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I have a 2001 Jeep wrangler with a Dana 35 rear end. I want to swap it to a Dana 44... Will jeep Cherokee bolt up to it without doing mods? Thanks
 

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For direct bolt in look for a D44 out of another TJ. 97-06. Rubi or non rubi. Though your driveshaft would need shortend.
 

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You'll have to change the drive shaft even swapping out a Dana 44 the same year?
Yes any d44 swap is going to require a new DS or modification and hopefully if you get a D44 out of a TJ you can just get the driveshaft with it. If you get one out of a Rubicon it will not work since the Rubicon driveshaft is different.

Good time to get an SYE

If you end up going for an option that needs brackets welded on then arguably the 8.8 is also a good option.
 

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You'll have to change the drive shaft even swapping out a Dana 44 the same year?
Yes. The pinion is about an 1" longer on the d44. If you cant find a d44, many folks will build a ford 8.8. They can be had for cheap, but then you need to weld on brackets for a TJ for it to be "bolt in". Which requires a shop/welder since most folks dont know how to weld. That kind of labor brings up the cost of an 8.8.

Another option--keep your 35 and turn it into a super35 using the Revolution Gear and Axle kit. Adds a locker, and 30 spline chromo shafts vs the 27 spline you currently have.
 
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