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Unread 01-23-2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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Dana 44 front axle CJ5????

I have a rare Dana 60 rear that is 60inches wide w/4.56 gears 5x5.5 and need a front axle to match. A dana 44 would be great. I've looked all over the forums without any luck. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!

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Unread 01-24-2011, 05:53 AM   #2
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To match a 60" rear axle, I'd probably look for a Waggy D44 front (about 60"). Swap on small GM/Waggy spindles (pre-76?) and use Ford disks to get the 5x5.5" lug pattern.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 06:30 AM   #3
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^what he said
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Unread 01-24-2011, 07:42 AM   #4
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Waggy is about 62.5" and going to five lug adds another inch. That's a good match for a 60" wide rear axle.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 09:54 AM   #5
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Awesome guys!!!!
I have a skid full of axles I've been collecting for years and found a set of scout II axles. I really don't want to break up the set so what year Waggy would be good?? Anyone have a set for sale close to WV?
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Unread 01-24-2011, 10:17 AM   #6
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74 to 79 waggy axles. Newer axles are driver drop and older axles are closed knuckles. I also believe the older axles are 5 lug dana 30s but not 100% sure
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Unread 01-24-2011, 10:30 AM   #7
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To swap the Waggy axle to 5 on 5.5" you need
1) Chevy small bearing spindles (Chevy K10, K5 or Waggy from 73-76 normally have these but not always)
2) Ford Hubs and Rotors (you can use 1979 F150 as a reference for part numbers). Use the Ford rear seal for the hub. The internal spindle bearing is Timken B-2110.
3) Chevy calipers and caliper brackets. 75 K10 is a good reference for part numbers. You can use a later Chevy version of brake parts (mid 80's) and get bigger pistons in the calipers but all the threads on them will be metric.
4) Any Dana 44 internal lockouts will work. Warn, Ford or Chevy are the easiest to find.
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3) Chevy calipers and caliper brackets. 75 K10 is a good reference for part numbers.
'74-78 chevy calipers are the same as '74-78 FSJ calipers, so the necessary axle will already have the right parts. Caliper brackets can be different, but the axle will already have brackets which work with the existing, correct calipers.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 10:41 AM   #9
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If it were me, I would get a Ford front Dana 44 and just cut and reweld the tubes to make it passenger side drop. That is what I am going to do when I get past the next 3 CJ projects. The Ford D44 is high pinion and if you get a 77 F150 D44 it has 1/2" wall DOM tubing in it. The way I see it, if you think you need a D60 in the back why not get the strongest front D44 there is while you are at it.
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'74-78 chevy calipers are the same as '74-78 FSJ calipers, so the necessary axle will already have the right parts. Caliper brackets can be different, but the axle will already have brackets which work with the existing, correct calipers.
This is true but I always buy new calipers. I guess it's just me.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 01:21 PM   #11
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I'll post some pics hopefully tonight of my project. I'm putting 42" Rockers under my 81 CJ5 and need the extra strength obviously. This jeep is mainly for show and light wheeling. I won't be too harsh on it but wanted the strength for tire size. This is being built for my "nice" jeep. I have 8 total lol.
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A Dana 44 plus 42" rockers don't play well together. That's more like Dana 60 territory even with just light wheeling.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 01:45 PM   #13
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I used a Dana 44 off of a Chevy Blazer 1973-76 and its pass side drop. I have some pics on my profile of it.
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Unread 01-26-2011, 12:24 AM   #14
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Matt's 1981 CJ5 build



These are pics of the jeep when I bought it. I had to ratchet strap axles under this to load her lol. This thing was filthy after sitting in a barn for 2years.
This is what I plan on putting the Waggy front 44 and the rear 60 under with 42" Rockers. I have lots of work ahead of me!!! I have to get this done by May for the 4X4 Jamboree near Lima, Ohio.
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With 42s I would be shopping for a d60 to cut down. Not sure if you could get (or convert) one with 5 lug
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