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Unread 06-13-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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Currie Dana 44 axle swap

hey all, i apologize in advance if this has already been asked, but i searched the forum and couldn't find anything.

i am in the process of swapping my stock axles for Currie built Dana 44's front and rear. these are to my understanding TJ rubicon axles that they have kept the same width and beefed up the tubes and inner C's, e.t.c. i was told they would bolt in and i could reuse the stock Dana 30 outer C's and steering components. i have a 5" Alcan spring under lift with 1" shackles. i also have a dropped pitman arm installed. the problem is the stock steering drag link hits the diff cover before i get to full turn left or right. it also contacts the springs before i can get to full droop. i am also afraid the dropped pitman arm is going to make contact with the top of my diff housing when i flex the suspension. i am not sure what my options are to fix this. do i need new steering knuckles? if i need new stuff, please let me know how and where i can get it. has anyone swapped in these axles before? i appreciate the help.

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Unread 06-13-2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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maybe a tie rod flip? i think you can lose the DP if you do it. but i have no experience with the currie 44
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Unread 06-14-2010, 07:12 PM   #3
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is a tie rod flip the same as a high steer kit? did you have a particular manufacturer in mind or is it something i can do myself? i have began the search for a high steer kit but i am not sure what to look for as far as strength and quality. i want it to remain safe to drive at highway speeds. thanks for the help.
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Unread 06-14-2010, 08:08 PM   #4
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Did you order these axles from Currie or are they second hand?
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Unread 06-14-2010, 08:24 PM   #5
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i ordered them through 4 wheelparts... it was cheaper than straight through Currie. i did call Currie this morning and asked them for help. they said that i could dent in the cover enough for the rod to clear. however, it came with an ARB cover so i don't think that's going to happen. AND, it doesn't address the fact that it is also contacting my springs before full droop. he also suggested a high steer kit and gave me one example. this particular kit utilizes the dana 30 outer C's and you grind, drill, and tap them to accept the new arms. i am wondering now if that comprimises strength or if it is better to be looking at just upgrading to 44 outers. of course that seems to have its share of issues too. i am not sure which is the best way to go overall and was hoping someone has been down this road before...
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Unread 06-14-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
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a tie rod flip isnt the same as high steer from what i understand, go look for "go-for-it" products they are the leader in TRFs from what ive seen...
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Unread 06-14-2010, 08:36 PM   #7
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I would go with the kit Currie suggested.
In order to change to 44 outers you would also have to grind the Cs off and replace them with 44 Cs.
The Dana 30 Cs will not accept the Dana 44 ball joints. I do not think that would fix your problem unless you went high steer with the 44 outers, which would put you right back to where you are now.

Another option might be to use a standard diff cover.
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Unread 06-14-2010, 09:41 PM   #8
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good info to know. i was under the impression this axle would accept 30 OR 44 outers. i will have to dig deeper into my high steer options or this tie rod flip idea. has anyone used one of these kits?
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Unread 06-15-2010, 08:07 AM   #9
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good info to know. i was under the impression this axle would accept 30 OR 44 outers. i will have to dig deeper into my high steer options or this tie rod flip idea. has anyone used one of these kits?
Not unless Currie has some type of aftermarket 44 outers that would work.
The ball joints on every 44 I have seen are pressed into the steering knuckle then bolted on the Cs.
The 30 ball joints are pressed on the Cs then the steering knuckle is bolted on.
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Unread 06-15-2010, 06:10 PM   #10
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i better check with Currie on that. i'm guessing you are right.

now you have me thinking... is that another option? i have been looking at kits that modify the existing knuckles, does the aftermarket make new high steer knuckles in the Dana 30 style?
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Unread 06-15-2010, 07:29 PM   #11
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You can buy a high steer kit for a Dana 30 @ 4WD Hardware or Quadratec. They are around $500.(not to cheap!)
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Unread 06-15-2010, 10:15 PM   #12
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way more than i want to spend! but if i need to... that's why i am asking the questions. if i have to invest i want to make sure i am getting the right setup. i am hoping you guys will show me what all my options are! has anybody else had this problem?
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Unread 06-18-2010, 03:25 PM   #13
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surely more people have ran into this problem and fixed it. i am guessing when you add heavy duty steering rods you up the chances of hitting on the differential cover. i am going to do a mock flip today with my stock rods and see if it will clear the cover...
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just out of curiosity why did you swap your hp 30 out for a lp 44(you said it was a rubi)?
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Unread 06-18-2010, 08:14 PM   #15
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i wanted to go with a 5.38 gear and it hasn't been available for the 30.
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