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Unread 12-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
rda616
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46re to 44re

Hey all. I'm venturing over from the tj forum to ask about the 44re reliability factor. I have a stock 5.9 with a 46re out of a 98 ram in my tj and have several things I am not happy about that are unavoidable with that particular transmission. Things like drivers side mounted starter arent playing well with my front drive shaft and the clocking of the t case is also not so tummy tuck friendly. I'm also liking the fact the 44re is shorter and allows for a longer rear drive shaft. Not to mention the 50# weight savings and less parasitic power loss. I know just bolting in a 46re out of a zj would be the stronger route and have no delusions that the 44re is as strong a transmission, but will it be enough in a vehicle significantly lighter then the one for which it was designed even with the added tq.

Thanks in advance.

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Unread 12-19-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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a 44re can be built to handle the 5.9 with no problems. You'll probably want to rebuild a jy one anyway.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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I have no problems with rebuilding one. The jy 44re from a you pull yard is about $ 100.00 . Any yard that has a zj 46re wants six times that in my area. I have seen some rebuild kits with additional clutches and performance valve body upgrade kits, but not much in the form of hard parts.
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