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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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So my D44 walks into a bar....

Ok....just wanted to get your attention...

I am (finally) preparing my used '05 Rubi D44 for a swap out with my D35. I have THREE questions.

Let me preface this with the fact that I have never messed with an axle myself until now. I am really glad I jumped in as it will really benefit me on the trail should I break down.

Question 1:

I want to sandblast and paint the axle prior to install. I pulled the axle shafts and a long spring came out with it (all bent up...see pictures). After comparing to the other axle shaft, it appears that it came from the axle shaft seal. Do I need to replace the whole seal or can you simply (or not so simply) slide another spring into place on the seal?


This is the spring in question:



The first picture here shows where the spring is on the other shaft...the second shows it missing...




Question 2:

The driverside parking brake assembly was missing when I bought it. Is there another model (XJ ZJ years?) that I could pull the assembly from for a direct swap? I need everything including the hook the parking brake attaches to.





Question 3:

Before I go and break it, how does the brass fitting for the brake lines come off of the axle tube? Would it be better to leave it in place when sandblasting?



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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:54 PM   #2
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the entire bearing seal assembly will have to be replaced. check out stu olson's website for a great write up.

http://stu-offroad.com/axle/d44/d44-1.htm

i believe there are some common parks for the break assembly, worth some further research on the forum, but i'm sure someone else will chime in.

that peice just turns off.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 09:33 PM   #3
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To take off the brake line UN bolt the vent tube its what holds it on
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Unread 03-27-2013, 09:48 PM   #4
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If your going to blast the housing reinstall the axles. Also remove the hose block and reinstall the breather tube fitting and cap it off. You dont want blasting media in the axle housing.
BTW I like your thread title.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 01:13 AM   #5
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u can reuse your d35 brakes on your d44
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Unread 03-28-2013, 02:30 AM   #6
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Well, the title sure as heck got me. I thought you had backed up into a bar, literally.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 07:03 AM   #7
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u can reuse your d35 brakes on your d44
Negative...my D35 has drums, the D44 has discs
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Unread 03-28-2013, 07:06 AM   #8
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If your going to blast the housing reinstall the axles. Also remove the hose block and reinstall the breather tube fitting and cap it off. You dont want blasting media in the axle housing.
BTW I like your thread title.
I'm actually going to use plumber style inflatable plugs in the axle tubes.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 08:27 AM   #9
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u can reuse your d35 brakes on your d44
Not exactly.
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Dang, your pretty lucky that spring didn't make its way into the diff.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 01:03 PM   #11
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...and, the bartender said, "I thought you were locked up!"
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Unread 03-28-2013, 01:06 PM   #12
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...and, the bartender said, "I thought you were locked up!"
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Unread 03-28-2013, 01:51 PM   #13
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Oh well if it was the drum brakes u could sounds like u have the rubicon axle then
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Unread 03-28-2013, 02:03 PM   #14
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Bump for brake parts options....
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Unread 03-28-2013, 02:19 PM   #15
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Dang, your pretty lucky that spring didn't make its way into the diff.
You really think that little spring would've done damage? The ring and pinion likely would've chewed it up over and over until it was nothing more than dust....or it would just chill on the magnet.

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The breather/brake junction bolt just unscrews. E-brake, I don't know. I don't use those parts.
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