Re: Is a Dana 44 front axle w/ 5x4.5 lug pattern possible?
One big problem with that is your hubs on a 44 may be to big on the OD to be able to use the 4 1/2" bolt pattern. If that isn't a problem you could use a 44 from a 80 later (80-83 being the best, no vacume) wagoneer and just have your axles and rotors redrilled from 6 lug to your 5-4 1/2 wrangler pattern. I do beleive moser engineering can do this for a very reasonable fee, they could also tell you if it can be done safely. If not, A late 70s 3/4 ton ford axle would work also as a cantidate with a 5 on 5 1/2" pattern and have your rear axles redrilled to 5 1/2". New wheels would unfortanatly be required. Both of the 44s have the pumkins on the drivers side.