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Unread 05-05-2009, 02:39 AM   #31
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Great thread. I'm not in the Grand Cherokee forum much but I'm looking for pictures for the Lady in my life.

Can you post some new pictures that show the entire Jeep?

Thanks alot.

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Unread 05-05-2009, 08:11 AM   #32
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Thanks man, I'll be ordering asap.

What did you use for screws? Self tapping?

It looks great by the way,
The mount kit came with regular screws. Big ones at that. Thats why I made small pilot holes for the screws. Made it MUCH easier.

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Great thread. I'm not in the Grand Cherokee forum much but I'm looking for pictures for the Lady in my life.

Can you post some new pictures that show the entire Jeep?

Thanks alot.
Sure. These are before all the mods.





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Unread 05-05-2009, 12:47 PM   #33
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Ya, use self tapping and make sure you don't put it sticking out the side of your vehicle. You don't want to rub against something and it rip off. Just right out the tail light.
Only one problem with that. Unlike the WJ, the ZJ trunk closes over the tail light. If I mounted it the same way Bama_WJ did it would go up with the tailgate as it was lifted.

Sorry for jacking your thread Bama.
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Unread 05-07-2009, 03:19 PM   #34
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CARNAGE PICS!!

So, I just pulled my 35 apart not to long ago and I got some pretty nice pictures. As you can see, I was riding on this thing for a while and it was only a matter of time before this happened. I'm thinking the broken axle is what set all this in motion to begin with. I have decided to just upgrade. I am going to pick up a D44a off a 1999 with 117k on it tomorrow morning. I should be back on the road tomorrow evening hopefully.

On to the good stuff...

What I saw when I first took the cover off the diff.



Here you can see the entire carrier shifted over to the left.



The pinion is not even touching the ring gear...



Another nice shot of the inside of the diff cover.



TrueTrac pulled with a part of the bearing.



Bearing on the left side of the TrueTrac.



Another shot of the piece of bearing that just fell out with the carrier.



Here is the scared up race that housed the bearing.



Stock shim that was on the left side.



Left side of housing with a shard of something stuck in there. Also notice the shiny part on the bottom where the ring gear bolts ate away at it.



And here is my workplace. Yea, thats how I roll; in the middle of a parking lot.



I wish I had took a picture of the amount of metal shavings at the bottom of the housing. More pictures to come of the D44a going in!
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Unread 05-07-2009, 03:48 PM   #35
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damn that does not make me confident in my 35 at all...i only read half the thread sorry what did you think caused this? broken axle shaft?
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Unread 05-07-2009, 04:41 PM   #36
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You're work area looks exactly like what mine use too except the apartment manager use to yell at me.
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Unread 05-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #37
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damn that does not make me confident in my 35 at all...i only read half the thread sorry what did you think caused this? broken axle shaft?
Yea, I think the axle that I broke back in December '08 was the contributing factor. I should have inspected everything before I threw a new shaft in there. Doesn't help that I drove on it this long either. You live and you learn I guess. Either way, it lead me to getting a D44a back there. I need one anyways with the plans I have this summer and next summer.
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Unread 05-08-2009, 10:52 PM   #38
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Litte update. My D44a is offically in. Just need to get the little things buttoned up tomorrow, get the driveshaft ready and I'm ready to roll.

Pics to come as always.
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Unread 05-10-2009, 09:26 AM   #39
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You have a very nice WJ there. I like all the mods you have done to it.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 03:31 PM   #40
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You have a very nice WJ there. I like all the mods you have done to it.
Thanks!

Now on to the fun stuff. Now that I have finally settled in back home from school, I can show all the pictures I took from the axle swap. I found a non-QD D44a out of a 99 or 00 (don't really know) at a junkyard about an hour north of Purdue in Gary, IN. I ended up paying $428 total for the complete axle. It was pretty rough and needed some work to get looking good. But hey, thats half the fun!

I followed Arlo's lead on the axle swap by reading his write up thread found here. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to do the swap on their WJ.

On to the pictures.

Here are a few pictures of what the axle looked like straight from the junkyard. Told you it looked pretty rough. Nothing a sledge, wire wheel, and a little elbow grease can't take care of!







As you can see, the axle came complete with upper A-arm and lower control arms, old brake line, nasty sway bar and endlinks, and even the shocks. So, the disassembly started.

Me doin' work getting that baby sway bar off. Won't be needing that thing anymore.



The pile of parts after disassembly.



After a little bit of wire wheeling and hammering, I was left with this.

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Unread 05-16-2009, 03:50 PM   #41
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Now to the actual swap.

Getting everything disconnected from the old D35.





As a side note. When you read Arlo's write he bought brand new brake lines and whatnot to go on his new D44a. I didn't have the money to do that. Turns out all the brake lines are bent the exact same way and worked perfect on the D44a. All you have to do is unbolt the peice of metal that holds the brake line on the spring perch (both sides of axle), unbolt the caliper and what-not, and undo the diff breather with a 9/16 deep well. Thats it. Complete swap over to the D44a from there.

Spring perch bolt. Both sides are pictured.





Best shot I could get of the diff breather "bolt".



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After the brakes were undone, the upper and lower contol arms was unbolted. From there the axle just slid out. Yea, we worked into the night...



Empty space.



Out with the old, in with the new.



Almost done. Man that is sexy.



Ready to roll!



As far as the driveshaft, I had it shortened 2 inches. In retrospect, I only should have shortened it 1.5 inches, but it will work.

Questions, comments, concerns are welcome.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 06:18 PM   #42
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Now to the actual swap.

Getting everything disconnected from the old D35.





As a side note. When you read Arlo's write he bought brand new brake lines and whatnot to go on his new D44a. I didn't have the money to do that. Turns out all the brake lines are bent the exact same way and worked perfect on the D44a. All you have to do is unbolt the peice of metal that holds the brake line on the spring perch (both sides of axle), unbolt the caliper and what-not, and undo the diff breather with a 9/16 deep well. Thats it. Complete swap over to the D44a from there.

Spring perch bolt. Both sides are pictured.





Best shot I could get of the diff breather "bolt".



My organized workspaces.





After the brakes were undone, the upper and lower contol arms was unbolted. From there the axle just slid out. Yea, we worked into the night...



Empty space.



Out with the old, in with the new.



Almost done. Man that is sexy.



Ready to roll!



As far as the driveshaft, I had it shortened 2 inches. In retrospect, I only should have shortened it 1.5 inches, but it will work.

Questions, comments, concerns are welcome.

Great work!
I was wondering what caused the original owned to sell the axle...
Looks like the wheel might have come off while moving and broken or melted the brake discs... which would explain the twisted brake plate?
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Unread 05-16-2009, 06:31 PM   #43
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Lol you did all that in a parking lot. Nice work.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 07:07 PM   #44
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We have the same red and black jackstands I'm pretty sure

Good work, I now have more pictures to reference when I do the swap
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Unread 05-16-2009, 10:15 PM   #45
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Nice work dude
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