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Unread 05-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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Installed dana 44 on my 95 yj dif tie rod issues

Installing Dana 44 in my 95 yj . With the bigger axle and thicker dif plate I am having issues with tie rods clearance. Any body due this? Suggestions


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Unread 05-30-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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Ditch the track Bar. It only impairs your ride quality.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:00 PM   #3
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Which 44 did you put in?
What kind of steering are you using?
Flat top knuckles?
A little more information would help.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:06 PM   #4
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^^ times 2.

I ditched mine, and it was the single best suspension upgrade, ever. Absolutely no scary bits (wobble, looseness, etc), but now, when I hit a bump, the front axle actually moves upward. Seriously, since removing the track bar and sway bar (YMMV), my Jeep rides nearly as smooth as my minivan.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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Ah guys he is asking about tie rod clearance.
He must have had his terms wrong for the title.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:11 PM   #6
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I Mis spoke in my subject line. I got the G2 Dana 44s with aluminum dif covers. I got rid of track bar already. It is my tie rods I am having issues with clearing my new front dif cover. The bigger axle and thicker cover close the gap on the stick tie rod. Looking at using a high steer kit to move tie rod. Any thoughts
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:14 PM   #7
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Try a tie rod flip to get it outta the way.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:14 PM   #8
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High steer or a lower profile diff cover. Diff covers is one place I would not want aluminum.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:20 PM   #9
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Do the G2 D44 use the stock knuckles and brakes?
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Unread 05-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #10
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Yes on brakes and knuckles
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Unread 02-14-2013, 04:26 PM   #11
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andrew2641, I have the same issue. Installed g2 dana 44 on my 95 YJ and the flipped 1 ton tie rod is hitting the diff cover. I'm utilizing the exiting dana 30 knuckles. The knuckles had to be reamed for the 1 ton steering. What was your solution? I'd like to get a similar strength tie rod that has a bend in it. Anyone have a solution?
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Unread 02-14-2013, 05:33 PM   #12
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If ur diff cover is one of the types that has the steel bracing over top the cast iron, it's going to hit. U need one like a riddler that is just cast iron, they stick out several inches less. Had this problem on my dana 30 when I installed my high steer/ thicker Dom linkage. I switched from a Solid differential cover to a Riddler cover and it no longer hits. Just reread and it says ur is aluminum? Regardless if it has that framework type look on the front it sticks out several inches farther, prob easier to get another cover then redo ur steering.
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Unread 07-04-2014, 06:14 PM   #13
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I had the same issue with my 1990 yj. G2 dana 44 using oem dana 30 knuckles and brakes. Tie rod didnt clear diff cover. cover thickness is not enough to enable full tilt. got an offset system from rustys offraod that moved the rod forward with custom rod ends. beautifull looking piece, HOWEVER....... I am running oem spring under configuration and when I installed the front end the tie rod hits the springs, if I tourqed down the springplates to axle it would never move ? NOW WHAT ?????? Help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!Do I need hi steer set up or can I do one of those shims that put s the tie rod ends on the top side of the knuckles. Why is it hitting the springs ? Didnt even use any shims change pumpkin angle. another issue I had was the holes in the axles perches were only 1/2" the pins on the springs are 9/16", had to drill out one side of axle and then use die grinder to open hole on pumpkin pad .
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Unread 11-01-2014, 11:07 AM   #14
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Clearance issues with my G2 Dana 44 on my 1995 Wrangler

I am in the process of installing my G2 Rock Jock Dana 44 in my 1995 YJ and have run into steering components clearing my differental cover. Does anyone have a solution to this problem? I keep reading about coverting over to a High Steer Kit with a SOA setup. if this is the way to go is there any particular manufactuer that you all would recommend? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 11-02-2014, 11:04 AM   #15
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jaschick. what is your set up? spring over or under ? I have mine set up with spring under ( oem ) using 4" RE springs, 5/8" MORE shackles, Had to use Rustys offset linkage set up and flip it to top of knuckles ( would not clear leaf springs in under config, but neither would oem tie rod for some reason. ) due to drag link / track bar angles and clearance issues with drag link hitting tie rod and pitman arm, swapped tie rod to on top of pitman arm. ( got tapered reemer from JEGS and shims from rustys ) then my angles were perfect and clearance seems to be fine. Had to remove zerk from top of pitman arm TRE to clear sway bar. I WILL NOT DO THIS AGAIN !!! G2 offered no support in getting this configured correctly other than to blame my other parts. Fortunatly companies like Rustys, MORE and Quadratec are around and they helped me get this done from parts to advise and things to try. I pissed alot of time and money away thanks to G2. My guess is that they never tried one of their axles in a YJ only TJ's ? But Ideally you really need to swap knuckles to Dana 44 or Reid racing type knuckles so that the tie rod will be in the correct orientation from the diff cover. unfortunatly this is a pretty expensive setup. Even with a stock cover there are clearance issues with pumpkin. another issue I had was that I had to have custom u bolt plates made and a custom u bolt to fit the pumpkin side of axle. why would G2 not have provided these specific parts to their axle or at least sold them separtly ? Very dissapointed in this swap. Once I get it off road I'll see if they redeem themselves with performance. If it breaks I will look elsewhere. If you have any questions pm me, mine is completed at this point
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