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Old 02-17-2014, 04:06 PM
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05 LJ with a Dana 44

Ok so I have been looking all through the forums and I can not find the answer to my questions so I thought I would start a new thread. Does anybody have a link to detailed information about Dana 44 axles. I have a bad shaft on the left side of my rear 44 and I am on info overload from various sites like 4wd. I am just trying to replace my axle shaft I would like to get the lock ring, bearing, seal, and retainer plate already on it but I do not have to. There seem to be several different spline counts and shaft lengths. Also is there a difference between the left side shaft and the right side shaft. I did not notice a difference when I installed the new bearings and seals but everywhere I looked they list right side and left side separately. Thanks for any help in advance.

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all TJ D44s are 30-spline from the factory. the left and right side are different lengths.

what's wrong with your rear axle shaft that you need a new one?

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Old 02-17-2014, 04:46 PM
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The left side had a small leak so I replaced the seals on both sides to ensure that I would not have a leak on the other side. If I inadvertently put the right on the left and the left on the right would that cause a major leak?
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The right side is 1/2 longer than the left side. I wouldn't think you'd be able to get the retainer plate and seal installed correctly on the left side if you reversed them.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:30 PM
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I found another source that suggested that the axles only differ a 1/2 inch in length. I believe that I did switch the sides the side that is leaking measured 29 1/8 long it was on the left side the measurement that I found suggest that is the right side shaft. I do not know how I did this and was able to drive it but I did. Hopefully because I did not drive it very far I did not Hurt anything else.
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Hopefully it will go together properly and not leak when you switch them back.
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If it does leak would you think it will just need a new seal and bearing?
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yes the bearings are pressed on

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