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Unread 11-21-2012, 04:46 AM   #1
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G2 Dana 44 gear ratio

I am looking at buying a rear G2 dana 44 with arb locker for my jeep, I currently have turdy 5 with 3.07 gears and I have 33inch tires. IT SUCKS. lol. I was wondering what the best gear ratio is for 33's and 35's because I still have alot of life in my tires. I am putting in a hp dana 30 so I know I can't go above 4.88's. I was thinking 4.56's, and I know someone's gonna say use the search function and believe me I have.

As I side note, if anyone is getting rid of nicely built rear axle for the right price I would be interested. Figured I'd throw it out there, keep scouring the classifieds but nothing yet. Trying to save a little cash and not buy the G2 if I don't have to. Thanks for the help.

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Unread 11-21-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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Go with 4.88, you'll want it when you go to 35s.

I have 4.88 and 33's, I like it so much I wish I could have gone with 5.13 for when I go to 35s. You will however have a very short first gear with the NV3550, all the better IMO.
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^^^^ X2^^^^^
i had 4.88 & 33s it was not that much worse on fuel
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Approximately what mpg you guys getting
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Unread 11-22-2012, 04:31 PM   #6
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The best ratio for 33's with your 4.0L engine and 5-speed transmission is 4.56, and for 35" tires it's 4.88... decide which size tire you'll be going with, there is no optimal ratio for both tire sizes.
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Unread 11-23-2012, 12:02 AM   #7
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I am going to 35's so I think I will go with the 4.88's. Jerry your extremely knowledgeable, I would like your opinion on the rear g2 dana 44. Is it worth its price? I mainly play in the mud and some light trail riding through woods, with some light rock crawling if gravel roads count. lol
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I dunno that I'd pay the $$$ for a new G2 D44 based on the uses you described. Have you considered just installing a used Dana 44 out of a TJ? They can be found for $800 if you look around, I even read recently where someone found a good one for only $600. Not just a generic D44 that would require a lot of work to get ready to mount, one out of a TJ that didn't need any mods to bolt it in. That's what I did for my previous TJ and it worked out very well.
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I dunno that I'd pay the $$$ for a new G2 D44 based on the uses you described. Have you considered just installing a used Dana 44 out of a TJ? They can be found for $800 if you look around, I even read recently where someone found a good one for only $600. Not just a generic D44 that would require a lot of work to get ready to mount, one out of a TJ that didn't need any mods to bolt it in. That's what I did for my previous TJ and it worked out very well.
in my local market they go for 800-1000 and i got a complete set (44/30) for 1200. slightly more than i wanted to pay, but i would say fair market value.

IMO i would search through some other options before going with the G2 D44. either look for a used 44 like jerry mentioned or search for an 8.8. 8.8s are very comparable in price, and depending on who you're talking to an upgrade from a 44.
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I wouldn't mind a used one but I can never seem to find any, there was a guy selling a set of front and rear 44's out of a rubicon for $2400 but of course I didn't have the funds at the time.
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$2400 for a pair of Rubicon axles wouldn't get my attention even a little bit. Just start an active search for a used rear D44 out of a TJ using Craigslist, Google, the various Jeep forum For Sale forums, etc.
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