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Unread 07-14-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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Axle Swap - ?'s about compatibility d44 to d35

Okay I am having trouble finding a Dana 44 to swap out with my broke one. Found a Dana 35 for great price and I know without matching gearing I cant go into 4x4 and the dana 35 has disk breaks when I currently have drum breaks... will that be a problem or is that an easy issue when swapping out the axle's?
I also know that until I do find my Dana 44 LS that I wont be able to go off road cuz the dana 35 can't handle it... other than that is it okay if I down grade my dana 44 temporarily to a 35 ...? (daily driver and need it back up and running)
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Unread 07-15-2012, 01:34 AM   #2
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What is wrong with your d44?
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Unread 07-15-2012, 06:27 AM   #3
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Did a search on car-part.com shows a 44 in your area 3.73 ratio for $990
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Unread 07-15-2012, 06:34 AM   #4
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Depends on a lot of other questions being answered as well. The Axle housing are different and may not fit your suspension. I'd fix the 44, you're probably going to be out less money and less frustration.
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Mounting a TJ Dana 35 will be a straight swap. The Dana 35 E-brake cables should be compatible (if you have them) with your parking brake assembly.

Your Dana 44 driveshaft may be too short, as the Dana 44 has a longer snout.

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Unread 07-15-2012, 08:06 AM   #6
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x2 on what did your break on the D44. just rebuild/fix it.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 08:11 PM   #7
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Both my ring and pinion broke a tooth off... so rebuilding it in my area is around 800 so I was looking into doing swaps instead because I can do swaps compared to the expertise needed for the rebuilding of the differential....
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Unread 07-15-2012, 08:18 PM   #8
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rebuild with better parts call it good, its a great time to regear it, and throw a locker in it
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Unread 07-16-2012, 12:18 PM   #9
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Unfortunately I don't have the skill set or the tools ( micrometer) to do the rebuild or I would.... the rebuild will run me 800 to do it somewhere else with USA ring and pinion and bearing kit if I re-gear the back then I have to re-gear the front, correct? that would put my way over budget... now can I throw a locker into the d44 3.73 and if so what advantages does that give me and what would that run for the locker? ( I'm a total noob btw)
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Are you kidding me! Phoenix is about 3 million people, there isn’t a junk yard with a D44 for sale? The ring and pinion and master install kit cost $400, if you can get someone to do it for $800 that’s $400 labor, not that much if they know what they’re doing, I’d just have it done. A D35 is a step backwards, I wouldn’t recommend it. Have you been to a wrecking yard and had them look for an axle for you in their computer? They have access to a lot of sources.
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