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Unread 11-22-2002, 08:32 PM   #1
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*Strange Dana Spindle Nuts*

On a few Dana 44's that I have worked on, Scout II's mainly) I have noticed a different spindle nut set up. Instead of the usual nut, bent lock washer, nut, washer, bearing.... set up it consist of a round nut with 3 set screws that lock into a index ring (round washer with many holes that match the outer set screws) and then the second nut and so on... Does anyone know what I am talking about and where can I get these????? They fit both Dana 30 and 44 spindles. All of the parts places think that I am nuts>

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Unread 11-22-2002, 10:53 PM   #2
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Yea, Ive seen a couple of these. I assume that there is a problem with yours and you are trying to replace it. If I remember right, you should be able to replace them with the GM/Ford set up consisting of a pinned inner nut, indexing lock washer, and outer lock nut. If you change over, be sure that the outer nut tightens past the outer edge of the spindle, as some spindles are slightly shorter than others. If this is the case with yours, use a bearing nut from a CJ to lock the assembly,as this nut is thinner than the upgrade.
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That's your typical Dana 44 setup. There's really nothing strange about them. Typical of the Dana 60 also. The Dana 30 is the only one that uses the bent washer POS. FYI there is also a single nut that Ford used in their 44's that requires not locknut or indexing washer. You simply tighen it until it ratchets and you're done. You can find it on www.jeepwire.com in the Jeep tech section. Works on Dana 30's also.

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Ummm, that's your typical Dana 44 setup. Typical of the Dana 60 also. The Dana 30 is the only one that uses the bent washer POS. FYI there is also a single nut that Ford used in their 44's that requires not locknut or indexing washer. You simply tighen it until it ratchets and you're done. You can find it on www.jeepwire.com in the Jeep tech section. Works on Dana 30's also.
One thing to remember about the one piece ratcheting spindle nuts is that you MUST have a spindle nut wrench to loosen them, since the fingers depress the inner locking mechinism. No screwdrivers and hammers here. They are, however, much simpler to use.
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Unread 11-23-2002, 09:33 AM   #5
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Thanks, didn't know that they were that common......I've seen both the bent washer AND the set screw kind in the 44's and only the bent washers in the 30's. (as you said) Mine are fine, I just like the set screw style better then the bent washer and want to upgrade them in my Dana 30....I did see the ratcheting Ford kind and the Ford kind with the small pin that is punched in to the small aligning hole.....I'm looking at cost and I already have the tools for the others. Anyone know where to purchase the set screw kind new? If not, I'll try the junk yard.
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