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Unread 02-05-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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YJ Front Axle Swap

Hey guys of course i broke my dana 30 and now that its broke i might as well upgrade it while ive got it out. I bought a set of dana 44 front and rear that came out of a jeep wagoneer 1977 with locked front. With that being said i needed the left side drivers drop for the differential and the ones that i bought are both pass. side drop. Rookie mistake i know.

So what i am trying to figure out is. .

Can i flip them over? will they oil correctly upside down?
I know the Ford 8.8 will work as well. . What is better or easier ?
Can i find a locked larger front end and leave the back the same witihout messing with gear ratio?
Also since i am where i am i was thinking about doing SOA while ive got it all broke down. What do you think ?

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Unread 02-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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get a dana 300 and run what you've got

also easy and axle swaps do not go hand in hand
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Unread 02-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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Go big or go home.... I mean if u are going to swap axles spend the money and do it right or you will just spend more money again later. I recommend just buying a set of chromoly shafts and keep what ya got till you r ready to go to a hi 9 or 60.

I am running my d 30 w Yukon chromo 4 piece shafts 27 spline still w arb and stock outers w 17" wheels and 37" tires. No problem yet and I ran the rubicon this summer and several other decent trails over the past year is social.
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Unread 02-06-2012, 05:11 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by vwtipeii View Post
I recommend just buying a set of chromoly shafts and keep what ya got...
This. Unless you're running something larger than 35's they should do the job. I would probably try to sell the front D44 you have and look for a Wagoneer front D44 with the drivers side drop.

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