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Dana 60 45 24.32%
Dana 44 71 38.38%
Ford 8.8 69 37.30%
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post #1 of 67 Old 05-07-2008, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Poll: Best TJ axle swap

I've searched around but I want to get the general opinion of whats best for my jeep. I'm thinking of 3 axles:

Dana 60

Ford 8.8

Dana 44

What is best for the price and will last? I am also curious about ease of swap.

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post #2 of 67 Old 05-07-2008, 04:48 PM
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what are your plans for your rig.

daily driver, rock krawler, competition buggy?

no off-road, some off-road, moderate off-road, extreme off-road?

it all depends on what you plan to use your jeep for.


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Its my daily driver and I wont be changing any of the things in my sig for quite a while. I'm on the road a lot, but when I take it wheeling I dont mess around . I just want a strong axle that wont kill me financally.

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38's or bigger/heavy trail use- D60

Everything else 8.8 or D44...

8.8 > 44

60- a little more effort to swap than other 2, if you wanna run factory width you have to get the housing and axles cut down... Also you should get matching lug patterns so you gotta change the front axle also. Im not sure if anyone makes brackets or other things you need for the swap but you gotta take that into account. Very beef axle. Can be had for fairly cheap or pretty expensive depending on where you find one.

8.8- fairly easy swap, all brackets and hardware are made by offroad dealers... Like a half inch skinnier on either side than the factory axle, so that wont be a problem. Disk brakes, 31 spline shafts, stronger than 44. Can be had for cheap + brackets and hardware.

44- From a TJ direct bolt in swap. If not then see 8.8. Usually overpriced if from a TJ can be found pretty cheap from waggy and other older trucks + brackets and hardware.

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D44 from another TJ, is what I would suggest if your not gonna go big on the tires.

35's are about max IMHO.

I think the 8.8 is great for bragging rights, but the cost and pain of
changing out the mounts is a big negative. Same as the D60...

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You now have a real poll and I made the first vote.

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D44 from another TJ, is what I would suggest if your not gonna go big on the tires.

35's are about max IMHO.

I think the 8.8 is great for bragging rights, but the cost and pain of
changing out the mounts is a big negative. Same as the D60...
Just curious, have you ever put in an 8.8? I did mine about six months ago and it was really easy. For the difference in price from a 44 I had a good bit of cash left over. The strength difference is not worth getting excited over and if I could have found a 44 for a reasonable price I would have went that way.
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Haha thanks jerry

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I vote 8.8, assuming you've got the time and ability to get it under the jeep. This is also contingent on the OPs intended use.

If money was no issue and he planned on trail only use, D60 all the way.
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I disagree. I think this is backwards, because I would rather have a non c-clip differential. IMO, if the axle breaks and the shaft walks out of the housing, then what do you do? If you're on the trail you gotta find a log or something to keep the axle in the housing. If you've got retainer plates, then you just keep driving. Mind you it will be pretty noisy and slow, but you don't have to do any trailside wrenching. Get it on the trailer and fix it at home.

Other than that, I agree with everything Zice said Pretty much took the words out of my fingers (See what I did there?)

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Do you really think a 44 will be strong enough for what I need?

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I disagree. I think this is backwards, because I would rather have a non c-clip differential. IMO, if the axle breaks and the shaft walks out of the housing, then what do you do? If you're on the trail you gotta find a log or something to keep the axle in the housing. If you've got retainer plates, then you just keep driving. Mind you it will be pretty noisy and slow, but you don't have to do any trailside wrenching. Get it on the trailer and fix it at home.

Other than that, I agree with everything Zice said Pretty much took the words out of my fingers (See what I did there?)
I could be wrong here but Ive always been under the understanding that the disk's will hold the axle in the housing if it were to break. yeh or neh?

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Just curious, have you ever put in an 8.8? I did mine about six months ago and it was really easy. For the difference in price from a 44 I had a good bit of cash left over. The strength difference is not worth getting excited over and if I could have found a 44 for a reasonable price I would have went that way.
I have a D44 swapped in from a newer TJ. I helped a buddy install an 8.8
in his TJ. I was not difficult the brackets he bought welded up perfect.

The down sides are they are "C" clip axles, though the disk brakes will
hold the axle in if he breaks it. The biggest down side for "ME" would be the
width. My Tj rubs on the inside of the fender wells at full stuff with a D44.

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I could be wrong here but Ive always been under the understanding that the disk's will hold the axle in the housing if it were to break. yeh or neh?

and great minds think alike
Not all 8.8s have disk brakes, But yes your right they will hold the axle in place if it breaks.

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I prefer the Dana 44. Mostly because it will install easier. Also I am not a fan of the Ford 8.8 C-clips as mentioned. Although bonus points because they are more easier to find with disk brakes than a Dana 44. The Ford 8.8 also may be easier to find at some locations and there are aftermarket parts available for both.









Dana 60 in the front and Ford 9 inch in the back...wait...what?
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