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Unread 08-28-2004, 10:17 AM   #1
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Dana 44 Front Ford 9 inch Rear

I am currently looking into doing this swap. I snapped the 35c again a couple days ago and now I have the opportunity to upgrade. Does anyone know of any resources that would help me make the swap? What considerations do I have to take into account? Any good places to get the adapters to fit the new axles to my driveshafts? I am totally lost when it comes to this. I have done gears before but that was in a full shop, now I am in a gravel driveway. I am planning on having the gears, and mounting points done by someone who knows what they are doing, but the rest I can do. Also, where is the best deal on the rock crawler rims, or who do I stay away from? I have to go to 5 on 5.5 instead of the 5 on 4.5 that I currently run.

53 willys wagon with less of rust and no more bugs. Now sporting a 1988 wagoneer frame, amc 360, dana 44's.

'80 CJ-5, full width, 3 link front, 1/4 elliptical rear, 38's, and propane.
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Unread 08-30-2004, 08:41 AM   #2
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It cost me a little bit more than usual, but I just surfed ebay and grabbed a d44 out of an '02 for $1700 or so shipped. It was a direct bolt in, and no driveshaft mods were necessary with my 2" budget boost, and 1" MML.

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Unread 08-30-2004, 09:51 AM   #3
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I've been looking for the stuff to do the front end:

77.5-79 F250 HP D44 has 1/2" thick tubes, and is very easy to narrow

The F250 axle, see if you can find it cheap with out the knuckles and stuff. You can then rebuild the ends with new bearings/seals/etc so everything is new.

Chevy D44 flat tops (allows for high steer) & caliper brackets

Ford rotor and hub assembly (5x5.5)

Warn Premium hubs from Napa for $95 for a pair.

Hi-steer stuff, knuckles etc HERE

drive shaft stuff

Guys at the above links have answered ?'s I've had...

For the rear I swapped in a XJ D44-also considered the 8.8 route.
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