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Unread 11-14-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hello from Arizona

Hello out there. My name is james. I have a 98 ZJ with a dana 35. Broke the rear upper control arm bracket and am wanting to swap out the rear axle out for a dana 44 and not the 44a. I dont want the aluminum 44. Can anyone tell me what vehicles i can take a dana 44 out of that would bolt up the easiest to my 98 ZJ?

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Unread 11-14-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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There aren't really any options with the Dana 44 that are direct bolt up, most people go with the Ford 8.8 due to its abundance and cost to build. That would probably be your best bet.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Iron44's werent produced in the states. Itd be really difficult to find a non aluminum one. Best bet is an 8.8 but you have to do some fab work
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Unread 11-14-2013, 08:15 PM   #4
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Any rear axle you put in besides a d35 and d44a are going to need fabrication.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 11:19 PM   #5
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Many of us run the aluminum 44 they are very strong and reliable assuming the gears are properly set up.

You're local to me so if you want a D44HD, I have one here from my old ZJ. It's in great condition and would be an easy swap. Send me a PM if you are interested.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 02:27 PM   #6
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Thank you, but I am looking for a non aluminum D44 w/o c clips and 3.55 gears. Guess I am not going to get out of doing fab work. Was hoping there might be a D44 out of one type of vehicle that would take less fabrication than from another vehicle. I was told Isuzu's and Honda Passports will be my best bet for the kind of D44 I am looking for. Not with same bolt pattern, ect...though.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 03:56 PM   #7
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Thank you, but I am looking for a non aluminum D44 w/o c clips and 3.55 gears. Guess I am not going to get out of doing fab work. Was hoping there might be a D44 out of one type of vehicle that would take less fabrication than from another vehicle. I was told Isuzu's and Honda Passports will be my best bet for the kind of D44 I am looking for. Not with same bolt pattern, ect...though.
well then you are out of luck. all of the 44a have a 3.73.

any axle that didn't come out of a zj will need fabrication. all equal amount one might need more items cut off it then another but thats about it.

as far as another vehicle like you mentioned those are both 6 lug axles. so you would then need new wheels for the rear. if you are looking for something with the same bolt pattern then your choices are either a 44 out of a xj or a tj. and if you get one from a tj you will spend close to a grand just for the axle, then have to cut it all off and weld on new brackets.
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Again, an 8.8 would be your best bet. width is similar, bolt pattern matches, I know they made 8.8's with 3.73's and 4.10 gears stock. I think you could find one with 3.55's as well, dont quote me on that though.
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