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post #1 of 8 Old 09-19-2021, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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D44 front axle in the back

I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this, but I came up blank on a search.

Has anyone used a D30 front axle in the rear of their CJ?

I was thinking it would be a good way to get locking hubs in the rear so I can tow my CJ without pulling the driveshaft.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-19-2021, 11:12 AM
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Don't know anything about these guys but they make a full float kit for CJ rear dana axles, they even make a kit for the model 20, price not listed on the website, I'm sure it's pricey.

http://mitchelldifferential.com/1976...ll-float-kits/
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You pull the driveline to tow a '76 CJ? Why? What transfer case is in it?
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I've read articles or comments from those who have FF rear conversions with hubs and there seems to be a problem with oil leaks.
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I believe Warn stopped making the conversions because hubs had problems with coming unlocked. Some people use drive flanges and that seems to solve the problem. Instead of removing the driveline, you remove the drive flange and replace it with a cap on each side when you want to tow.

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I've read articles or comments from those who have FF rear conversions with hubs and there seems to be a problem with oil leaks.
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I believe Warn stopped making the conversions because hubs had problems with coming unlocked. Some people use drive flanges and that seems to solve the problem. Instead of removing the driveline, you remove the drive flange and replace it with a cap on each side when you want to tow.
You're correct. I've read complaints about hubs unocking also. The axles themselves are tremendously strong. Being made of 4340 chromemoly steel, they can really take a lot of torque.
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If you have a CJ with a Dana 20 you dont need to dump a ton of cash and time into locking rear hubs. All you have to do for flat towing is lock in the front hubs and put the TC in neutral. The transfer case will get the same lubing from the front drive gear as if you were driving it down the road.
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If you have a CJ with a Dana 20 you dont need to dump a ton of cash and time into locking rear hubs. All you have to do for flat towing is lock in the front hubs and put the TC in neutral. The transfer case will get the same lubing from the front drive gear as if you were driving it down the road.
Good to know. One more project I can scratch from the list. I feel like a accomplished a lot today, maybe I'll take a nap.
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