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'97 Rear axle needs to be replaced.

I'm in search of a new rear end, my question is what could be used instead of using one from another Jeep. Dana 44 with 3:55 gear ratio with 31' tires. If using something that isn't from a Jeep is too crazy of a surgery then I'll look for a Jeep to take it from. Also, I'm not using my jeep to go mudding, climbing, or anything offroad ( sorry, just don't have the desire to ) Just a daily driver.

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-16-2019, 09:12 PM
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If you're specifically looking for something that will bolt right in, then you're stuck with only a rear axle from another TJ as an option since nothing else used the same bracketry. If you don't mind doing fabrication or changing out brackets/mounts, then your list of vehicle donors grows a fair bit.

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That's what I was afraid of, I'll keep looking for a rear from another TJ. I'm in Tennessee and you would think they would be everywhere but I'm having trouble finding one. Would one from a Cherokee not work?
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Cherokees had leaf springs in the rear, so no, not unless you cut off the old spring perches and weld on the TJ bracketry.

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How about fixing the one you have?
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How about fixing the one you have?
I had my rear seals replaced and after 2k miles I had to get the replaced again. The mechanic said that the "shoulder" holding the seals was wollering around and making it worse. When I let off the gas and kind of glide down the road you can hear the loud humming noise. Starts off loud the gradually goes down. Kind of like the Death Star noise when they pull the leaver to shoot the laser. Fluid is being flung inside my drums and coating everything.
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If by "shoulder" he meant the bearing retainer plate, those aren't expensive to replace.

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I figured the sound was from the bearing or something related to it. So how hard would it be to replace the bearings and retainer plate? Would that stop the noise and leaking that is coating the inside of my rear drums? Would be awesome if I didn't have to replace the whole thing lol
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Replacing the D44 axle shaft bearings, seals, and retainer plates is fairly easy, but you do pretty well need a press to do so. You just remove the rear brake drum/disc, unbolt the retainer plate, then slide the axle shaft out. Once removed, use the press to remove the bearing retainer ring, bearing, seal, and retainer plate, then use the press to install the new parts.
https://www.dennysdriveshaft.com/c24...7_to_2006.html

I can't say whether replacing the axle bearings will stop your noise or not since I don't know if that is the source of your noise -- it could be worn bearings, excessive backlash, a worn ring and pinion, or possibly something other than the rear axle. Replacing the retaining plates and axle seals should fix the leak problem however, assuming the shafts don't also have a groove worn into them where the seal rides.

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however, assuming the shafts don't also have a groove worn into them where the seal rides.
What if there is a groove worn into it? Pretty much new shafts, plus all those other things?

There wouldn't happen to be a bundle/kit with all those things would there? (not including shafts)
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What if there is a groove worn into it? Pretty much new shafts, plus all those other things?

There wouldn't happen to be a bundle/kit with all those things would there? (not including shafts)
If the axle shafts have grooves worn in them then you'll need to replace them. Click on the link I provided earlier and you'll find the kits you're looking for, make sure you match up the retainer plates with what you have.

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Thank you so much, I'll prop it up and see which retainer I need. Unless there is a way to find out without having to take it apart. I'm glad to see that there's a possible fix instead of having to find another whole unit with an unknown history.
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If the axle shafts have grooves worn in them then you'll need to replace them.
From the link you provided, I was looking at the shafts (link) and it looks like it comes with everything already on it. Bearings, retainer plate, etc. I'm going to call them to make sure that is the case or not. To me that seems like that is best way to go and just get the whole thing already all pressed together. Should be plug and play right?
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It does appear the shafts come with everything already pressed on. As such, it should be a straightforward swap out assuming you currently have stock axle shafts. If for some reason you have aftermarket shafts and differential carrier installed, you'll need to verify the spline count before ordering replacements.

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