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Unread 11-17-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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G2 dana 44 or a complete 8.8

I am have a tough decision between these two axles. Both will be getting 4:88 gears, ARB locker, disc brakes, and chromoly shafts. I just previously posted about what is needed to swap in an 8.8 but turns out the guy sold the 8.8 out from under after we made a deal and arrangements already. So now i am just going to buy one of these two axles new and already assembled just need some help, advice, and opinions. Thanks

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Unread 11-17-2012, 11:25 AM   #2
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Why not spend just a bit extra and get the dana 60? Then you would know you have the strongest axle they have.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 11:50 AM   #3
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Why not spend just a bit extra and get the dana 60? Then you would know you have the strongest axle they have.
Unless your running 37's or bigger the Dana 60 would hang way to low under it. Both axles would be plenty strong. If you go the g2 route get the larger 33 spline axles. The Dana 44 would be a better fit. The 8.8 is narrow and the pinion is offset more.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 12:31 PM   #4
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I'd pick the cheaper of the 2.

Not enough difference elsewhere to sway my decision.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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I think you should go back to your original plan and build your own 8.8. Go get one out of a junkyard and build it how you want it. Will be cheaper than a prebuilt setup. We've sourced 2 8.8's for both the Wranglers in my family. Mine I bought off a guy who pulled it from a JY to put into his XJ but never finished. The other we pulled out of a '99 Explorer in a local junkyard. With the Artec kit, install couldn't be easier and you get a truss.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 12:49 PM   #6
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the tire sizes i would be running would be between 35's and 37's. When i was pricing the axles they were damn near some price and ready to drop in, and i were to build one it would be close to same price as well beacuse i would take it to my mechanic for the gears locker and any welding. So i was leaning more toward a complete kit because in bolt in ready and you have the piece of mind everything will work right with no issues and if not you have a place to take it to to fix any issues. I APRRECIATE all the advice.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 12:52 PM   #7
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I bought the G2 44 for my jeep. 33 spline, ARB and 4.56 Mine shipped to my house was cheaper than buying / building a 8.8 plus the truss and all the other misc. stuff.
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If you want chrome moly shafts in the 8.8, I think your only option is the Super 88 kit.

When pricing the axles, did the 8.8 include the Super kit?
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Unread 11-17-2012, 03:08 PM   #9
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If I were considering a 37" tire I wouldn't be looking at a Dana 44 rear for longevity unless it was a jk 44 with the larger pinion shank and 9" ring gear. The 8.8 is the better choice for that large of a tire. If you are going to spend that kind of money on axles why not just have a shop build you a custom 9". The 9" is strong, can be shaved to have more clearance then a Dana 35 and are abundant!
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Unread 11-17-2012, 04:32 PM   #10
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I would use either the G2 D44 or the RJD60. Both are designed to bolt in, use your original brakes and are stronger than a 8.8. You will probably have to modify or swap the gas tank skid to run the RJD60, but the strength and ground clearance are well worth it IMO.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 04:53 PM   #11
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I would use either the G2 D44 or the RJD60. Both are designed to bolt in, use your original brakes and are stronger than a 8.8...
I think the only accurate way you can say the G2 D44 is stronger than an 8.8 is if you say the G2 D44 has stronger axle shafts compared to stock 8.8 axle shafts.
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If you want chrome moly shafts in the 8.8, I think your only option is the Super 88 kit.

When pricing the axles, did the 8.8 include the Super kit?
Not true you just have to buy them separately (i.e. shafts aren't a kit)
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Unread 11-17-2012, 04:56 PM   #13
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Not true you just have to buy them separately (i.e. shafts aren't a kit)
Do you have a link or a manufacturer name?
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Unread 11-17-2012, 05:24 PM   #14
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Well I know for fact Ford Racing makes a C Clip eliminator.

From there, I have seen Alloy USA,Ten Factory and Yukon chromos before. I dont feel like looking them up right now, and they may have been discontinued, but I know they have been made before.

With that said, Superior is still obviously the best choice.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #15
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I dunno but to me, being asked to choose between ProComp's Genuine Gear G2 house brand and an 8.8 is like being told to choose between Hostess Twinkies and chocolate covered mini-donuts. Neither are all that appealing to me when there are USDA Prime steaks & In 'n Out hamburgers out there. 8.8 axles are a good choice for many but I personally would rather have Dana axles on my TJ. One reason being that the 8.8's pinion is offset to the side more which makes it harder on the rear driveshaft.
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