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Unread 03-29-2006, 05:54 AM   #1
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scout dana 44 axle?

My buddy is going to sell me some scout dana 44 axles. I have a 1980 cj7, and i already checked if they fit onto my jeep and they will. The axles have been sitting in a field for a few years and i was wondering about how much its going to cost to redo them. My rig is gonna be a daily driver, sand dunes, and a hunting rig. I plan on rebuilding my 350 chevy in the future thats why i was told to get rid of the amc 20 in the rear and the dana 30 in the front. I plan on running 300-400 horspower. The amc 20 already has heavy duty one piece axles in the rear, the biggest tire i plan on running will be a 35" tire. What do you guys think i should do? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 03-29-2006, 08:04 AM   #2
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I would keep what you have and get some heavy duty replacement shafts for your model 30. I run 36" tires with a 20/30 setup with little problems. Mine is a off road jeep only. I will break a shaft on the 30 every now and them but its an easy fix. your model 20 will be just as strong as the scout 44.
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Unread 03-29-2006, 08:36 AM   #3
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It's not a direct bolt-in (you'll have to cut & reweld the rear perches, up front you'll have to outboard your springs and cut & turn the knuckles to set proper caster). For all of that effort, you're not going to buy yourself much if any advantage in the rear...just weld & truss your AMC 20. The 30 will be right about at it's limits, but should hold up if you upgrade the shafts (Warn, Yukon, AlloyUSA, etc) & u-joints, replace the hub bolts with studs, and replace the the stock lockouts with better quality aftermarket ones (Superwinch, Warn, Milemarker).
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Unread 03-29-2006, 08:57 AM   #4
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what would you weld and truss on the axles...forgive me i'm new to the jeep mod scene.
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Unread 03-29-2006, 09:24 AM   #5
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/amc-20-too-weak-my-setup-255346/
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Unread 03-29-2006, 11:56 AM   #6
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That's a pretty complex one. I'll look around and see if I can find simpler version.
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Unread 03-29-2006, 12:14 PM   #7
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Here are some pictures and some sources. 4WD Hardware also sells one.

Con-Ferr
Dept FW
2102 B Kenmere Ave.
Burbank, CA 91504
818/848-6993
www.conferr.com

Missouri Off Road Outfitters
Dept FW
907 Keg St.
Marshall, MO 65340
660/886-3834
www.mo-offroad.com

Poison Spyder Customs
Dept. FW
2140 W. Dartmouth
Englewood, CO 80110
303/777-4820
www.poisonspydercustoms.com
129_0401_trus_01_z.jpg   axletr_1-ol.jpg  
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Unread 03-29-2006, 12:37 PM   #8
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M.O.O. went out of business, that's why we made the one in the other post. It's complex because it's removeable and also serves as a mount for a 'bam-bar' on an SOA'd rig. Something simple like the PSC one would obviously be a good way to go if you just want to weld-on something simple and go. I wouldn't bother with the under the axle ones (Go Rhino!, Con-Ferr) unless you don't mind the loss of ground clearance.
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Unread 03-29-2006, 12:37 PM   #9
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The second one is out of business
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Unread 03-29-2006, 05:09 PM   #10
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ok i see now. thanks guys.
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Unread 03-30-2006, 08:18 AM   #11
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If you are going to be running 300-400 HP a D44 will not hold up. I would setp up to a Ford 9" or D60's.

I am replacing the D44's in my 100 HP rock crawler with 9 inchers and 35 spline axles because I keep twisting axles. I like the small profile and light weight compaired to a D60.
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Unread 03-30-2006, 10:12 AM   #12
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RE: scout axles

I rebuilt a couple scout axles about 2 tears ago. I spent about 1500-2000 on them, front and rear 4.10's, a lock-right in the rear, one used rear axle, three front axles. parts for these are getting hard to find so i would make sure all the shafts are good otherwise go for it. you will have alot of fabricating to get them in but it will be worth it
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