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Unread 08-25-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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Are all dana 44 axels the same

I'm new to working on cars I bought the jeep a few weeks ago after my first car died. I'm looking to lift it and put some 33s on it and while I'm at it I though I'd put some new axels in it. I found a Dana 44 axel on kijiji is there anything I should look for? And when I go to the junk yard to get the 8.8 from a explorer is there anything I need to look for there?
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Unread 08-25-2013, 11:31 AM   #2
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The D-44 for the front i imagine, depends what they're out of, they are all similar as for internals unless it has VL's and then housing width. What does your jeep have in it now HP or LP D-30 at the front.
The 8.8 you need to re-set the perch and the rear shaft should work with just a new joint and the flange yoke from the explorers shaft or you can buy a new flange yoke
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Unread 08-25-2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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My jeeps a stock 1988 yj

And yea the Dana 44 is for the front
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Unread 08-25-2013, 04:37 PM   #4
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internally....kinda. Newer JK 44's are not the same. need more info other than a 44. is is full width? some ford D44's ('78-'79) Had the spring perches cast into the housing and are not ideal for a swap.

while all similar, there are many variations in what is a Dana 44
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Unread 08-25-2013, 04:47 PM   #5
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Yea I'm waiting for the guy to get back to me about what it's out if and some photos. It's not in my city so I haven't seen it yet
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Ok so this is what the guy said to me

Chevy special camper its a 3/4 ton front axel 8 bolt with 4:10

Don't think it's gonna be what I'm looking for
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No it's not. Chevy axles have the differential on the passenger side. For your YJ, you'll need a driver side drop for your YJ. Can be found in Fords, Dodge, some FSJ. Unless you find one from an Early Bronco (66 to 77) you will have to cut the axle and possibly get a custom shaft to match the 8.8 width. If I went through all that trouble, I would use a Ford HP44 (Only reason I didn't on my CJ is because of the cost to retube to make is a passenger drop). With an I6 and 33s the Dana 30 front will probably hold up just fine. I think you will be best to find a Explorer 8.8 with 4.10 & limited slip. Then just regear the front to match.
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Ok thank you all the help is much appreciated
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I know there is a few years of explorers that will work for me but us there a certain year that would be suggested?
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No it's not. Chevy axles have the differential on the passenger side. For your YJ, you'll need a driver side drop for your YJ. Can be found in Fords, Dodge, some FSJ. Unless you find one from an Early Bronco (66 to 77) you will have to cut the axle and possibly get a custom shaft to match the 8.8 width. If I went through all that trouble, I would use a Ford HP44 (Only reason I didn't on my CJ is because of the cost to retube to make is a passenger drop). With an I6 and 33s the Dana 30 front will probably hold up just fine. I think you will be best to find a Explorer 8.8 with 4.10 & limited slip. Then just regear the front to match.
all in all, a simple re-tube is not as hard an many think. a well equipped home shop should be capable of such a task. we are prepping to re-tube a chevy 44 to drivers drop right now actually.
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You can get the 8.8 in different gears. The LSD axles will have an "L" on the tag 3L73 for example. Get the disc brakes.
You can get a Dana 30 HP out of a zj that has ABS. Bigger ujoints and if you go with 3.73 gears you can match the 8.8.
This way you keep lug patterns matched to 5 on 4.5
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