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Unread 10-13-2006, 03:37 PM   #1
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Rear end swap ?'s

The rear end on my 01 v8 Limited QD w/100k miles is leaking fluid so I pulled the wheel and the bearing is worn. The dealership wants $150 an axle to replace the bearing, sleeve and seal. I found another D44 out of an 02 Limited with QD with only 37k on it at the salvage yard. I searched the specs and posts and didn't see anything different between the 2 years but wanted to make sure before doing the swap. Is this going to be as easy as I hope in just bolting the new one up?

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Unread 10-13-2006, 03:40 PM   #2
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AFAIK there are no differences between the D44a axles used in the different years of the WJ's. Should be plug and pray.
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Unread 10-13-2006, 06:02 PM   #3
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You are saying you are not paying for the axle in the junkyard? Up here they want $950 for one. Heck in Tucson a D35 was worth $500. I bet getting one out of the junkyard costs you more the fixing your current one. And that's bargaining that it's in perfect condition.

Also,I would fix the current one, Chrysler had a problem assembling the D44's and had many problems with bearings and such. I would take it to an axle shop for the work as well, instead of a dealer.
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Unread 10-15-2006, 01:09 PM   #4
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I agree with WOODY, here on the east coast a D35 from a salvage yard goes for $650, I'm still looking for a shop in my area (Philadelphia, Pa.) to do my pinion bearings, so far no luck.
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Unread 10-15-2006, 10:08 PM   #5
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I ended up getting the salvage yard D44 with only 37k on it for $450 and glad I did. When I pulled the axle on my current one it had groved the axle housing pretty bad.

Also I think my bad bearing was caused by the previous owner. When I took the rotor off the whole e-brake assembly was missing and the dust sheild was bent up. Something happened and since it didn't have a spare something happened to that rim and I am guessing it was on the right rear when it got damaged.

I am going to pull the cover and drain all the fluid on the new one before putting under the WJ. Anything special with the Vari-lok rear end I should know?
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Unread 10-15-2006, 11:19 PM   #6
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If it's got a vari-lok, ensure you put friction modifier in it.

You got a steal. Wish I could find that kindof price up here.
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Unread 10-16-2006, 07:33 AM   #7
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Around here axles are stacked up like cord wood and available for a song and dance. I can't sing or dance so I ussually expect to pay $100 for a D35, $200 for a 8.8...
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Unread 10-16-2006, 11:29 AM   #8
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I can get a set of portals for $2000, but a D35 here is about $400, and last I checked an 8.8 was $700.

What sucks is I found a 82 Ford with a D44 front and a 9" rear for $500. Engine and tranny were shot, but wouldn't need them anyway. I would've jumped, however it would've cost me almost $300 to dispose of the body of the vehicle.
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Unread 10-16-2006, 11:36 AM   #9
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You're not a fan of lawn ornaments ?

450 Was a steal...
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Unread 10-16-2006, 11:50 AM   #10
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I live on an Air Force Base, lawn ornaments get you demoted.

The projects are at the best friends house about three miles away. His wife doesn't mind us keeping a few rigs there, but we've gotten a little carried away. I think there's 10 rigs there now.
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