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Ok so both rear shafts in my dana 44 have some grooves where the seal has worn down the shaft over time. This is the second time in recent weeks I've had to replace seals. I'm told that the grooves will cause seal failure and that I either need to speedi sleeve the surface or get new shafts. Any recommendations? On which to do or what brand shafts are quality ( AND affordable!) I already have timken bearings and skf seals so all I need are shafts.
 

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Thank you, these are the ones I have been looking at just didn't know if they were good quality. I think my current shafts are 33 spline though. .I'll have to go check. I appreciate the help
 

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Just an FYI just in case. You will need the bearings and retainer rings pressed on the new shafts after the axle retainer plate and new seal goes on. If your retainer plate is warped it's a good time to replace those as well. My bearing race was a bear to get out of the housing. Access to a good slide hammer tool saved me a big headache. If you are lucky, the races will just pop out using your thumbs....I wasn't.

Timken Set 10 bearings and SKF 9912 seals work for all size shafts. 30 to 35 spline.

Happy wrenching! I just did seals and bearings last week.
 

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Yeh I did the repair myself last time just didn't notice the grooves on the shafts. For the race I actually used a thick was he and cut it into the shape of the tool from the parts store and made a makeshift slide hammer. Worked well. I'm having local 4x4 shop press everything on
 

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Sorry a thick washer! Auto correct sucks!
also if anyone know if a 33 spline g2 shaft will fit with my 3.73 stock gears that would be helpful. They claim a big spline option so idk if that will still fit. My current spline count is 33 so I assume it will fit, but we all know what happens when you assume..
 

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If the splines are the same on the new axles as what you have now, they should slide right in.

Notice the use of the word "should". Lol!
 

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Yeh! Should lol
I'm gonna continue researching and trying to find someone running the combo I'm looking into. I would think I need to stick with 30 splines. Idk what the 33 or 35 spline options go in to. They say it's for tj from 97-06 with rear dana 44 option but I have yet to come across anyone saying anything other than 30 splines one that model from factory. They must be for upgraded gears
 

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Changing spline count involves changing the carrier and re-setting the gears.
If you are planning a re-gear and a locker, that would be the ideal time to up the spline count if you want to. 33 spline would be plenty IMO.
I have 35 spline shafts and a ARB only because it was in the D44 when I bought it. Many will say 35 spline in a D44 is overkill.
A fellow club member runs 30 spline chromos and an ARB in his and has had no issues. He decided to stay with 30 spline so he could use his stock axles for spares.
 

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I would eventually like to re gear just don't have the funds now. And I need my jeep back on the road soon..If I stick with 30 splines will I still be able to re gear later?
 

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East Coast Gear and Supply has reasonably priced Ten Factory Chromo's. I just purchased them for $350.00 to my door with the retainer plate. I have dropped a lot of money in mine over the past few weeks, and most of my axle parts have come from them.

TEN FACTORY DANA 44 REAR TJ CHROMOLY SHAFT KIT (97-06)
 
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