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Unread 01-09-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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Dana 44 front Dana 35c rear?

okay so i was going over the forums and i was wondering if this is normal? let me explain further...

my tj is 04 and i had an accident a few years back (hit someone from behind) and everything "was" stock... im not sure if they put a dana 44 like a rubi for the front axle...

the rear looks like a Dana 44 (shape is the same) its housing isnt oval shaped... but it has a rubber stopper so i figure that its a Dana 35c?

basically is this setup right? then again... the Dana 44 and the Dana 30 housing looks pretty similar (housing wise) and im inexperienced so i was just wondering...

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Unread 01-09-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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crawl under the jeep and look for sure, then report back:
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The D44, D30 and D35 all look different.
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Unread 01-09-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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Who are "they"? Did they replace the front axle? A stock Dana 30 does not have the rubber plug like the 35. If your front axle was replaced, I don't see any chance an insurance co would pay the extra $$ for a Rubi 44 up front. Is yours a Rubicon?? I have heard of people buying a Rubi, swapping axles and re-selling it to someone that does not know better. Happened to someone I know.
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Unread 01-09-2009, 05:35 PM   #4
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Your front axle is a Dana 30, but it does look to some (primarily because it has a threaded steel fill hole plug) like a Dana 44 so it can be a little confusing when you're new to Jeeps.
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Unread 01-09-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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crawl under the jeep and look for sure, then report back:
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The D44, D30 and D35 all look different.
this is what i thought ... then i took a look... okay the front looks like a dana 30 now that ive gotten fully under...

the rear however still looks like a D44 but it has a rubber stopper thing... so does that make it a 35c or a 44? the housing is different from the front... so im sure its closer to the D44 cept for the rubber circle that kinda resembles a 35c

i have an 04 tj X
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If the rear differential cover has a plastic/rubber snap-in fill hole plug, it's definitely a Dana 35c, not a Dana 44 which has a threaded steel plug there instead.
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If the rear differential cover has a plastic/rubber snap-in fill hole plug, it's definitely a Dana 35c, not a Dana 44 which has a threaded steel plug there instead.
even though the housing is the same as the D44?
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If it is an X it will not have the 44 unless it is a special package like the Rocky Mountain Edition. I found that out the hard way. Welcome to the world of the Dana 35! Be very nice to it and it should be ok with small tires.
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even though the housing is the same as the D44?
Trust me, it's not.
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If it is an X it will not have the 44 unless it is a special package like the Rocky Mountain Edition. I found that out the hard way. Welcome to the world of the Dana 35! Be very nice to it and it should be ok with small tires.
lol great...whats the largest small tire that i can put on?

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lol great...whats the largest small tire that i can put on?

thanks guys for all your help... fast too!
again...read the FAQ.

31x10.50R15 is max tire size for stock suspensions.
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If the suspension is stock 31s if you put a lift you would be safe with 33s unlocked, if you want to lock or go to 35s there is a lot more involved.
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stock 31x10.5R15 is the biggest on stock, thats what i havve and they rub a bit once and awile nothing serious tho....

lifted,you would be safe with 33's, 35;'s if you wheel the 35's easy....one guy i offorad with has 38's on stock d35 with stock axle shafts and hasent had a problem in 2 years of wheeling....he crawls through everyhting tho and all we have is mud around here....tons of other guys in my club are beating the S**T outta their jeeps running 35 inch bogers on d35's stock and no one has broken an axle yet....been well over 2 seasons of wheeling....i agree if you wanna pound your jeep with 38's and lockers you will want stronger axles but a 35 is fine to start out with

the dana 35 is nothing to be scared of, despite what people tell you on here (some guys seem to think it will break on the way to the mall or somehting) it is a perfectly capable axle for offorad...as long as you arent runnin bigger than 35's or lockers....
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the dana 35 is nothing to be scared of, despite what people tell you on here (some guys seem to think it will break on the way to the mall or somehting)

actually, proof positive brother.....






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actually, proof positive brother.....






i miss those days of having a d35 had that happen twice in one day and then came the d44 and now one tons.
jeep should have just learned from everyone they need one tons from the factory
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