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post #1 of 5 Old 06-17-2010, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Swaping in a D44, new drive shaft needed?

I am replacing the broken Dana 35 in my WJ with a D44 from a newer WJ can I use my current drive shaft or do I need to get a new one?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-17-2010, 11:53 AM
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I believe you can use your stock one it just needs to be shortened 1.5inches I think.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-17-2010, 03:28 PM
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yea, you will need to shorten the ds. With my 3" lift I had to have mine shortened 1 1/8". It was like 50 bucks at the local ds shop

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-22-2010, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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I will be delivering the driveline to the shop today, Since I do not have a lift I will be taking out 1.5 inches. If anyone has a different opinion I would rather hear it sooner than later. And to the above posters, thank you.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-22-2010, 03:17 PM
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The first shaft I did I took a whole 2'' out... to much. the 2nd one I only took out 1.75.. IMO still to much. I should have just measured and trusted myself(I did measure, but didn't trust).. i think 1.25 would be perfect. 1'' might even be enough, when I did my measuring it seemed to only be off by a u-joint cap.. which is 1.062.

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