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Unread 10-10-2008, 02:54 PM   #1
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rubicon dana 44 front axle part number!!!

So guys and gals but I amtrying to get a d44 under the front of my 1998 wrangler. Does anyone have the mopar factory part number of the 02-06 rubicon d44 front axle housing??? I have been surching like crazy and cant find it. I want to be able to go to the dealer with the part number and try to get a good deal on one!!! thanks!!!

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Unread 10-10-2008, 03:19 PM   #2
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What benefit(s) are you looking to gain with the Rubicon D44 front axle?
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Unread 10-10-2008, 03:56 PM   #3
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So guys and gals but I amtrying to get a d44 under the front of my 1998 wrangler. Does anyone have the mopar factory part number of the 02-06 rubicon d44 front axle housing??? I have been surching like crazy and cant find it. I want to be able to go to the dealer with the part number and try to get a good deal on one!!! thanks!!!
the rubicon TJ front axle (from the factory) was probably discontinued when the JK came out.

and a good deal - HA!

you do realize the D30 is very closely related to the TJ D44 front right? Same outter axle shafts, same knuckles, same ball joints, same brakes, only difference is at the pumpkin: inner shafts and ring/pinion gears.
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Unread 10-10-2008, 04:32 PM   #4
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you do realize the D30 is very closely related to the TJ D44 front right? Same outter axle shafts, same knuckles, same ball joints, same brakes, only difference is at the pumpkin: inner shafts and ring/pinion gears.
Which is exactly why I asked my question above.
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Which is exactly why I asked my question above.
the OP clearly doesn't realize that they are almost the same axle.
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Unread 10-10-2008, 07:29 PM   #6
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I'll have to agree with the other guys here... the Rubicon D44 isn't worth the money to swap in.

4WheelDriveHardware and Quadratec have direct bolt-in D44 assemblies available that are all-around stronger, and cheaper than a factory TJ D44 from Mopar. Another good option I've seen a lot of talk about lately (if you have fab skills) is to swap in a JK D44. Even stronger yet, wider, cross-over style steering, and they're relatively cheap even direct from Mopar.
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Unread 10-11-2008, 07:47 PM   #7
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I know that the housing is pretty comparable to the dana 30. I am going to be running 37s and want the strength of the bigger dana 44 ring and pinion. All I want is the bare housing with no internals. I have heard of people getting just the housing from jeep for just under $600. I plan on building it myself and fabbing my own truss and everything. The jeep parts people are dumb and keep giving me d30 part numbers. I just want to go to them with the right part number. I did think about the jk axle from jeep but I dont want to mess with all of the steering changes, track bar, lug pattern and also lets not forget the 4" or so track width difference of it.
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Unread 10-11-2008, 08:25 PM   #8
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You can find what your looking for here. http://www.jeepsareus.com/Merchant2/...Code=Wrangler1 Looks like $799 for the front dana housing.
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I know that the housing is pretty comparable to the dana 30. I am going to be running 37s and want the strength of the bigger dana 44 ring and pinion. All I want is the bare housing with no internals. I have heard of people getting just the housing from jeep for just under $600. I plan on building it myself and fabbing my own truss and everything. The jeep parts people are dumb and keep giving me d30 part numbers. I just want to go to them with the right part number. I did think about the jk axle from jeep but I dont want to mess with all of the steering changes, track bar, lug pattern and also lets not forget the 4" or so track width difference of it.
the 4" difference would be a good thing...means you get a more stable rig, especially when on 37s.

personally, i'd search for HPD44 / 9" from a 78-79 Ford before I'd swap in a Rubi D44.
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I know that the housing is pretty comparable to the dana 30. I am going to be running 37s and want the strength of the bigger dana 44 ring and pinion. All I want is the bare housing with no internals. I have heard of people getting just the housing from jeep for just under $600. I plan on building it myself and fabbing my own truss and everything. The jeep parts people are dumb and keep giving me d30 part numbers. I just want to go to them with the right part number. I did think about the jk axle from jeep but I dont want to mess with all of the steering changes, track bar, lug pattern and also lets not forget the 4" or so track width difference of it.
I certainly didn't forget about the differences... but I count them as reasons FOR the JK version. Well, besides the lug-pattern anyway.
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if you search my threads, the D44 wont hold up to hard abuse with 37s
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Unread 10-12-2008, 06:48 AM   #12
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The parts list for 2006 has two numbers for LHD front axle housings and one part number for RHD front axle hosing. It doesn't say which one is a D35 or D44. Here's the two numbers for the LHD housings.

4864840ab
5083660ab

Further research says the 4864840AB is for '97-02 TJ's and the 5083660AB number is for '03-04 w/Trulok.
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Unread 10-12-2008, 07:51 AM   #13
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Yep, 5083660AB is the part number for the 2006 D44 housing alone.

5083662AC is the part number for the 2006 D44 housing, 4.10 gears, and trulock.
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Unread 10-12-2008, 08:03 AM   #14
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I know that the housing is pretty comparable to the dana 30. I am going to be running 37s and want the strength of the bigger dana 44 ring and pinion. All I want is the bare housing with no internals. I have heard of people getting just the housing from jeep for just under $600. I plan on building it myself and fabbing my own truss and everything. The jeep parts people are dumb and keep giving me d30 part numbers. I just want to go to them with the right part number. I did think about the jk axle from jeep but I dont want to mess with all of the steering changes, track bar, lug pattern and also lets not forget the 4" or so track width difference of it.
For 37" tires, the ring and pinion is not the problem.

Its the ball joints and hub bearings that will give you problems.

The D44 will not upgrade either of these weak links. If you want to upgrade the front axle, you need to step up to a D60, 9", or D60/9" hybrid.

The only good reason to swap in a D44 front is so you can gear lower than 4.88.

A cheap ring and pinion strength upgrade is to swap in a high pinion D30 from an XJ. It will bolt right up and it gives you a 20-30% stronger ring and pinion because it rides on the stronger drive side of the gear set.
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Unread 09-10-2011, 12:24 PM   #15
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I know it's been 2 years since last post but I'd like to see where you can get a bare bones front TJ rubicon D44 assembly for $600. I really want to do a 5.13 gear D44 combo with the rear locker up front and rear but it's hard finding decent prices!
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