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Unread 01-19-2016, 02:41 AM   #1
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Dana 44 conversion for CJ7

I have a 83 cj7 wide track that came with a amc20. I found a rear Dana 44 out of a scout II. But the Dana 44 didn't come with brake drums. Pricing those looks around $200 and just for fun I was pricing out disc conversion for the rear Dana 44.

So 3 questions.

1) I have seen some used disc brake conversion kits on eBay for YJ ZJ etc. is it possible to use these on this scout Dana 44? I'm pretty sure I would need new rotors because the CJ is a 5x5.5 tire bolt pattern.

2) if I stick with the drum brakes can I use the parking brake cable off the amc20? It kinda looks like it.

3). Again if I stick with the drum brakes I found some cheaper drums for a old jeep Dana 44 but the gap around the drum and brake plate is larger then normal. I'm guess that would allow more dirt to possibly get up near the brakes? Or is this not a concern?

Thanks.

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Unread 01-19-2016, 03:01 AM   #2
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I did the scout 44 conversion to my 81 NT, and used WT brake cables, so the answer to #2 is yes.
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Unread 01-19-2016, 09:55 AM   #3
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If memory serves me correctly(?) the Scout 44 rear has a different bolt pattern where the brake backing plate bolts on to the axle then the Jeep 44, not sure about the 20, or the YJ/ZJ. So if you want to do a disc brake conversion you may have to redrill the caliper hangers to match?
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Unread 01-19-2016, 11:20 AM   #4
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I could also go his route and use Chevy calipers?

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Unread 01-19-2016, 12:06 PM   #5
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I could also go his route and use Chevy calipers?

Yup that could be made to work. I'm thinking the Scout 44 had a 4 bolt pattern that was not evenly spaced, but not sure.
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Unread 01-19-2016, 01:34 PM   #6
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Yes. Here's a pic of the Dana 44. Not evenly spaced.
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Unread 01-19-2016, 01:43 PM   #7
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I could also go his route and use Chevy calipers?

That is a conversion for the front axle, I doubt the spacing would be correct for the rear. Last disk conversion we did, new style/thin CJ front rotors with the studs pressed through the them then the axle shaft. Cut down backing plate to use just as a retainer. Then GM metric calipers with weld on brackets from Speedway motors. No E-Brake right now, but would just need to move to the e-brake metric calipers and fab a quick bracket for the cables.
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Unread 01-19-2016, 05:28 PM   #8
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I'm running the same rear axle. I used Parts Mike for my rear disc conversion years ago. No E-brake though. He may have something better now.
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