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csala027 08-16-2013 12:24 PM

New Jeep owner, need info.
 
Hello everyone! I am a proud new owner of a 2002 jeep wrangler sahara. I noticed it has front and rear dana 44 diff. what does that mean for my jeep? what is the value of the dana 44 diff?

any information is appreciated

03 sahara jeeper 08-16-2013 01:02 PM

If it is a sahara model it should have a Dana 30 front axle. The Dana 44 came on the Rubicon. The Dana 30 front axle has a steel fill plug.

interceptor_1972 08-16-2013 02:38 PM

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Originally Posted by csala027 (Post 4085849)
Hello everyone! I am a proud new owner of a 2002 jeep wrangler sahara. I noticed it has front and rear dana 44 diff. what does that mean for my jeep? what is the value of the dana 44 diff?

any information is appreciated

Congrats on the jeep. The front D44 is generally found on Rubicon models and is considered to be a heavier duty axle. Benefit of a D44 would be when it comes to gearing. It is possible the previous owner might have swapped a front able from a Rubicon.

elite56 08-16-2013 02:52 PM

Post a picture of your front and rear axles and we can confirm which axles you have.

Khwaja 08-16-2013 03:32 PM

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New owner of 2006 TJ , trying to build it up as my second drive and for some weekend fun in the desert.

My transmission looks like the pic , appreciate your help in identifying it and any suggestions on mods for desert driving , currently have 31x10.5x15 , k&n intake , banks exhaust .

Appreciate your help

ellman605 08-16-2013 03:40 PM

Front d30, rear d44. Enjoy your strong axles :)

Khwaja 08-16-2013 03:50 PM

Thanks , do I need to worry about regearing or can I add more chunky tires ? Was thinking about 32 or 33".

Unfortunately not many qualified / fair priced garages here in Dubai.

elite56 08-16-2013 06:46 PM

With that axle your definitely good to put 33" tires on it.
As for gearing, you'll definitely want to regear if you go to 33" tires. Which ratio you'll want to regear to completely depends on which transmission you have.

OmniscientHiers 08-16-2013 07:31 PM

32s and 3.73 gears aren't bad.. 33s and up, well you may want to regear.

Khwaja 08-17-2013 06:48 AM

It's a manual 6 gear transmission , done 100k km (65k miles approx). For Sand driving is OME the best suspension or has anyone got better experience .?

greer9904 08-17-2013 07:32 AM

With the 6sp I'm going to say 4:10 gears. But maybe 4:56 my buddy has 33s and 4:56 but he has the reg 5spd and your trans has low gears in it.

MarkGLHS 08-17-2013 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by csala027 (Post 4085849)
Hello everyone! I am a proud new owner of a 2002 jeep wrangler sahara. I noticed it has front and rear dana 44 diff. what does that mean for my jeep? what is the value of the dana 44 diff?

any information is appreciated


Congrats on the purchase, I got the same vehicle July 2012, post up pix if you have them.

The Dana 44 axle was optional on the Sahara (and Sport), if you get your build sheet you would see this line: DRKP Dana 44/226MM Rear Axle. All Dana 44 axles in 2002 came with 3.73:1 gears from the factory. As was said above the D44 is a heavier duty axle than the standard axle. But you don't have a D44 in the front (unless the prior owner did a swap). As for value I think the D44 axle option was priced about $450 in 2002 and does add a tad to the re-sale value of any TJ.

OmniscientHiers 08-17-2013 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Khwaja (Post 4088758)
It's a manual 6 gear transmission , done 100k km (65k miles approx). For Sand driving is OME the best suspension or has anyone got better experience .?

Could you describe sand driving? If you're talking about speed, it takes $$$$. If you're referring to weekend trips to the beach, OME is a great option.

Khwaja 08-17-2013 03:36 PM

By driving on sand I mean dune bashing in the desert ,currently the jeep came with rancho9000 but am not impressed with these as the jeep is already slagging from the rear.

Appreciate your opinion .

OmniscientHiers 08-17-2013 04:51 PM

Budget? Entry-level shocks such as Monroe's (rancho), Bilstein 5100s, and OME aren't up to that performance.

Khwaja 08-18-2013 02:26 AM

Budget is not a constraint , just want to spend it once and get it right. Had OME on my land cruiser and faced no issues.

Thanks

csala027 08-19-2013 02:47 PM

here are some pictures, they arent the best but please help determine what they are.

[IMG]file:///Users/csala027/Downloads/IMAG0026.jpg[/IMG] - rear axle

[IMG]file:///Users/csala027/Downloads/IMAG0025.jpg[/IMG] - front axle

csala027 08-19-2013 02:48 PM

file:///Users/csala027/Downloads/IMAG0025.jpg- front axle

file:///Users/csala027/Downloads/IMAG0026.jpg- rear axle

OmniscientHiers 08-19-2013 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Khwaja (Post 4091724)
Budget is not a constraint , just want to spend it once and get it right. Had OME on my land cruiser and faced no issues.

Thanks

You're talking high-speed, smashing through the woops, and maybe even jumping, correct? That would be pushing OME to the limits.

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Originally Posted by csala027 (Post 4096937)
here are some pictures, they arent the best but please help determine what they are.

Try uploading to tinypic then post the img link.

Khwaja 08-20-2013 12:21 AM

Correct , this driving needs speed at times on rough terrain with lots of airborne activities ;-) , for if you loose the momentum the soft sands have no grip.

So need a very different suspension than conventional.

OmniscientHiers 08-20-2013 03:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Khwaja (Post 4098973)
Correct , this driving needs speed at times on rough terrain with lots of airborne activities ;-) , for if you loose the momentum the soft sands have no grip.

So need a very different suspension than conventional.

Then remote res shocks will be your best friend. I'd say a set of Fox (not emulsion!) remote res is the best investment. The Foxes are mostly rebuildable, so you'll only buy parts which are relatively cheap. With a common monotube you'll be buying a new shock every so often because of fade (resis reduce fading). Also, I'd contact Zukizzy/Wayne on Jeepforum: he can valve them for your needs.

csala027 09-03-2013 10:50 PM

http://i40.tinypic.com/11rgmyw.jpg- rear axle

http://i42.tinypic.com/14kbouu.jpg- front axle

greer9904 09-04-2013 08:15 AM

Dana 44 rear and dana30 front.

csala027 09-04-2013 11:16 PM

so since my jeep is a 2002 the rear dana 44 is an aftermarket part?

kdilly 09-04-2013 11:52 PM

No, it was an option from the factory.

csala027 09-05-2013 10:49 AM

does it make it more valuable? or just a better axle to go off roading?

MarkGLHS 09-05-2013 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by csala027 (Post 4310281)
does it make it more valuable? or just a better axle to go off roading?

oh it might add a couple hundred bucks and yes it is a stronger axle better suited to severe duty.

did you get your build sheet yet?

csala027 09-06-2013 01:40 AM

I went to their website to get it but I never got an email back from them. Little disappointed. It's been 2 days already


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