So I am getting rid of the dana 35 for a locked dana 44. The straps to hold the drive shaft to the yoke are different. There is no thread on the yoke. Do dana 44s take this type of strap? I hope not cause nothing near me is showing these in stock.
That is a u-bolt style strap which is not what the factory installed on any factory axle installed into our TJs. That requires a special type of yoke.
If your new D44 doesn't have threaded holes in the yoke, it requires the u-bolt straps like in your above photo. Or replace the yoke with the OE yoke which is threaded for the OE straps.
Personally I am back to running the OE style straps and not the u-bolts. I used to run the u-bolts but they are just too easily overtightened which crushes the u-joint bearing caps. Not to mention that the OE straps are more than strong enough. It is actually the yoke that provides the strength to hold the u-joints, the straps just keep the u-joint positioned in the strong part of the yoke.
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