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Unread 06-13-2013, 06:01 PM   #1
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JGC D44 front for TJ?

There was a GC in my dad's shop last week. The owner wanted a new front end put under it. The customer gets what the customer wants.

I spy the old axle, and see it's a D44. Looks like the only thing wrong with it is a busted CV joint.

Would this axle be worth keeping around for a future swap?

I assume I would have to change spring/shock mounts, shafts, maybe even knuckles, but the control arm mounts look to be close with a cursory glance, and the width doesn't look too far off....

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Unread 06-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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I don't think any of the GC's came from the factory with a D44.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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Not a factory installed axle, Grand never had a 44 front.

Was it a ZJ or WJ?

If ZJ, it'll bolt up assuming it still has factory-like suspension.

If WJ, I'm not sure it would bolt up very easily, but maybe you could make it work.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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If ZJ, it'll bolt up assuming it still has factory-like suspension.

If WJ, I'm not sure it would bolt up very easily, but maybe you could make it work.
some early ZJ's used CJ style the long nose LP D30's...IIRC. V8's used CV axles. waste of time, IMHO.

and the WJ's whole configuration is very different. Super 30 front, cross-over steering, weaker CV's, different track bar mounts, etc. It could be done, but for the welding & fabrication required you might as well do a F250 HP D44 or F350 D60.
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some early ZJ's used CJ style the long nose LP D30's...IIRC. V8's used CV axles. waste of time, IMHO.

and the WJ's whole configuration is very different. Super 30 front, cross-over steering, weaker CV's, different track bar mounts, etc. It could be done, but for the welding & fabrication required you might as well do a F250 HP D44 or F350 D60.
We are not talking about a stock GC axle.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 11:18 AM   #6
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We are not talking about a stock GC axle.
I read the OP as being from a WJ or ZJ - the shop swapped out the whole axle, now the old one is just sitting there, and he wanted to know if he could swap it into his TJ. I assume he's a little confused, and it's not really a D44.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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A front Dana 30 looks a lot like a Dana 44, it confuses a lot of people. I suspect what the OP took for a front Dana 44 is really the OE Dana 30.
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A front Dana 30 looks a lot like a Dana 44, it confuses a lot of people. I suspect what the OP took for a front Dana 44 is really the OE Dana 30.
It is quite possible I'm confused!!!

Not a 44?
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Definitely a 30
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Huh. Okay, never mind.


Was judging by the flat sides and screw in fill plug, but I guess that's just for rears.
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I read the OP as being from a WJ or ZJ - the shop swapped out the whole axle, now the old one is just sitting there, and he wanted to know if he could swap it into his TJ. I assume he's a little confused, and it's not really a D44.
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It is quite possible I'm confused!!!...
Disregard what I said, carry on.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 12:17 PM   #12
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...Would this axle be worth keeping around for a future swap?...
Only thing worthwhile on a WJ D30 is the brakes.

You can swap the setup over to the TJ D30 with some work.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 12:17 PM   #13
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That's a 30, im swapping one into my 94 ZJ 4x2 along with a NP242...
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