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Old 11-16-2000, 06:01 PM
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Default 1/2 ton / 3/4 ton dana44???

can anybody tell me the difference between a dana44 from a 1/2 ton and one from a 3/4 ton??? i am looking to upgrade but i was wondering if a dana 44 from a 3/4 ton would be beefier than that out of a 1/2 ton. i dont wheel that hard and i dont use 4 wheel drive that much.

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Default Re: 1/2 ton / 3/4 ton dana44???

The only difference is really the fact that the 3/4 ton ones are 8 lug. The stuff that is different is related to that. The brakes are a little bigger, basically they're different from the knuckles out. A 3/4 ton 44 is no beefier than a 1/2 ton one. If you're installing an 8 lug rearend, do a 3/4 ton 44 just so the lug pattern matches, if you're using a 6 lug rear, use a 1/2 ton 44 for the same reason.

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Default Re: 1/2 ton / 3/4 ton dana44???

so there is no difference from the 1/2 ton to the 3/4 ton exept the lug. the shafts are the same size and the ring and pinion are the same size.

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Default Re: 1/2 ton / 3/4 ton dana44???

Basically yes, there is no difference between the gears and axleshafts in a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton Dana 44......except for some early '70s versions with externally splined hubs and smaller u-joints. The 10-bolt started showing up in the late '70s and also has a 1/2 and 3/4 ton version, which are basically the same except for the 6 lug or 8 lug, but are different then the Dana 44's. Everything from the knuckle out should interchange (hubs, rotors, spindles) but the axleshafts and gears/carriers are different between the 10-bolt and Dana 44, though similar in strength.

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