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Old 03-26-2009, 06:23 PM
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XJ DANA 44 question for 02 TJ

I have some XJ knowledge but only later versions so I tought I would ask here. I found a 87 and a 89 XJ and the rear diff cover has the 3/8's drain plug like I have seen in YJ/TJ's DANA 44. I have searched and have found little to no information on this. Am I correct in concluding that these two XJ's have a DANA 44?? I am wanting to swap out my D35 to a D44 in my 02 TJ. Sorrry for so far off forum but thought someone here would have some experience with this. Thanks

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does the diff cover look like this?



you will have to check the gear ratio and also you will need axle brackets for it since xjs have rear leaf springs

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I believe the older non c clip 35s had threaded drain plugs. If it doesn't look like the picture above....its not a 44.
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ya, be careful. the old non c clip d35's had a metal plug. make sure the diff cover looks like moa's post.
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The only other difference will be the backing plates on the axle shafts. They are different from XJ to TJ 44's. If you do the swap and ever want Alloys make sure you state they are for an XJ 44.
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With an '87 and '89 XJ, those could be Dana 35c axles without c-clips, not Dana 44 axles. Early Dana 35c axles without c-clips came with threaded steel plugs for the differential cover. If the cover is perfectly oval shaped, it's an earlier non-c-clip Dana 35c axle.
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Thank you very much gentlemen
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if it is d44 i'd snag them. they are hard to come by in the xj. i'd say its a better candidate for teh cherokee, cj, yj and xj in your sig rather than tj though. or sell them for $300-$500 a pop easily.
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if it is d44 i'd snag them. they are hard to come by in the xj. i'd say its a better candidate for teh cherokee, cj, yj and xj in your sig rather than tj though. or sell them for $300-$500 a pop easily.
HA, I agree. We pull them from the junk yards when we find them for about 150 bucks and then flip them for 400 all day long.
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Yea, you don't want those big 10" drum brakes in your TJ, and then have to mess with the brackets, and still be out the gear setup.

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