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post #1 of 22 Old 03-04-2007, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Swap a chevy Dana 44 into a CJ?

Has anybody put a chevy front dana 44 into a cj? I'm trying to widen up my axles to the "wide trac" length, but I don't want to put in a dana 30. Someone locally is selling a complet chevy dana 44 with the axle ratio I need. I understand I need to cut the tubes, but can I change out the spindle/hubs to get the 5 on 5.5 wheel stud pattern? Anybody know of a place I can get a housing of the approprate length for cheap?

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-04-2007, 08:10 PM
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Yes you can cut it down. Yes, it can be converted to 5 on 5.5 (cost and what needs to be done depends on the year). Why would you need another housing, if you're cutting this one down? Bottom line, it won't be cheap, if you don't do the work yourself...it's not that dificult. Also, unless you're planning on going spring over, the Chevy might be the wrong housing to use.

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I am planning to go spring over, and planning to use Wrangler springs. As far as the other housing, it was just to make the job easier. I don't mind doing the work myself. Nothing can be as hard as the engine swap I did to it (I now own sooo many more tools), but I figured if there was a housing already cut down, it might be worth a few extra bucks. What does it take to convert to 5 on 5.5? Does both sides of the chevy axle have to be cut?
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after its cut down, you will need new 5 on 5 shafts. i dont know how much would need to be cut, that you would have measure. measure from the pinon out on your stock axel then add what you want to for width to that mesurement and thats where you want to cut the 44. if you can, measure a wide track and that should put you spot on.

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New shafts? For a front axle?
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all you need to convert to 5 lug is mid 80's bronco stuff.
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Yeah I've read and heard that a lot of dana 44 stuff is interchangeable. Luckily my roomate just did a dana 44 swap on his '67 bronco and did a ton of research. Does anybody know how much to cut off each side to make it possible to use a stock jeep/chevy axleshafts (shorter ones of course) I'd love to still be able get a replacement at old farmer bills auto parts in whatever small town is closest.
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Anybody know?
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Can't answer questions about cutting stuff....

This link shows how to convert to 5 lug.

http://www.jeepgod.net/d44625.html

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That info is great thanx.
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Just finished mine a few months back. Post is here

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EMS Offroad sells Dana 44 front housings already cut down to 'wide-track' CJ width along with alloy inner shafts setup either SUA or SOA for under $500. They usually have them up on Ebay or a simple Google will get you to their web site. Google will also get you through the 5 on 5.5" conversion..folks have been doing it for years and the info is commonly available at this point. Once you start cutting stuff down, unless you plan around stock axle shaft sizes, you're in custom land. What is commonly done with GM front ends is to narrow them to use Waggy shafts...you can usually just shorten the driver side and run a Waggy shaft on that side and a GM shaft on the passenger side.

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Got a number for how much to cut off the drivers side? The housing seems too expensive considering the amount of work involved, so I'd like to do it myself. Great info though. Thx
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Look up the shaft lengths and figure it out. Should be around ~4"

You have to grind the weld around the inner C and remove it, jig the housing, cut the tube, put the C back on, line it up correctly and re-weld, and move the spring perch. If you have the tools & know-how and more time than money, go for it.

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Time and tools I got. I have friends for the know how. How should I go about adjusting the caster? Is the chevy axle close enough to not worry about it?
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