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post #1 of 9 Old 08-28-2013, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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D44 and D44A axle shafts the same? So confused.

Hey guys, new to the forum here, not new to working on cars though

Picked up a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8. The rear was making a howl noise, took it apart and found a few things wrong.
  • Passenger side axle bearing shot
  • Passenger side axle shaft shot (bearing ground into it)
  • Rear diff carrier bearings pitted badly
  • Rear diff loose and backlash is off (known issue from what I gathered on the D44a because of the aluminum housing)

My question. I am looking to find an axle shaft to replace the bad one, but I can't find one that is specifically for a D44A, just a D44. Are they the same part?

My understanding is that the D44A and D44 use different bearings (roller vs tapered) different ways to attach the shafts (c-clip vs press fit) therefor they must be different?

I've done the normal search, google, etc. Even called a Jeep dealer parts dept, and they have no idea

Any help is greatly appreciated guys. Thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-28-2013, 10:21 AM
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D44a= D44HD. They are not the same as a D44. The outer seal and wheel bearings for the D44HD are the same as the D35C which will be listed incorrectly in the computer in 95% of all parts stores. You want the outer seals and wheel bearings for a D35C. Try searching for D44HD axles with ZJ in the search instead of D44 a.

This write up has the correct parts http://jeepsunlimited.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=482547
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-28-2013, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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D44a= D44HD. They are not the same as a D44. The outer seal and wheel bearings for the D44HD are the same as the D35C which will be listed incorrectly in the computer in 95% of all parts stores. You want the outer seals and wheel bearings for a D35C. Try searching for D44HD axles with ZJ in the search instead of D44 a.

This write up has the correct parts http://jeepsunlimited.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=482547
Awesome thank you! Any idea where I can pick up a replacement axle shaft for the 44HD?
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-28-2013, 10:46 AM
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Awesome thank you! Any idea where I can pick up a replacement axle shaft for the 44HD?
Try Google for new or a junkyard for used. I think www.rockauto.com has them too.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-28-2013, 11:15 AM
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spicer #'s
74871-1x right side
74871-2x left side

Looks like their starting to dry up.
Bought some last year from my supplier for < $120 ea. OEM Dana/Spicer
He's out and doesn't expect getting any more.
Other vendors that have them are jacking their prices.
Wish u luck.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-28-2013, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Try Google for new or a junkyard for used. I think www.rockauto.com has them too.
So I did a little googling and came up with this. Looks to be the right thing but would rather confirm before just ordering it. Seems a bit cheaper then I thought? Do they come with the ABS ring too?

Superior Gear and Axle, Part number PA5226

Links:

http://www.jeep4x4center.com/superio...de-pa5226.html

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sag-pa5226

http://mudflaps.com/i-8380773-superi...minum-d44.html

http://www.4x4groupbuy.com/store/sup...d-p-61777.html
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Better call them and check.
May not have ABS or wheel studs.
It is the part however.

OEM spicer do come with ABS and studs
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-28-2013, 11:53 AM
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If it were me I would check a local JY or pull a part and get a few good ones for less. I'm just too cheap to get brand new ones when used non pitted axle shaft are just as good.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-28-2013, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for the quick help guys, I really appreciate it, the axle has been ordered. Now to get working on the rusted suspension lol.
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