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Unread 11-09-2009, 04:33 PM   #121
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Sweet find on the d44. I want one for my mj

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Unread 11-09-2009, 05:15 PM   #122
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I'm working on picking up a another d44 in Charlotte. If it falls through I'll let you know.

You should run this one in your MJ
I'm still leaning toward my 8.25 w/discs. Keep me posted if that deal falls through, we'll work a trade on it and the wheel set you have.

I re-posted it if you want to take a look at it clean:

FS: XJ Dana 44 3.54 gears - North Carolina 4x4 Forum
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Unread 11-09-2009, 05:22 PM   #123
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awesome MJ man. thats a great deal for that D44. they sell for twice that out here
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Yea, and I thought it was one of the 11 Commandments:
11) Thou shalt love, cherish, and honor till death, thine square headlights above all other earthy things sayith the Lord.
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Unread 11-09-2009, 05:27 PM   #124
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awesome MJ man. thats a great deal for that D44. they sell for twice that out here
Thanks. BTW awesome pic:

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Unread 11-09-2009, 05:34 PM   #125
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HAHA thanks. . but again, i love your MJ. one day i hope to have one to use as a DD/work type truck. its a little more versatile than an XJ is some respects.
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Yea, and I thought it was one of the 11 Commandments:
11) Thou shalt love, cherish, and honor till death, thine square headlights above all other earthy things sayith the Lord.
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Unread 11-11-2009, 03:15 PM   #126
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I'm staying with my original plans and using the 8.25 that I've already started on. I was really thinking of selling the D44, but I've been swamped with a bunch of low ball offers so it looks like it will stay in the basement (there's always the next project). The D44:



Here's the 8.25 I'm starting with. '99 model, drum brakes, 29 spline axles and 3.55 gears.



I spent today cleaning the 8.25 up and getting it prepped to have the new perches welded on. If everything works out I hope to have it ready to go in by Monday or Tuesday.


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Unread 11-11-2009, 04:04 PM   #127
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I think thats the cleanest axle ive ever seen. nice work
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Unread 11-11-2009, 08:17 PM   #128
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good choice on the axle. chances are an old D44 would need a lot of new parts since its so old. the 8.25 is probably a lot newer and has a lot of life left in it. i did the same swap in my 90. sure the D44 is tempting due to its prestige, but the axles are nearly equivalent in almost all categories.
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Unread 11-13-2009, 09:04 PM   #129
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good choice on the axle. chances are an old D44 would need a lot of new parts since its so old. the 8.25 is probably a lot newer and has a lot of life left in it. i did the same swap in my 90. sure the D44 is tempting due to its prestige, but the axles are nearly equivalent in almost all categories.
You're 100% right.
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Unread 11-13-2009, 09:12 PM   #130
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Took the 8.25 to work today and left it with the brother in law. He's going to weld the new perches on tonight and I'm going to pick it up tomorrow after work.
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Unread 11-17-2009, 02:24 PM   #131
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Making some progress on the rear diff. Got the perches welded on, the brother in law did a pretty decent job. Some pic of the welds:



Another shot:



We welded the perches parallel to the old XJ ones and after they were welded I cut the old ones off and smoothed the tubes out:



Ready for finish sanding:



Finish sanded and...:



...ready for paint:

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Unread 11-17-2009, 02:39 PM   #132
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Painted up:





Monday I headed out to the junk yards hoping to find some ZJ rear brakes, but after 2 yards no luck. I went to the third yard and scored better than I expected. I found a set off an '05 KJ with 49K. The backing plates, calipers and the assorted nuts and bolts - $85. KJ's came with an 8.25 from the factory so no grinding out the centers of the mounting brackets. Just bolt them on. I had read about using the KJ brakes here:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/f...5-axle-750112/



Ceramic brake pads, new rotors and some hardware from the 'Zone' $115.



Parking brake assembled on one side. I picked up the longer mounting studs for the backing plate/caliper bracket, but they were a PITA to reinstall so I drilled the holes a little larger and used 3/8 grade 8 bolts with nylox nuts.



The install is surprisingly simple, the only real obstacle will be installing the soft lines.


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Unread 11-17-2009, 03:39 PM   #133
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Wow! Looking very good. What is your process for cleaning the axles?
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Unread 11-17-2009, 04:50 PM   #134
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Wow! Looking very good. What is your process for cleaning the axles?
A cup style wire brush on a 4 1/2" grinder (Craftsman 2-3/4 in. Wire Cup Brush) I'd do it outside, it makes a mess.

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Unread 11-17-2009, 07:54 PM   #135
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This is what Chrysler calls a "slider". I dropped one of them at the junk yard, fortunately the pads I bought came with new ones. Otherwise the dealership wants $11.41 each for them.

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