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post #1 of 8 Old 08-20-2010, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at buying 44 and 60 axles, comments.

I want to upgrade my axles and have a lead on some off craigslist. The front is a Dana 44 off a Wagoneer with a passenger side pumpkin. The rear is a ff60?? off a '77 ford f250. Front is 66" and rear is 65."

I originally wanted 44's front and rear, but everybody wants a bunch for them. I seem to be getting a pretty good deal on these. I can deal with the 60 out back. I plan on staying SUA. When I cut them to length, I will leave a couple extra inches to widen the stance. I was thinking about cutting both ends, if I needed to, to ensure proper castor. It looks like the 60 already has the 4.10 gears I want so I'd just have to match the front up. The 44 has 8 lug hubs and flat top knuckles. I don't know about the 60. How hard is it to make them match? I'd like to keep the flat tops, but I could go with any lug pattern.

Aside from having to outboard the springs, and general setup involved with the swap, what do y'all think?

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A wagoneer D44 is not going to be 66" wide. Maybe a WT D44 off a Cherokee Chief but not a wagoneer. I'd measure and make sure.

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even the chief is not that wide, plus it only has 6 lugs. It has to be off a 3/4 or one ton to have 8 lugs.
If I were you I'd find out if it's off a sua or a soa to make the job easier.

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The guy says the 44 is 66" wms to wms. He has the perches to go SOA, but they are not welded and I want to stay SUA.

BTW this is not an immediate need. I want to get the axles and take my time building them.
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It is off a 3/4 ton J20.

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Okay, the guy called me and we spoke for a while. The 44 has highway gears, I forget which ones. I would need to change them to 4.10 anyway. He was going to use the axles in his '84 CJ, but found a waggy 44 and 14 bolt rear already set up.

He said that the axles will both mount up without cutting, and the front pumpkin will only be off about an inch from stock. I will have to outboard my springs. I still think I would cut them down, just to bring the tires in a bit. I could also set the pinion angle and castor to best match my needs.

We both agreed that the 60 is a bit overkill, but once installed I'd never need anything else.
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It is off a 3/4 ton J20.
Then that's most likely the rear from the same truck. It would have had a 30-spline D60FF just like the Ford.

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No such thing as overkill when it comes to axles!

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