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Old 03-15-2018, 03:22 PM
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Dana 44 from 2012 JK fit into 1995 YJ?

I cannot find this information directly via search. I was able to find a decent price on a D44, but its from a JK. Does a JK Dana 44 rear fit directly into a 1995 YJ? If not, how much modifications are needed, or should I start to look elsewhere?

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Different wheel bolt pattern would need to cut off the coil brackets and weld on leaf spring hangers. plan on some mods to just about any axle you want swap in there. Lots of folks run a ford 8.8, Or if you can find a d44 out of a XJ cherokee might be less work.
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What do you consider a decent price for a JK D44?
Depending on the ratio and LSD or not, a XJ D44 should start around $125.00 with probably the same amount of work to adapt it to a YJ.

An Explorer 8.8 might be had for about the same price at Pick & Pay.

The XJ and Explorer will have the same wheel lug pattern as a YJ (5 on 4 1/2).

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JK axles are like 5-6" wider than YJ axles so unless you swap front and rear it's going to look stupid. And it will look stupid anyways because your basically sitting on full width axles at that point.
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I was going to pick it up for $150 before you great people helped me out. It doesnít sound like itís worth it. The seller knows nothing about it. I had thoughts to resell but doesnít even sound like thatís a great idea.
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I was going to pick it up for $150 before you great people helped me out. It doesnít sound like itís worth it. The seller knows nothing about it. I had thoughts to resell but doesnít even sound like thatís a great idea.

For $150 you could buy it and flip it if you are sure it's a D44. The axles and transfer case are the only good parts on the JK's but the axles don't fit the YJ very well unfortunately.
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Is it from a Rubicon? If so, that price for the e-locker makes it worth the headache and cost. Not worth it if it's open diff or LSD.

I looked at retrofitting a Rubicon JK rear D44 and it involved:

Cut/weld on new brackets
Narrow to YJ width (66" v 60" WMS-WMS)
Custom axle shafts (to address bolt pattern issue and 32 spline for Rubicon)
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What is the desired width I would be looking for in a D44 axle? Where are the measurements taken from? I have found one from an unknown donor vehicle that measures 55 inches from inner drum to drum. The axle still has wheels on so I was unable to measure accurately past the inner drum; I tried to take a measurement of the outer side of the drum and got approximately 58 inches.

I think from what I have gathered on here-for a direct YJ swap, I would need an axle 60 inches wide. Is this correct?

Any help is always appreciated.
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Thatís correct! Anything close to 60Ē will work.

Typical measurement is WMS-WMS....wheel mounting surface, so outside of the drum.


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And remember to nation, there is not going to be a direct bolt in swap, all the axles are going to need a little fab work to get them to fit. I would buy the axle and flip it and use the cash to find a 8.8 or d44 out of an XJ.
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Just to clarify, I decided not to go with the d44 from JK, and have found a different one from an unkown donor vehicle. I think I am going to pick it up and clean it up either to sell, or figure out the logistics to swap in; however, is there anyway to tell what vehicle a d44 came from without any information from it?

Also-are there any d44 out there that are suited for a YJ with no welding?
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Also-are there any d44 out there that are suited for a YJ with no welding?

I think some Canadian YJ's came with a D44 and probbaly the extended wheelbase YJ's sold in other foreign countries, good luck!
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Dana44 (KDX) for YJ. 3:54 gearing w/Locking Differential.

Part number 8350 5422

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I will tell you an even crazier find. Apparently south American Rubicons got a High pinion D44, I did not believe till a member in my club scored on and now is under his LJ. I am not sure if it was only for a certain year or for the entire run of TJ rubi's
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I will tell you an even crazier find. Apparently south American Rubicons got a High pinion D44, I did not believe till a member in my club scored on and now is under his LJ. I am not sure if it was only for a certain year or for the entire run of TJ rubi's

A front or rear high pinion 44? High pinion is stronger in the front and weaker in the rear i dont think i's want aD44 high pinion in the rear. Not to mention the Rubicon D44's are basically a Dana 30's/35's with a D44 center section. I cant see how importing a TJ HP44 would be worth it after paying for the shipping. You would be better off ordering a prorock D44 or a ford 9" or something.
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It is for the front. He scored it from a guy that had bought the Rubi in south America and brought the Jeep to the states, and as it goes with many of us, he wanted 60's and 40's so off came the stock stuff and replaced with full width 60's.
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Thanks for the help everyone; looking for a bit more information. I actually just picked up a D44 this morning for a good price; it is from an unknown vehicle. I will post some pictures later. Where do I look to start trying to identify anything about it; I do not know if it is even front or back. What I know, centered pumpkin, 60.5" width, 40.25 inch between one set of mounts and 33" between another set of mounts. I opened the pumpkin and it appears pretty clean; didnt get a chance to count ring/pinion yet to see what gear ratio is.
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No ID tag, gear ratio 3.91.
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If itís center pumpkin and has steering knuckles , itís a rear.

Measure the lug spacing (distance between two lugs across from each other)

Look for teeth number stamped on the ring gear if you donít feel like counting. It will list number of teeth.

See if differential is steel or aluminum (use a magnet)

What are the mounts...for leaf springs or leafs?

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Sorry...obviously I mis-typed. If it is center pumpkin and NO steering knuckles, itís a rear.

And the differential housing will be Al if itís from a ZJ.


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Here is a couple pics; let me know what you guys think. Thanks.
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Looks pretty good. Measure the spring pad width. Is it a 5 or a 6 lug?
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Looks pretty good. Measure the spring pad width. Is it a 5 or a 6 lug?
Sorry for being naive, which are the spring pads; the measurements between the two sets of mounts/pads is 40.25"for one set, 33" for the other set.

5 lug
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No problem man, we all started out where you are. The flat mounts are your spring pad mounts and the others are for the shocks.

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