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Unread 04-14-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Cheapest source for replacement axle shaft for 07 JK D44?

Anyone know the cheapest place to buy a brand new ready to install replacement rear axle shaft for an 07 JK with the Dana 44. Someone hit the passenger side rear wheel while it was parked and now the axle shaft is bent. I swapped the wheels side to side to confirm the bent shaft. We can see the wheel wobbling in the rear mirror when driving down the road and there is no bearing play at the shaft end when the vehicle weight is removed. There were nice enough to leave some white paint on our aluminum rim but not nice enough to stick around to pay for the damage.

I am not that familiar with the JK dana 44. If I remember correctly these are non c clip axles that require new seals and bearing pressed on. Correct?

Can I swap the rear rotors and pads side to side to check for a bent rotor?

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Unread 04-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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This seems to be the cheapest I can find. Any one ever buy one of these?

http://www.quadratec.com/products/52403_0035.htm

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And nothing else is bent? Have you checked all the trackbar and control arm brackets and bolts.
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Yep. They hit the rim right next to one of the lug nuts wile it was parked. We didn't notice until we went to drive above 45 today and saw the wobble in the mirror.
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Are you sure you need to press on new bearings/seals...seems I remember a fellow changing one out a couple of years ago and all it did was unbolt and a new bolted in....hmmmm. Let me know.
edit - seems I also remember he re-used the axle seal...you would probably want a new one.
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Are you sure you need to press on new bearings/seals...seems I remember a fellow changing one out a couple of years ago and all it did was unbolt and a new bolted in....hmmmm. Let me know.
edit - seems I also remember he re-used the axle seal...you would probably want a new one.
they are pressed on bearings with a lock collar as well. although when I do them I use an exhuast pipe and BFH works out just fine. usually can re use the seal but best to be proactive and change it now!
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Unread 04-15-2013, 06:52 AM   #7
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The replacement assembly referenced comes with the studs, bearings, seals, and locking plate already installed so all I have to do it swap the old assembly for the new one. I am just interested to see if anyone here has bought one of those mopar assemblies and if they had any trouble with it.
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You can change the rotors side for side. You are correct that the bearings are pressed on and the retainer plate/seal is between the bearing and flange.
Northridge 4x4 sells them with the plate and bearings but they are on the west coast and might take a couple of days to get to you.
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I priced an axle shaft oem after i bent mine. That quadratec link is just for the shafts, not the bearings. To have a the bearings pressed and everything was going to be 400, for 450ish i ordered a set of chromoly alloyusa shafts with bearings pressed on. Plus free shipping. Call them in the morning and they will press them on and ship same day. I live in washington so i had to pay sales tax. They were on my doorstep the next afternoon. Very impressed.

Here is a link. http://www.northridge4x4.com/shop/al...line-kit-12158
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Need to correct myself, it happens from time to time. Checked with my friend Dale, the guy that changed his axle while I watched, and he said the axle he used was "all set up" with bearings already installed. Guess I was swilling his brew and not watching close enough!
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I called quadratec and confirmed that it includes all the bearings, seals, plate, and studs and that all of them are installed.

The question now is can I find one for less than $279 from somewhere else.
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I called and asked them that question too but they told me different. Guess you'll find out when you get it.
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Quadratec was correct. Its complete.

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The replacement axle fixed it. Took 25 mins to swap it. Took it out on the main road and ran it up to 90 with no issues.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:45 PM   #15
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Quadratec was correct. Its complete.
Those a-holes lied to me. Oh well. Better to go with upgraded anyway. More piece of mind.

Look up my video at chrisjsmith4.cs on youtube at funny rocks. Thats how i bent mine.
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