79 Wagoneer Dana 44 cut or not? - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep CJ Forum > 79 Wagoneer Dana 44 cut or not?

Dana 30 Truss for your TJ, LJ, ZJ, and XJFS: 2007-2013 Jeep Wrangler "HALO" Angel Eye KitFS: Wranger BRIGHT License Plate LED! Just $3! Great value

Reply
Unread 05-07-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
texasdave
Senior Member
 
texasdave's Avatar
1980 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Killeen, Texas
Posts: 924
79 Wagoneer Dana 44 cut or not?

I've searched and searched read a 100 articles and I'm just as confused as when I started.
Simple questions 1) Can you install a dana 44 axle front and rear from a 79 FSJ Wagoneer without cutting them in a 1980 Cj-7 2) If yes will it drive on the highway safely. 3) if I have to cut it I understand you can cut the long side up front. What about cutting the rear? Both sides or which one? Final question it has six lugs what vehicle could I use as a donor for rims? I know fords work on 5 lugs but I am in new water with six? Would chevy's work?

texasdave is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-07-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
spottedfrog
Registered User
1979 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Posts: 828
You can run them uncut, you have to outboard the mounts for the front on your frame though.
spottedfrog is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-07-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
jp360cj
Registered User
1977 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Posts: 1,745
Yep, outboard the front and move the spring perches inward on the back.

For the wheels, Chevy, Toyota, and full size Jeeps (Wagoneers, full size Cherokees, J10 pickups, etc) share the same 6x5.5" lug pattern.
__________________
77 CJ-7- AMC 360, Edelbrock cam, MC2100, Fenderwells, CJ T18/D20, Chevy D44/EB 9" rear, Trutrac f/r, 4.11, SOA, 1.25 lift shackles, 35x12.50 BFG KM2s, Shackle Reversal
jp360cj is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-07-2013, 10:05 PM   #4
John N
Registered User
1981 CJ8 
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Rockville, Va
Posts: 2,320
A '79 Waggy rear is most likely off-set if it was Quadratrac. The easiest route is to get a latter ('80-'91) rear, it'll be centered, to use with the '79 front. Be sure to check gear ratios and match them.
__________________
'81 Scrambler w/ FI 360 AMC, 33x12.50 BFG M/T's, 5" of lift, ARB'd Dana 44's F & R, Dana 300 clocked & twin sticked w/4:1, Warn XD9000i, etc...
2002 Grand Cherokee Limited, 2008 Overland Grand Cherokee, a 1976 CJ-7 in pieces and 3 more off-brand 4x4s...............
John N
John N is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #5
texasdave
Senior Member
 
texasdave's Avatar
1980 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Killeen, Texas
Posts: 924
How do you tell if it was Quadratrac?
texasdave is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-08-2013, 07:44 AM   #6
John N
Registered User
1981 CJ8 
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Rockville, Va
Posts: 2,320
Quote:
Originally Posted by texasdave View Post
How do you tell if it was Quadratrac?
Is the rear diff centered on the axle (or close to it)? It's usually pretty obvious, it's more than a small difference.
__________________
'81 Scrambler w/ FI 360 AMC, 33x12.50 BFG M/T's, 5" of lift, ARB'd Dana 44's F & R, Dana 300 clocked & twin sticked w/4:1, Warn XD9000i, etc...
2002 Grand Cherokee Limited, 2008 Overland Grand Cherokee, a 1976 CJ-7 in pieces and 3 more off-brand 4x4s...............
John N
John N is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-08-2013, 08:31 AM   #7
texasdave
Senior Member
 
texasdave's Avatar
1980 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Killeen, Texas
Posts: 924
Thanks I'll check it.
texasdave is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-08-2013, 08:39 AM   #8
CSP
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Colorado
Posts: 12,160
Only the '80 and up are truly centered. Even the non-quadratrac '79 and older FSJ rear axles are offset a few inches for gas tank/driveshaft clearance.
CSP is offline   Reply With Quote




Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.