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Unread 07-02-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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Replacing axles

Well it seems like i've found a decent deal on a set of axles. I found a 30/44 for $500. My plan is to have my wife take them to the shop to get re-geared for my 35s so that when i get back from my deployment I can just bolt them in. The axles are from a 01 TJ and mine is a 04. They should be straight bolt ons correct? Since I'm sure the pumpkin is a different size would i need to get a different driveshaft?

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Unread 07-02-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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They should bolt right in.
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Unread 07-02-2010, 08:33 PM   #3
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They should bolt right in.
Yes and no. They should bolt right in, but with no spring lift (according to your profile) your driveshaft may be too short. The D44 is 1" longer. You would not be able to tell until you bottom the rear suspension out, and jam your slip yoke into your TC case. Best to do it on jackstands before you put the rear springs back in, instead of on a trail. You can have it shortened at a reputable shop.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 02:39 AM   #4
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Just thought of something else. The 44 has 3.73 gears in it atm, I plan on going to 4.88, will I need a new carrier? Thanks.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 07:59 AM   #5
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I just ordered a HPD30 and Ford 8.8 from East Coast Gear Supply. I got 4.88s put in them. I have not installed the HPD30 yet, but both axles are identical and will bolt right in. The 8.8 lined up better then the D35 did, and I am re-using my stock ds and upper arms with minimal vibes.
Hope it works out for you, you will love 4.88s.
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Just thought of something else. The 44 has 3.73 gears in it atm, I plan on going to 4.88, will I need a new carrier? Thanks.
Nope.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 08:16 AM   #7
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Nope.
wrong. D44 carrier break is 3.73/3.92. he'll need a new carrier for 4.88s. D30 front will NOT need a new carrier, that carrier break is 3.54/3.73
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oops, I was thinking front. I just ordered 4.88's and my current gears are 3.73's. Sorry djcrab....and LJ04
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Well it seems like i've found a decent deal on a set of axles. I found a 30/44 for $500. My plan is to have my wife take them to the shop to get re-geared for my 35s so that when i get back from my deployment I can just bolt them in. The axles are from a 01 TJ and mine is a 04. They should be straight bolt ons correct? Since I'm sure the pumpkin is a different size would i need to get a different driveshaft?
You know, while you have the axles out, it would be the perfect time to install a lift kit.... you would be killing two birds at same time. Also, since you will need a new rear driveshaft, or to have your current one modified, you might want to got for the SYE and CV shaft also. I hear stories of people having driveshafts modified for cheap. However, my personal experience (using republic Diesel), I can buy a new driveshaft for what it cost to modify one. If your future plans are for a lift & SYE, you may want to give some serious thought to doing it all at the same time as you will end up with a better setup, and probably save some $$$ in the process.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 09:16 AM   #10
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You know, while you have the axles out, it would be the perfect time to install a lift kit.... you would be killing two birds at same time. Also, since you will need a new rear driveshaft, or to have your current one modified, you might want to got for the SYE and CV shaft also. I hear stories of people having driveshafts modified for cheap. However, my personal experience (using republic Diesel), I can buy a new driveshaft for what it cost to modify one. If your future plans are for a lift & SYE, you may want to give some serious thought to doing it all at the same time as you will end up with a better setup, and probably save some $$$ in the process.
That's what the plan is. I'm ordering either the 3.5 or 4.5 SF rubicon express kit w/ SYE combo of 4x4groupbuy. I had the same exact thought..
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Unread 07-03-2010, 09:19 AM   #11
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why would you buy a 30 like you already have?
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Unread 07-03-2010, 09:24 AM   #12
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dude will only sell as a set. I don't need anything bigger really so I'm ok with that. I'm going to have the wife take both the axles in to the shop for a re-gear. Then when I get back from my deployment swap them in and sell them.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 09:30 AM   #13
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the 44 might be worth it if the set price is good. I'd skip the 30 and go find a HP30
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I'm going to have the wife take both the axles in to the shop for a re-gear.
You hit the jackpot! I wish my wife would run Jeep parts for me....especially big ones like axles. Since I am already married and can't go to the parts running wife store, is there a place to send mine to have her retrained?

P.S. A big thank-you for your service.
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Unread 07-03-2010, 09:39 AM   #15
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the 44 might be worth it if the set price is good. I'd skip the 30 and go find a HP30

I had thought about that when I was going to order an 8.8. I guess I may still do that since it would be a relatively cheap & easy upgrade.
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