Hey guys...so after a very long time of searching the web and trying to find a good deal on a dana 44..I finally found one I went and picked it up today. He was asking 800 buks for the front (dana 30) and rear (dana 44). So after some back and forthness I scored the Dana 44 w/ limited slip (I believe it has it, he said it did) for 475 buks. He must have broken a shaft I would think at one point. Because why would he say it also has a chromoly shaft in there?? So, I only have to fix one thing on it so far, the pinion seal is leaking oil. He said he was going to replace it but never got to it. He even gave me the replacement pinion seal new in the box. So below are some pics of the 44 sitting on my patio on some jack stands... The axle is pretty oily and dirty right now. I asked him if we could take the diff cover off cuz I want to inspect it before I purchase. He said, no problem. So we took it off and I grabbed the pinion at the end and spun it so the gears would turn and I could get a good look. They were in GREAT shape. I was impressed! We also took the axle shafts out and the were GREAT as well...score!
All I have to say is you are one lucky mofacky! Score...I saw that on craigslist today. I guess I'm too late!
Yep! that is the one. I jumped all over it. Man I been like a crack addict trying to find my fix on a Dana 44. I drove 2 hours to his place and 2 hours back. It took forever! But, I'm glad. It looks good and once I get some opinions and stuff. This puppy will be tip top!
He may not have broken a shaft, chromolys are a common upgrade for the added strength
The master install kit isnt too bad you just have to pay attention to detail, much easier while the axle is out
Is the master install kit like your regearing? Cuz I have no idea how to set the backlash and all that other stuff involved. Is their not anyone else out there with opinions? Come on guys help me out please!
-Clean it at the car wash maybe bring a tire brush if you are picky.
-Clean the inside with brake cleaner.
-Mount it in jeep. (I personally don't like working on axles out of the jeep, the torques are so high that it is sometimes easier using the weight of the jeep to hold things still).
-Replace pinion seal. You can find instructions on here with a search. I can't remember exactly how tight to tighten the pinion nut. About 180ft-lbs I think.
-Fill with fluid.
A well set up rear in will run almost forever, do not waste your money with a new master install kit. Master install + labor will be over $300 and if it was a running driving axle it probably doesn't need it anyway.
97 TJ Sport OPJ project (other peoples junk) I can't remember the last time I bought a new part.
I got this far today..I pulled the brake lines and the emergency cables. Basically all of the cables are off....
So after that I pulled the diff cover...it smelled something fierce!! The gears and everything look surprisingly ver good. No major scarring, nicks or chunks missing.
after I pulled the diff cover. I sprayed the insides with 2 cans of brake cleaner (bought a total of 4 cans) and cleaned it up and then started to get to the nitty gritty...wirin brushin!!
these pictures are cleaning the old gasket off and sprayin her with some more brake cleaner and wiping with some shop paper towels....
done for the evening. Man wire brushing this diff cover is a PITA. It takes forever to get that rust and other ***** off of there. Almost done with the diff cover. Will finish that up probably tomorrow and then start wire brushin the remainder.