The axle doesn't decide the brakes, that would be manufacture. Do you have disc or drum ? Bearings will be axle related, if you have a 44 in it there will be a tag and even stamped codes in the housing.
thanks Evildriver-3 I found the stamped code on the front axle but I didn't on the rear. do you know how to read the code. will the brakes for a 2000 Cherokee fit a dana 44 axle regardless of the year of the axle
That code won't have any brake info, brakes would be for the vehicle model and if they're drum it'll be drum diameter and disc will also be diameter.
If you have a 2000 Cherokee you should only need to know that unless your axles are from something else then you need that vehicle
I guess that's what I was getting at. the axles were installed by someone else and when I went to buy axle bearings for a 2000 Cherokee with a dana 44 axle the parts store couldn't help me because the 2000 Cherokee dosnt come with a dana 44. so I guess I need to know the year of the axle and buy parts that way. the front axle is stamped on the cover like you said but I cant find a stamp on the rear. the front stamp is 40869-017-c Rev-s 110895 I am thinking the last 110895 might be when it was made ? I think its a dana 35. I know the rear is a dana 44. but that's all I know. my son bought this jeep already built so I am trying to help him get it on the road. I really appreciate your help.
You need to look on the axle tubes themselves and get that numer then i can tell you what they came out of and you can get the brakes. But youre looking for the number on the axle tube it'll be a sequence like this xxxxxx-x should be around 2 inches off where the tube is pressed into the center section
The "40869" number looks like its the part number for a dana 30 carrier cover, no possibility of a front dana 35 for these. Are you sure the axles have been swapped, do you have pics of the diff covers? The OEM possibility on the rear axle was a dana 35 or Chrysler 8.25.
the condition of the axle is so bad that all I could get was 77 c I am actually not sure the front axle was swapped but someone added air lockers to the front and rear. I put wheel bearings on today hoping it would correct the camber issue but the front wheels are still not plumb.they lean in at the top. the steering wont return to center out of a turn. I have adjusted the caster to more than 6 degrees, more like 8-10, and that helped some but its still not right. I appreciate any advise.
Sounds like the camber is off from either jumping it or heavy abuse on trails. The C's and axle tubes are a little weak and known to bend under abuse. The "C" part I'm talking about is the end of the axle tubes/housing where the upper/lower ball joints mount. There are multiple companies that sell weld on C braces and even axle trusses but they are pretty useless to consider on an already bent axle.