So, I was considering buying a 96 jeep grand cherokee to basically use it for the front end and some misc. parts. I have a 98 5.2 V8 Grand Cherokee. His is a 96 4.0 V6. I was told on the forum that I needed 3.73 gears a Dana 44. Start at the bottom and read up. Is he correct?
Yup. The Dana 44 is just a little more heavy duty. These will work fine for regular driving
So they have 3.73 gears in it? I was told I need a Danna 44? I have a 98 V8 5.2.
Those will work with your gears
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, that will not work for me I have 3.73 gears in it,
The rear is a Dana 35,
front is a Dana 30,
4.0 motor with 168xxx miles,
Well, your post is a little confusing. You start out talking about the front differential, which from the factory is a Dana 30 on all ZJ's, then start talking Dana 44's, which is a rear differential. If it is the front differential then his will work just fine as long as it has the same gearing and pinion flange as your ZJ has.
This whole idea is a bad one from the start. Don't bother swapping stuff from a I6 to the V8. The d44a is a much stronger rear axle. Unless you can be sure that front D30 in the I6 has 3:73 don't even worry about it. I would look for a 96+ V8 donor to start with in the first place.