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Unread 08-22-2009, 02:59 AM   #1
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Absolute easiest/quickest way to put Dana 44s on a CJ7?

I am somwhat limited in my abilities working on my Jeep, I was wondering what the easiest quickes way to put dana44 axles on my CJ would be? I have an 84 so its already a wide trac, I wouldnt mind a few inches wider on the axles but would like to avoid it if possible. I do not know much about fabrication and wanted to know if there were donor vehicles that would allow a direct swap and if not what the quickest route to getting D44s on my jeep would be with no more than 2 to 4 inches wider axles? Sorry if this has been covered but I have a pretty specific idea of what I want and thought it would be easier to just post a thread.

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Unread 08-22-2009, 06:03 AM   #2
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Find someone who has already done the swap and is upgrading again. Then buy theirs. Direct bolt in.

For the most part, a little work will be required - grab some waggy axles and change the perches. Then outboard your springs of the frame. Can be done in a weekend.
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Unread 08-22-2009, 06:38 AM   #3
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Some of the 86 CJ7's came with a Dana 44. Its a direct bolt in. The only thing different is the u bolt backing plate are alittle bigger and you will need a little larger U Bolts.
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Unread 08-22-2009, 07:36 AM   #4
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Buy a 1986 CJ-7 WT D44 rear and a front housing that has already been built (with the diff not in the way of the passenger leaf), like this one:

Cj wide track 44 front - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

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