So I found a Dana44 out of an MJ for a great price. My plan for a 44 is to 4 link it so welding and brackets are needed anyways and a bolt on unit not necessary. That said, would TJ components ( shafts, carrier, etc) fit in the housing?
Well based on that and some other reading around it seems it would work. That and an XJ Dana 44. The Spicer part numbers are different but the upgraded shafts fit both models.
Haha yeah it took me a while to figure out what to look under but I got it. I also cross-referenced models and got to the XJ having similar dimensions. I can pick up a complete XJ axle for under $200 around here.
So now that I got that figured out, then come the internals. As far as I can tell, if I buy a locker for a 44 (non JK) then I'm in business. Would there be any other little differences I should be aware of or looking into?
I just did a quick search and it seems that all jeep dana 44 use the same rebuild kit, including bearings so that should be it I think. Just have to throw some numbers to see how much would the necessary additions would cost and if that would offset the cost of a TJ axle.