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post #1 of 18 Old 02-05-2012, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 18 Old 02-05-2012, 09:03 PM
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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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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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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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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 ?
Are you really just running 31" tires, as mentioned in your profile? If so, there is NOT any reason to do an axle swap. Chromoly shafts, as recommended above, is all you need. This will also give you stronger, larger U-joints that came on later Dana 30s.

What did you break on the Dana 30?
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post #6 of 18 Old 02-16-2016, 08:56 AM
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I know the Ford 8.8 will work as well. . What is better or easier ?
... not if you want to do anything other than go straight.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/shadownwpa-91ish-yj-build-thread-1857154/
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Dang Stan, how did you find this thread?
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What do you guys think of the G2 crate D44s?
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Dang Stan, how did you find this thread?
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Started by some drive-by one poster asking a convoluted question while supplying little info. We beat our heads together trying to help.
Then they disappear.

Seems to be a lot of that around here lately...

Fight Crime...Shoot Back

Friends don't let friends roll over without a negative-G strap

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Started by some drive-by one poster asking a convoluted question while supplying little info. We beat our heads together trying to help.
Then they disappear.

Seems to be a lot of that around here lately...
I've been weeding some of them out as I see them.
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I've been weeding some of them out as I see them.
Was one the guy that was saying his 4 cylinder would do a 100 mph ?

I miss that one.........
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I've been weeding some of them out as I see them.
Thankless job you Mods do, Joe, but Thank You anyway...

Spammers gonna spam, Trolls gonna troll. Fact of life these days...

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