I remember reading somewhere on here that someone looked up the parts on the Rubicon front axle parts and found that's its just a beefy D30. Is this true or someone just typing too much?
When why do they label it as a D44 if its not true? Is the rear a true 44 then?The ring gear is the size of an original D44, but still different in other dimensions... Everything outside of the differential housing is still Dana30, meaning the knuckles and brakes etc.
If you are wanting a real D44, one from a mid-late 70's Ford 1/4ton or 1/2ton would be a good choice. They would need new brackets of course, and they will be a little wider than a stock TJ axle.
I thought (stock for stock) the TJ D44 not only had the larger ring gear than the D35, but also a stronger carrier and stronger axles. I've heard the tubes are the same, but with pretty much every other component stronger...that seems to be much stronger than the D35, isn't it?The Tj D44 isn't even all that much stronger then the D35 in the rear. Its certainly weaker then the ford 8.8. But the front has already been explained. What makes the Rubicon great is the 4:1 TC.
I'm no fan of c-clips but one thing c-clips do not do is weaken the axle or axle shaft in any way. They just cause a problem if the axle shaft breaks by allowing the axle shaft to slide out, taking the tire and wheel with it.Yes rear d44 has 30 spline axles larger carrier ring gear and no c clips. I got lucky and found some cromo shafts for cheap and I'll putt my d44 against a 8.8 any day. 8.8 does have c clips too.