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Unread 05-21-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Jeep Dana 44 Rear

Hey guys! Got an interesting question here.

What do you guys think this is worth?

A local buddy has a KJ dana 44 axle (yes KJ not JK or TJ). He believes it is from a South American Jeep liberty. It has an elocker that is incorporated into the dif cover. He claims everything is functional, it just needs a new harness for the locker. He had it installed (or got it from) and XJ, so the old coil buckets were ground off and XJ perches were welded on. Here are my concerns:

It has drum brakes. I thought that South American Liberty KJ's had disc brakes.

Is this elocker going to be difficult to find parts for? He sent me two pictures, I can post them if need be. He claims it is an Eaton locker, but i dont think jeep ever installed an Eaton elocker. I know the rubicons use air lockers, but they are not ARB branded so I am doubtful that it is an Eaton elocker.

I want to put this under a YJ. Id like to eventually run 35s. Would this axle be worth my time? I have researched a lot but found little info on this axle. Are parts hard to come by? All standard dana 44 parts should fit correct?

Finally, is it like the TJ dana 44 that is beefier than a Dana 35, but still uses some of the weaker dana 35 components? Would an 8.8 swap or XJ 44 be a better option is basically what I want to know. I have a set of 4.88 thick and standard gears for the Low Pinion Dana 44 so it really makes sense for me to find a dana 44 rear, but I really dont want to be polishing up a turd.

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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Well, found a bit more out. Turns out it is not an E-locker, but a factory electronic locker, likely make by GKN. It is the same electronic locker used in Rubicon 44 axles (obviously the electronic ones not air)
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Unread 05-22-2013, 02:41 PM   #3
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Here are some pictures:



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Unread 05-23-2013, 03:11 PM   #4
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I'm thinking my buddy was wrong.... this looks like an ox locker to me, not factory. What do you guys think?

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Unread 05-23-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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Are the pics of it under the liberty?
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Unread 05-23-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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I believe the pics are of it under the XJ.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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I recall hearing some foreign KJs had rear Dana 44s. And with a locker, that would have been interesting. Cool find.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 07:33 PM   #8
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Good, cause I don't know of any kj with leaf springs
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Unread 05-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #9
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Well I'm picking it up as we speak... 200 bucks
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Unread 05-23-2013, 09:56 PM   #10
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Dana 44 with and E-Locker for $200? You got a heck of a deal regardless of what it actually is.

Seems like there would have to be some model numbers stamped on that locker. Try putting them in Google.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 10:08 PM   #11
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Thanks! I'm pretty stoked! Turns out it has 4.56 ratio (yes!!!!!) And its an ox locker!!!! I'm 99 percent sure. It appears to be one of their earlier models but is in perfect shape.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 10:27 AM   #12
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I emailed Ox, but i am sure it is one of their lockers. Upon further inspection, the diff cover is definitely not factory but appears incredibly professionally done. The large aluminum block houses the shifter fork. I plan on buying a new ox housing and cable setup. should be about $250 extra to have a perfect working ox locker and dana 44 I emailed ox to confirm it is one of theirs. I found some numbers on the shift fork and locker housing but nothing popped up using my google fu skills. The speedo housing is on top of the axle so I think it actually may be a KJ axle.

He has a matching front high pinion axle im picking up today for 100 bucks (if the gears are in good shape). Ill then use my other hp 30 housing and install my chromo shafts, arb, and 4.56 gears into that housing. so stoked to be locked front and rear!

got a question for you guys... do you think i can successfully fit and run 35s? Im on 2.5inches of lift, I'll do 5/8 boom shackles, and I have flat fenders in the fab process (Moab Fab from Vegas). If need be i can always do a 1inch body lift....

Theres a NIB BDS 3.5in lift kit locally for 600 bucks... really really wish i could snag it. I just wont have the cash. with all the work that needs to be done, I am still looking at around 1000 bucks in odds and ends to swap new axles under my jeep
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Unread 05-24-2013, 11:10 AM   #13
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You could make some elliptical rear spring mount on the cheap. And it will give 1" of lift
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Unread 06-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #14
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You could make some elliptical rear spring mount on the cheap. And it will give 1" of lift
Ive never really heard of that concept before. How is it done if you dont mind me asking?
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Unread 06-03-2013, 12:17 PM   #15
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http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/susp/3_4ellip/

This is a good right up.
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