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Unread 05-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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KJ Dana 44 Rear

Hey guys, YJ man here hoping for a bit of help from the KJ's. A local buddy of mine has a KJ Dana 44 rear he offered me for pretty cheap. Problem is, I cant find anything out about it. All i know is that the dana 44 rear was used in South American liberties.

Does anyone else know anything about them?

Im skeptical that its a KJ 44. I feel it may be a Canadian YJ 44, (it has drum brakes) but im not 100 percent sure. Stock perches were removed, so that method will not work to tell what vehicle it is out of.

It has a factory electronic locker that is built into the differential cover. I've never seen anything like it. All my research points to it maybe being a GKN locker like the JK rubicons use. This however, further confuses me since that totally rules out the canadian yj 44 theory.

Ill try to see if I can get pics of the locker under the cover. He claims that a $60 wiring harness is needed for it to function properly. Later today, he is forwarding me all the research hes done as well. He ran it for the past year (4.10 ratio) in his XJ. The axle has always been locked and in the rear so he never bothered to find the wiring harness.

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Unread 05-22-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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Unread 05-22-2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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Well, that's a d44 alright but I never saw one with a "box" on the cover like that with an "electric locker" built in.. As far as I know, in the 02 MY KJ some export ones had a d44. Also, I heard (but never saw one) that some d35's were used in the 02MY.......not sure.

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Unread 05-22-2013, 11:24 AM   #4
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Thanks for the response!

Its a very unusual dif cover that is certain. The axle in general kind of worries me. I know its a Dana 44 but parts for this electronic locker will probably be impossible to find.

Is it possible that the box on the dif cover is some sort of receiver that only allows the rear end to be locked in 4Lo?

Im hoping to get some pics under the dif cover so we can determine exactly what locker it is. My buddy keeps insisting it is an Eaton brand electronic locker but to my knowledge, Chrysler never used an Eaton e-locker.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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Highly doubt that was ever in a KJ even a South American one
Don't see any wiring for the speedo as well
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Unread 05-22-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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That is part of my issue. I too feel it may be from a different vehicle; however, almost nothing on this axle is the same as stock. Hopefully I can go look at it in person soon. The diff cover looks factory to me, does anyone disagree?
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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #7
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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:46 AM   #8
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That is not from a KJ as there is no tone ring in there for the speedo.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 12:13 PM   #9
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Anybody have an idea what it was out of then? I'd really like to figure what locker this thing has.

He describes it as having a fork that is part of the dif cover. Actuating the fork then either locks or unlocks the rear diff
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Unread 05-23-2013, 12:15 PM   #10
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Is there any chance its an ox locker with electronic actuation? Probably not factory for sure but ox is the only Brandi know of that uses/has used a fork to lock/unlock
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Unread 05-24-2013, 09:31 AM   #11
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Well, have I got an update! I ended up buying the axle yesterday for $200. everyone happy happy happy! LOL

Anyway I got her home and found the speedo housing on top of the axle so i am fairly certain it was in a KJ at some point but it is no where near stock!!!!

Its got a locker in beautiful shape. The diff cover is definitely not factory but was professionally done for sure. I plan to order an ox cover and cables (around $250) to see if I can make that work to have a manual locker.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 06:23 PM   #12
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Well, have I got an update! I ended up buying the axle yesterday for $200. everyone happy happy happy! LOL

Anyway I got her home and found the speedo housing on top of the axle so i am fairly certain it was in a KJ at some point but it is no where near stock!!!!

Its got an ox locker in beautiful shape. The diff cover is definitely not factory but was professionally done for sure. I plan to order an ox cover and cables (around $250) to have a working ox locker.

Anyone have a cover or cables they want to sell?
It did not coime from a KJ as there also is no mounting points for the upper tri-link from those pics.It actually looks more line a Ford 8.8 then a D44,Isuzu also used a tone ringed D44 with a speedo sensor on top.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 06:39 PM   #13
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I'll post more pics in a couple days. Headed out of town for the weekend. Above the pinion there are three tapped holes in a triangular pattern. Could those be for the tri-link?

The seller had me fooled for a bit by saying it was factory. In fact nothing is factory besides the housing. I don't think the cover is factory either. The cover looks professionally cut then the selector fork housing was welded onto it. There are numbers stamped onto the cover, there should be a date correct? Problem is I don't believe the cover is the original.
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Unread 05-25-2013, 07:20 PM   #14
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there was a guy selling a few of those lockers on craigslist locally they were new in box, but old. he had the lockers and the covers. they were a big name, like eaton or something but the part number never came up doing any googling. there was also something weird about the name. maybe like detroit E locker with no eaton name. something i never heard of. he said they were made for oem use, but had no idea what the application was when i asked.
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Unread 05-25-2013, 07:44 PM   #15
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Maybe they were Detroit Elec-trac lockers?

I know Eaton and Detroit merged some time ago and since then the elec-trac has been discontinued I believe.

I heard back from ox, definitely an older ox locker. The shift fork stamping matches the pattern they use! I'm picking up a used ox brand Dana 44 cover, cable, and shifter for 80 bucks. Hoping it will all be a perfect fit
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