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Unread 01-18-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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Axle conversion

Opinions needed.

Let me start by listing what i have now. I have a 97 TJ sport. A Dana 44 rear axle with 4:10 gears. It is an open diff. It has the original drum brakes and I run 32" BFG Mud Terrain tires. I blew out my spider gears when i had chains on in the deep snow.

I picked up a Jk Rubicon rear Dana 44 axle with 5:13 gearing, the factory electronic locker and No Brakes for $700.

Should I: Buy the brackets, brakes, wheel conversion spacers and new drive shaft and pay a guy to weld on the brackets (im not that good of a welder), and change the gears in my front axle. and put in the JK axle?
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Buy a locker or limited slip, have it installed and keep my current set up and sell the axle?

Also is there anything I havn't thought of yet??

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Unread 01-18-2011, 07:32 PM   #2
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I believe the JK axle is wider... you might be further along to sell the JK axle and just fix your stock Dana 44...
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Unread 01-18-2011, 08:25 PM   #3
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fix your 44.
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Unread 01-18-2011, 08:38 PM   #4
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bolt pattern is also different on the jk axle so you would have to deal with that
as well.
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Unread 01-18-2011, 08:43 PM   #5
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sell me the stock 44 and buy a jk axle for up front
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Unread 01-18-2011, 09:26 PM   #6
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Just replace your spider gears with a lockrite. $300 and a couple of hours and your done.
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Unread 01-18-2011, 09:34 PM   #7
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x2 fix the current 44
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Unread 02-15-2011, 05:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input. I think the majority is right. I would love to do this conversion, but since I have the 44 with 4.10 gears already it just seems easier to drop in a locker and go with what i have.

Anyone need a JK axle?
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Unread 02-15-2011, 05:43 PM   #9
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I would find a JK front D44 to match it. Then put them both in and run JK wheels.
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Unread 04-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #10
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Thanks for your input all. I decided to go ahead and sell the JK axle and have mine fixed. I took it into a local shop here in Colorado and am having an OX locker installed. Was a bit more expensive ($2100)than I thought it would be so I hope it is worth it.
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