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Unread 05-23-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Help! Is this guy correct?

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?


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Yup. The Dana 44 is just a little more heavy duty. These will work fine for regular driving

Me
So they have 3.73 gears in it? I was told I need a Danna 44? I have a 98 V8 5.2.

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Those will work with your gears

Me
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, that will not work for me I have 3.73 gears in it,
Thanks

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The rear is a Dana 35,
front is a Dana 30,
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Unread 05-23-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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No such thing as a 4.0 V6 Jeep.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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No such thing as a 4.0 V6 Jeep.
THANK YOU! It angers me when I see craigslists posts that say "has 4.0L V6"
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Unread 05-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #4
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Are you asking if it's okay to swap the front axle from his jeep to yours? As long as the metal tabs on all axles involved say "3.73" you should be good to go.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #5
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Yes, I was under the impression it had to be a V8 in order to have those gears in them not a V6. All I want to do is swap the front end
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Unread 05-23-2013, 12:46 PM   #6
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Yes, I was under the impression it had to be a V8 in order to have those gears in them not a V6. All I want to do is swap the front end
Stop saying V6. It's an I6.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 01:05 PM   #7
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it might not have the right gears. you need 3.73 gears. the 4.0 had 3.55 gears unless it came with factory trailer prep or trailer tow, in which case it wouldve had 3.73s
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Unread 05-23-2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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My I6 rear D35 has 3.55's in it. As long as the gearing matches up which you can confirm on the tag itself. I personally wouldn't go from a D44 to a D35 unless you are going to build it/lock it.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 01:09 PM   #9
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35 isnt even worth it to build and lock lol
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Unread 05-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #10
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A lot more aftermarket support on a D35 vs. a D44

F'it save up your money and just go with an 8.8 rear.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #11
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A lot more aftermarket support on a D35 vs. a D44

F'it save up your money and just go with an 8.8 rear.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 01:59 PM   #12
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Unread 05-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #13
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OP, whats your end goal?

yes, you could put the 3.55 D30/D35 in and drive it on the road. it will be slower and the rear axle will be weaker
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Unread 05-23-2013, 02:52 PM   #14
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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.

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Unread 05-23-2013, 03:17 PM   #15
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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.
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