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Unread 09-05-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Isuzu dana 44 swap qustions.

I want to swap in a isuzu D44 in place of my 35. I need to keep my 5 on 4.5
wheels. has anyone redriled the 6 lug isuzu axles and rotors to fit stock wheels? It looks like the smaller bolt circle will be into the large center hole.
I know most people that do this swap run 6 lug waggy stuff in front.
Also I hear that the dana 35 yoke can be swaped to replace the oddball isuzu
drive flange, Anyone know If its true? If someone has pics of how thay did
the parking brake would be cool. None of the info I find adress these issues.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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Just a thought, have you looked into the ford 8.8 explorer swap? It's a 5x4.5 bolt pattern so no re-drilling required. the newer explorers come with disk brakes. I cant remember the years. And you don't need to change the front.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 02:26 PM   #3
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Just a thought, have you looked into the ford 8.8 explorer swap? It's a 5x4.5 bolt pattern so no re-drilling required. the newer explorers come with disk brakes. I cant remember the years. And you don't need to change the front.
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Just a thought, have you looked into the ford 8.8 explorer swap? It's a 5x4.5 bolt pattern so no re-drilling required. the newer explorers come with disk brakes. I cant remember the years. And you don't need to change the front.
I think it was 96 and newer with the disc brakes.

The width abotu the same as the D35 in your YJ bow, and it's comprible to a D44.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 03:46 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, but I think pretty well set on a d44 of some kind.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 04:28 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, but I think pretty well set on a d44 of some kind.
That is understandable, it's your jeep. I only mentioned the 8.8 because it would cut down the work that you want to do with the d44, it's a pretty straight forward swap, very comparable to the 44, and they are very common, well around my area at least. Good luck with the swap, sorry I wasn't more help with your initial question.
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How about contacting superior and getting some chromoly shafts with the right bolt pattern?
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Do you already have the isuzu 44? I was able to find an MJ 44 and the only thing I had to do was weld on spring perches and shock mounts. brakes and parking brake hooked up the same, yoke was the same size, bolt pattern was the same. ect. Took a little digging to find but xj and mj 44s are out there, theres also tj and lj 44s but there probably priced a bit higher.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 05:34 PM   #9
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I havent got one yet, the xj/mj 44s go pretty fast in the yards while the isuzus get ignored. thay all seem to
have good gears 4.10 or 4.56. The good 8.8s dont stay long ether. custom axel shafts are an option but was
wondering if anyone has redrilled the stock isuzu shafts to save some coin.
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Its also worth mentioning that the 8.8 is stronger than the D44. If your trying to be different, then by all means do as you wish. But if your looking for the best bang for the buck, then the 8.8 is the way to go. Also, if your having trouble finding a suitable axle, no matter which one it is, look at www.car-part.com.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 05:54 PM   #11
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Im not tying to be diffrent. I just think getting a good rear axle with 4.56 gears allready in it at junk yard prices
is a plus. It seems like a good swap aside from getting the wheels bolted on safely. thanks guys.
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PM Vlucdog in the CJ forums.
He is running a Isuzu rear end in one of his CJs.
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