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Old 01-08-2017, 10:27 PM
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Dana Help!!!! (Huge Surprise)

You can call me ignorant, you can call me a noob. I don't care!!! I am super excited about today. I found a guy on craigslist that had a dana 44 that he wanted to sell. I have a 2002 wrangler sport 4.0 and I have been hesitant about doing anything to the rear end because of the concerns of a dana 35. I have a 3.5" lift with 33's and it needs a re gear bad. I haven't done it yet because of all the terrible talk about dana 35 and how they are weak and prone to break. Let me first say that this is my first jeep and pretty much the first vehicle i have ever worked on, so i don't know a lot about cars in general. I have learned the most just by reading forums like this one!!! After I talked to the guy and he said he would sell me the whole stock rear end, I started doing some research. I saw a picture of a dana 35 and i noticed that my rear end didn't look like that at all. So I dug a little deeper and took some pictures. The 2002 came stock with a dana 35 with a dana 44 as a option. While comparing pictures of the differential covers, I realized that my rear end was already a 44. Man, I am super stoked!!! At my own fault, I just assumed that it was a 35. I didn't know the difference!!! In the end I"m really happy that I have a dana 44 instead of a 35. Now, can you guys help me with the spec's that would of came with a dana 44 option on a 2002 wrangle sport. It kinda feels like I'm staring all over again. Although, I feel a ton better about it.

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Sweet.

Not much really to know other than 30 spline axle shafts, most likely 3.73 gearing and a width of 60.5". Able to run a 35" tire
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I don't remember where I got it, but here's the link to enter your VIN for a build sheet.

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Sweet thanks for those links. I will do that for sure. Pretty pumped about the 30 spline axles. Will probably do a re gear and some refurbishing for future 35's. Going to stick with 33's for now. Thanks for the info.
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What a lucky find! I wish I got that lucky too

I am not sure where you are from but if you don't deal with ice or snow and you have an automatic trans you could throw a Detroit auto locker in when re-gearing... That thing would be a beast on the trail!
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That's great that you got a 44!

When I got my TJ I didn't know any better to check, stuck with the 35. But I did get lucky in that the PO did regear which was nice and saved me some$.
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What a lucky find! I wish I got that lucky too I am not sure where you are from but if you don't deal with ice or snow and you have an automatic trans you could throw a Detroit auto locker in when re-gearing... That thing would be a beast on the trail!
I live in Charlotte. I'm def going to do something to it. Now that I don't have to put a different axle in. Frees up some money. Trail riding is going to be about the max for me. Def no mud and probably never any rocks. Any suggestions on axle shafts???? Keep them stock or upgrade. Would like to prep for 35's but keeping 33's for a while, a long while.
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That's great that you got a 44! When I got my TJ I didn't know any better to check, stuck with the 35. But I did get lucky in that the PO did regear which was nice and saved me some$.
It's all good man, when I thought I had a 35, re gearing was a def option. For just running 33's and what small amount of off roading I do or will do, it would of been a good durable, cost efficient way to get my jeep running right.
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I live in Charlotte. I'm def going to do something to it. Now that I don't have to put a different axle in. Frees up some money. Trail riding is going to be about the max for me. Def no mud and probably never any rocks. Any suggestions on axle shafts???? Keep them stock or upgrade. Would like to prep for 35's but keeping 33's for a while, a long while.
I'm no expert but some chromoly shafts wouldn't hurt if you're planning on 35s someday, but you may not need them if your wheeling won't be very strenuous. I would wait to get some more feedback or put that question in another thread to get more responses

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