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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-10-2002, 01:43 AM
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K10 Dana 44 v. K20 Dana 44

Hi, I'm new to the board...lotsa sharp folks and great info on here!
My question concerns one of the less obvious differences between the K10 d44 and the K20 d44.
I was once told that the K20 (44HD) had beefier axle tubes than the K10 version. Does anybody know exactly what the axle tube thickness is of these two axles? Are the housings different?(1973-78)
Any info greatly appreciated.
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Re: K10 Dana 44 v. K20 Dana 44

This is what I've been told, I have yet to experience one myself. I figure if a Jeep can bend a Dana 44 my 4600lb truck can do the same.

I was told that on a true Dana 44 HD they had external hubs, a different spindle nut, and a larger inner wheel bearing. They also had 1/2" thick axle tubes. They quit making them in 76.

The only thing everyone has told me that is the same are the axle tube thickness and when they went out of production.
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Re: K10 Dana 44 v. K20 Dana 44

There's no difference other than the rotors, spindles, and I beleive the bearings. It's pretty much a myth that there is any great difference between the two. It's been discussed to death here and on www.ColoradoK5.com. If you want a stronger axle, save your pennies and start looking for a D60.[img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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