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Unread 05-13-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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dana 44a vs dana 44

so the difference between the dana 44 and the dana 44a is the fact that the 44a has an aluminum casing?? is that the only difference and r both 30 spline?

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Unread 05-13-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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They're different internally too. Lockers for the cast iron Dana 44 will not fit in the Dana 44a's aluminum housing. Plus the D44a is a c-clip design, not very desireable.
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Unread 02-25-2014, 05:35 AM   #3
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Now I know that the 2 axles are different and I've done my homework on this some what but couldn't I take a skid plate made for a regular d44 and mod it so that I can make it work on a 44hd? I'm guessing since it's not dealing with a new diff cover and dealing with all the inside components I could make this plosible right?
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Unread 02-25-2014, 01:33 PM   #4
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Sure, I suppose you could make it work. Anything can be made to work with a welder, torches, and cutting wheels.

How difficult it will be to fit to the D44a will depend on how the skid attaches to the D44.
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