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Unread 02-15-2012, 02:11 PM   #1
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Front and Rear D44

I found a guy that is swapping out his D44 axles out of his 2006 LJ. I was wondering what would be a fair price for them. They will need new ring and pinions, bearings, maybe carriers. Talking him he stated that they will need to be completely rebuilt but they come with the brake assemblies. I don't want to offer him to little or pay to much. Thanks for the help.

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Unread 02-15-2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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Okay...why all the rebuilding? What did he do to them? Are the lockers in them? Do the compressors come with them as well? What kind of shape are they in overall? I'd be a little shy of buying an axle in bad shape unless it was a steal, and I was pretty much just getting it for the housing...
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Unread 02-15-2012, 02:30 PM   #3
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Okay...why all the rebuilding? What did he do to them? Are the lockers in them? Do the compressors come with them as well? What kind of shape are they in overall? I'd be a little shy of buying an axle in bad shape unless it was a steal, and I was pretty much just getting it for the housing...
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I don't know much about what is or isn't a good price but I can tell you what I paid. I got a set out of a Rubicon with low miles and in great shape with nothing needing rebuilt. It came with the disc brakes and even good rotors and pads and I got the air compressors and all of the wiring for the lockers. I got it all for $3500 which I am pretty sure is high and people around here will tell me I am an idiot, but I was willing to pay a bit more for it to be easy.

I decided to go for it after looking around a bit and seeing rear d44's going for around $1000-1500 and even pricing out a fully rebuilt 8.8 for the rear with locker from Eastcoastgearsupply.com. The 8.8 with reman gears and locker was going to be in the 2k range and that is rear only with no compressor and upgrading the D30 in the front was gonna run close to a grand so I figured front and rear 44s in good shape with the compressors and wiring that I could just drop in with no hassle or rebuilding were worth $3500 to me.
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They arent rubicon axles. He had some currie axles from his last jeep and is swapping them in. I have a d30 and d35 and am looking for something to build up to put in my 2003
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They arent rubicon axles. He had some currie axles from his last jeep and is swapping them in. I have a d30 and d35 and am looking for something to build up to put in my 2003
An LJ that is not a Rubicon does not have D44 axles. The rear is a 44 and front is a 30 just like you have.

Value - D30 front perfect condition and gear ratio you want - $200-$400. D30 that needs "complete rebuild" - almost worthless, maybe $100 to be REALLY generous.

D44 rear that needs "complete rebuild" - $100-300, again to be REALLY generous.
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An LJ that is not a Rubicon does not have D44 axles. The rear is a 44 and front is a 30 just like you have.
This is correct. Only the Rubi had front and rear D44s. They also had 4 wheel disc brakes, FYI.
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I just bought a Tj d44 out of an 05 Tj, and it came with disc brakes, stock 30 spline shafts & geared at 373 for $500. Also just bought a Hp-d/30 geared 355 for $60. It's a little rough, though quite salvageable. Both are open.
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Have you tried asking him want he wants for the both?
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Thanks for the info. It may be just a d44 rear which would be ok. I really just want to replace my D35. He hasnt Said what he wants flr them yet but i wanted to get an idea. If i only by he rear would work fine and then i could build it as funds allowed and then it would be a roll under swap.
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Thanks for the info. It may be just a d44 rear which would be ok. I really just want to replace my D35. He hasnt Said what he wants flr them yet but i wanted to get an idea. If i only by he rear would work fine and then i could build it as funds allowed and then it would be a roll under swap.
Yeah...the front isn't going to be a 44 unless it's 1) a Rubi 44, or 2) some other 44 that has been swapped in.

I'd look at just getting the rear and doing exactly what outlined above. Offer him a couple hundred on it if it's in as sad a shape as you say...you're pretty much buying a housing and shafts, it seems. Knock together a stand and learn how to build an axle; set up your ring and pinion, truss it if you like, etc, etc. Then you'll be in good shape to regear your front when you get ready to bolt this one in.
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Thanks for all the comments it has been a big help.
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