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Unread 04-05-2006, 11:18 AM   #1
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Front Bronco Dana 44 Axle swap Question!

Does anyone know if it is ok to use the front dana 44 from a 1979 Bronco? I know that this is a fullsize one that measures about 65" wide, is this too wide? Thanks a lot for your help and advice, I appreciate it!

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Unread 04-05-2006, 11:23 AM   #2
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if you're gonna swap the whole suspension it'll work. The bronco 44 has wedge style mounts for the radius arms, and they're cast steel, which the axle tubes are pressed into. They'll be in the way of the leaf springs and can't be removed without severly weakining the axle.
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Unread 04-05-2006, 11:27 AM   #3
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Suspension

I plan on cutting off the coil towers and control arm mounts from the bronco frame and putting them on the YJ frame, and in doing so, it should fit? I have rubicon flares on as well, so it should help to cover the width. Thanks for your reply.

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Unread 04-05-2006, 11:45 AM   #4
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I plan on cutting off the coil towers and control arm mounts from the bronco frame and putting them on the YJ frame, and in doing so, it should fit? I have rubicon flares on as well, so it should help to cover the width. Thanks for your reply.

James
THat would be your best option. I ran a spooled 44 in my bronco on 35's behind a bigblock and never had any problems so u should be good with a setup like that. Wouldn't recomend using the bronco springs, maybe cherokee coils? anywho, get some soft flexy coils and you'll be good to go. I'd also look into some custom radius arms cause the stock bronco ones are cast steel also, and dont' take too kindly to modification.
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Unread 04-05-2006, 12:03 PM   #5
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Hey thanks for your help man, I appreciate it. I definately don't want to use the Bronco coils but I will leave all of the coil perches and stuff on the axle. Do you know, off-hand, if the width of the from of a 79 bronco axle is a lot bigger than that of a rear 77 one? I know the 77 is EB and 79 is full-size, but I dont know the exact specs. Thanks again,

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Unread 04-05-2006, 05:35 PM   #6
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some specs

Vehicle: '71-77 Ford Bronco (D44 front, Ford 9" rear)
Bolt pattern: 5 on 5.5" -- same as a CJ
Width: 58" rear, similar front.
Brakes: Front drums '71-75, 11" front discs '76-77, 11" rear drums.
Spline count: 30-spline D44 front, 260 (small style) U-joint, 28-spline 9" rear (31-spline available in aftermarket)


Vehicle: '78-79 Ford Bronco, F-150, F-250 (reverse-cut D44 front, left-hand drop) (F-150 had 9" rear, F-250 had Dana 60)
Bolt pattern: 5 on 5.5" (Bronco and F-150) or 8-bolt (F-250)
Width: Way wide (~65")
Brakes: 11" discs
Spline count: 30-spline D44 front, 297 (large style) U-joint

good luck, Doug
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Unread 04-05-2006, 06:09 PM   #7
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If you can get a 79 F-250 D44 then you won't have those wedge mounts and you can easily swap 5-lug hubs from a 150. This is what I did and it worked out pretty nicely. Sorry, i don't think there's any good pics on here of the axles.

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2311332
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Unread 04-05-2006, 10:05 PM   #8
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If you can get a 79 F-250 D44 then you won't have those wedge mounts and you can easily swap 5-lug hubs from a 150. This is what I did and it worked out pretty nicely. Sorry, i don't think there's any good pics on here of the axles.

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2311332
in that case i'd keep it 8 lug and swap in a 14bolt in the rear, but that's just me. In any event, it'll be much stronger than the 30/35
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