin?

nicolas-eric 07-28-2008 06:23 PM


Originally Posted by Felsengleiskette (Post 250054)
i thought only the rubicons have D44's

wrong! i also have a stock rear d44. :punk:

sr9ruger 07-28-2008 06:23 PM

I guess its the shape that signifies what it is.

Jerry Bransford 07-28-2008 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by sr9ruger (Post 250059)
What is the pumpkin?

The center pumpkin-shaped/size housing that the differential is inside of and the axle tubes are connected to. It's also what you add oil to. :)

Jerry Bransford 07-28-2008 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by Felsengleiskette (Post 250054)
i thought only the rubicons have D44's

The Unlimited comes with a rear Dana 44, and a rear Dana 44 to replace the standard Dana 35c rear axle is optionally available with TJs that have the 4.0L engine.

If the cover over the differential has a pure oval shape and it has a black plastic snap-in cover over the lubricant fill hole, you have have the standard Dana 35c axle. If the cover is stop-sign shaped and it has a threaded steel bolt in the lubricant fill hole, you are fortunate to have the stronger optional extra-cost Dana 44 rear axle.

No matter what axle you have in the rear, your front axle is a Dana 30.

Barrie 07-28-2008 06:25 PM

If you have a 44 rear end it should have a metal fill/check plug on the rear cover instead of a rubber plug. :)

sr9ruger 07-28-2008 06:32 PM

Well what I will do is look at the shape and check to see if it has a metal fill/check plug. Thanks.

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