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fedx95 01-22-2013 03:44 PM

XJ Rear D60 Swap Questions
1993 XJ 5.5" Lift 36" Military tires.

I busted my XJ D44 a few days ago. The pinion bearing went and locked up the driveshaft messing up a few things. I'm going to the junkyard and I could get an 8.25 or something else that requires custom fab. Im also running really narrow military tires with bushwacker fender flares meaning I was looking into getting wheel spacers as well as rims with less backspacing to get the wheels out.

My question:

Since I am doing an axle swap, why don't I go all out.
I am thinking of getting a rear dodge d60. Its about 7" wider which will put me on the width that I am looking for.
All I would need to do would be torch off the leaf spring mounts and reweld them to the correct width. I will also be getting rims obviously.
I might have to relocate the shock mounts and d60 yoke is the same as the 44 so my driveshaft should work assuming the length is alright.

Don't worry about the front thats something in progress as well.
Are their any flaws to my plan?

xGArfx 01-22-2013 03:55 PM

you would have to run a front axle with matching bolt patterns otherwise you would have to carry different spare tires and run two different bolt patterns front and rear

fedx95 01-22-2013 04:04 PM

That's not a problem for now. It's not getting wheeled. I'm more concerned with any caveats in installing the rear axle in place of the stock one

ZeroGravity 01-22-2013 04:06 PM

It's a little big (the differential), but you will always have room to grow into. So if you're planning on bigger tires later, I would say go for it.

Timeless 01-22-2013 06:36 PM

Make sure your rims will fit around the drums on the D60.

A standard rear D60 has 30 spline shafts, same as a D44. Only advantage is that it is full float.

Yokes are not the same. Dana 44 yokes are 26 spline. Dana 60's are 29.

The pinion side of the D60 will be much longer than the 44.

Good luck.

fedx95 01-22-2013 06:41 PM

Will my driveshaft bolt on to the d60 yoke then?

rmeyer332 01-22-2013 06:56 PM


Originally Posted by fedx95
Will my driveshaft bolt on to the d60 yoke then?

You can pull the D44 pinion and swap it into the D60. That should solve your problem

fedx95 01-22-2013 07:18 PM

I was wrong as timeless said, the d44 pinion yoke is different.

Timeless 01-22-2013 07:19 PM


Originally Posted by rmeyer332 (Post 14835913)
You can pull the D44 pinion and swap it into the D60. That should solve your problem

Not sure if serious.

rmeyer332 01-22-2013 08:29 PM

I saw it a while back on pirate 4x4 forum. Tying to find it. I'll give the link once found.

ZeroGravity 01-23-2013 08:04 AM

Napa should have conversion u-joints, or just put a different yoke in your driveshaft. The 8.35 should be 1310, I think the 60 should be 1330 or 1350.

fedx95 01-23-2013 08:51 AM

Ok I found the conversion u joints , good info !

fedx95 01-23-2013 08:52 AM

Does anyone know the leaf spring perch width on a rear dodge d60? Can't seam to find that info...

haloperformance 01-23-2013 09:44 AM

Wouldn't the width of the perch be the width of the spring on the donor vehicle?

fedx95 01-23-2013 10:20 AM

Yes, I forgot to mention this:

What's the rear spring perch width for a 1994-2002 dodge ram dana 60?

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