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Unread 05-31-2013, 11:34 AM   #1
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Dana 44 strength

Ive bent the tubing on my stock rear Dana 44. I pulled one to replace it from a rolling scout 2 frame that I have. Just curious if there were any difference in the tubes on this one other than length? Is it any stronger? I am gonna have a shop truss this one.

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Unread 05-31-2013, 11:54 AM   #2
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Is the diameter the same? Every Scout D44 I've come across uses the smaller 2-5/8" OD tube (same size as a Dana 30) vs. 2-3/4" on most other D44s.
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Unread 06-01-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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On your bent 86 axle, would you be Intrested in selling an axle shaft out of it provided its not bent too and spins without wobble ? I think I need the drivers side. Ill check
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Unread 06-01-2013, 03:01 PM   #4
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driver side axle shaft is bent too i dont think the passenger side is bent
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Unread 06-01-2013, 03:20 PM   #5
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Is there anywhere in your area that can straighten the tubes? We have a couple of shops in the Denver area who do that regularly. Check for a automotive frame shop.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 08:26 PM   #6
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Yea I thought about that..but wouldn't the diff still have to be removed?
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Unread 06-02-2013, 09:00 PM   #7
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The guy that I use doesn't remove the tubes from the diff, if that's what you mean. I've seen pictures from Currie and Dynatrac straightening tubes and they leave them in place as well.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 11:07 PM   #8
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Who can straighten tubes in Denver?
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Unread 06-03-2013, 01:24 PM   #9
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Josh @ Crawlertech does it all the time. He has all kinds of fixtures he uses for different axles. I watched him take a Ford 8.8 that was bent like a pretzel (slight exagerration) and straighten it out in about 30 minutes. He's a perfectionist.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 04:23 PM   #10
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I had crawlertech recommended for axles over on the colorado 4x4 site so he must be the place to go.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #11
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I dont see how rebending an axle tube would ever be as strong as it was before it was bent .
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Unread 06-03-2013, 06:44 PM   #12
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I dont see how rebending an axle tube would ever be as strong as it was before it was bent .
One way would be if you trussed it after you straightened it. Otherwise the difference in strength would be very small.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 07:54 PM   #13
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what are you doing to bend your 86Dana 44? I have not bent mine?
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Unread 06-04-2013, 02:42 PM   #14
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I went a couple weeks back to an offroad park here in TN that had alot of steap hills and rock ledges. I have Yukon ZIP lokcers on both front and rear axles. Did quite a bit of bouncing. I was hanging with 2 other JK's with at least $15,000-$20,000 in mods each. . Anyways I went ahead and pulled the D44 outta the scout and having shop truss it for me. should be up and running by next weekend.
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