Just bought a 1975 CJ-5, it has a Dana 44 rear end. I think the ring & pinion in the rear differential are stripped. The rear end is junked and will require a total rebuild, $1,500 or more? I'm not a good enough mechanic to rebuild it myself.
I think it will be better to buy a rebuilt axle, not looking for high perfromance, just OEM quality. However I can't find any rebuilt axle assemblies for a 1975 C-J.
What are the options for axles from other year models, or other axles in general that I could swap out for this axle.
Stick with a 44 from 72 to 75 CJ. It is one of the best rear ends made. Just rebuild it if it is rebuild-able (or have someone do it). Most of what you find used will be junk and will need new bearings and seals anyways.
1974 CJ5 all stock except for Rocky Road SOA
Completely for hunting - not for show or rock climbing