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firefighterwhiskey 01-28-2013 06:45 PM

Axle help!!
Ok so some of you know that my axle failed me. The ring and pinion broke some teeth on it and in turn did a lot of damage to my rear axle . Im looking and needing to get it fixed ( right now I have some used parts in it at least I can drive it) I found a used dana 44 for cheep but that what I originally had and dont want to go through this again. So my question is. Is a dana 44 going to be ok to go with or should I upgrade to a dana 60. I have a 06 LJ rubicon with 37" on it . This is what thay are saying caused the problem. I also have someone thinking that the gears were installed incorrectly. Any advice would be great!

Full Spool 01-28-2013 08:46 PM

What you gain in clearance with 37' tires you will lose with the bigger pumpkin of the D60.


Originally Posted by firefighterwhiskey (Post 3290919)
I also have someone thinking that the gears were installed incorrectly. Any advice would be great!

Did it fail at high speed, or crawling? Was the oil metallic?

firefighterwhiskey 01-28-2013 09:08 PM

No it failed while turning out of my neighborhood. I dont know how the oil looked but as soon as we took the cover off you could see teeth missing and the axle housing was bent.

Full Spool 01-28-2013 10:04 PM

I have over 100,000 on my rear 44, and it's wheeled hard and never failed. I'd put in another to avoid all the other fabrication it would take to make a different model fit. Jeeps break, and we fix them. Get some yukon gears and get back in the dirt.

firefighterwhiskey 01-29-2013 11:27 PM

Sounds good to me!!

Oldguy 01-30-2013 07:13 AM

A 44 can take a lot if you're running 33's or 35's. With 37's things get kinda sketchy. You might consider a Ford 8.8. That would put you somewhere between a 44 and 60 in strength and would hold up better with 37's.

Bumble77 01-30-2013 10:18 AM

Here's a guy that's dropped by this forum a couple times. He is running 40's on 44's. In the comments you can see some of the changes he made to his axle in order to handle the added stress.

Feel free to ask him any questions, he's always been helpful.

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