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Old 02-13-2011, 06:54 PM
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I have a 98' Tj with a rear dana 44, im starting to get into wheeling and I want to swap a dana 44 for the front. Is there and 44s that I can pick up from the junk yard and clean and then bolt on? Or are they all custom swaps? Thanks

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I asked the same question about a month ago and I didnt get an answer...lol

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To the best of my knowledge there all custom.. Let me add though that for the majority of us the D30 front is plenty strong enough.. It can handle 35's on it's own locked and with chromomolly shafts you can go bigger
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I have a 98' Tj with a rear dana 44, im starting to get into wheeling and I want to swap a dana 44 for the front. Is there and 44s that I can pick up from the junk yard and clean and then bolt on? Or are they all custom swaps? Thanks
there are only two bolt in D44's - the Rubicon D44 and the elusive Venezuelan XJ HP D44.

Everything else is custom.
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Okay thanks, would locking the stock and adding the new shafts be cheaper than picking up the new d44? I know it'll differ a bit but in general which one would be cheaper?
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I have a 98' Tj with a rear dana 44, im starting to get into wheeling and I want to swap a dana 44 for the front. Is there and 44s that I can pick up from the junk yard and clean and then bolt on? Or are they all custom swaps? Thanks
going from a dana 30 to 44 is a waste on money, if you want to up grade go to dana 60. the dana 44 is the same as a dana 30, other than the housing
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Okay thanks, would locking the stock and adding the new shafts be cheaper than picking up the new d44? I know it'll differ a bit but in general which one would be cheaper?
I would think so.. and less of a headache.. I mean the consensus is for a DD Jeep to not go over 35's.. A d30 with the upgraded shafts will sure up that axle beyond how hard most of us wheel.. Locking it will be no issue with upgraded shafts or no upgraded shafts running 35's locked.. The cost of regearing, the shafts, and locker as a whole will depend on the labor cost of the regearing unless you got the mad skills to do it yourself and whether you go with a selectable or auto locker
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going from a dana 30 to 44 is a waste on money, if you want to up grade go to dana 60. the dana 44 is the same as a dana 30, other than the housing
I agree with most of this post.

A Rubi D44 shares everything with a D30 from the tubes out, but the R&P is stronger, and 30 spline inners vs 27 spline(D30). You can upgrade the D30 to 30 spline inners though, and you can upgrade both the D30 and Rubi D44 to 30 spline outers and unit bearings also. They both use the same joints, and can be upgraded to 300M joints.

The benefit of a D44 over a D30 is gearing choices too. You can only go to 4.88 with the D30, but all the way to 6.38 with the D44.

Personally, I went from a D30 to a Rubi D44 with a lot of upgrades and ran the crap out of it with 37" stickies for 4 years.

For tires up to 37s and up to 4.5+ trails, I think a D44 is a suitable fit for 99% of wheelers. For us other 1%, a D60 is a better choice.

Depending on how you wheel now, you might be better with a D60 now, but not many people actually get to the level of wheeling to NEED the D60 front. Also, with going to a D60 front, unless you get a custom one built, you will need to do a lot of other upgrades to make it work.
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What upgrades did you do to your D30 Lance? I'm running Superior Axle 30 spline inner/outers and the Warn "big hub" kit with CTM u-joints on my Rubi D44 which is a Dana 30 past the housing but I am sticking with 35's until I can afford something more robust.
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I had 30 spline Alloy USA inners, 30 spline Alloy USA outers, 30 spline unit bearings, Yukon Super Joints, Detroit locker, Yukon R&P, different steering options over the years (from Curie to RK to RK/Teraflex knuckle), Dynatrac cover. Wheeled the hell out of it. Ran 37" Maxxis Creepy Crawlers for about 2 years, and 37" MT Comp Claws for about 3 years. Never broke anything in the front. The rear D44 is a different story.

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