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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Warn D44 full float kit

I purchased a used D44 rear axle from a 1986 CJ-7. The axle is in good shape, except for the seals and bearings.
Before I spend the money on new stuff. Does the Warn full float kit make the axle assembly stronger than stock.
I've read about how the wheel will not fall off if the axle breaks, and I like the fact that I can service the bearings, just like the front axle. Any other pros or cons?

83 CJ-7,258,Weber,D44's F&R,W/C T-5,Dana 300 W/tera 4.0,AFW frame,
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Re: Warn D44 full float kit

I got a kit for my older offset 44. I love it becausee i can flat tow with ease. The axles are verty strong, and the ease of changing bearings is great. If you run alot of mud and water then it would be a great choice. I really haave no cons except for the price, but it is all worth it. The craftmanship is excellent and warn is very good for customer service.

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Re: Warn D44 full float kit

I've heard that if the housing is even slightly bent it will eat seals and isn't a good combo. I'd say go for it and add a truss so the housing won't bend. For the cost of a ff kit you could get a d60 and maybe put a detroit in it for the cost of the kit(rears are usually cheep) then then replace what needs to be done on your axle and ebay it. Do the repairs so it gets a lot more $$ ex. a guy trys to sell a cj on there bad radiator and starter, auction ends reserve not met at $500 then he does the repairs and gets 2 grand, so start the auction cheep ($50 and set a reserve so you make some cash).


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Re: Warn D44 full float kit

If your just worried about losing a wheel save your money. The 44 you have has flanged axles shafts with the bearing pressed on the shaft. The shaft will not fall out of the rear if it breaks. You will have to have your old bearing retainers split off and new seals and bearing pressed on.

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Re: Warn D44 full float kit

I'm not sure on the dana 44 rear, but one of the reasons I went with the warn full float kit on my ford 9" rear was the cheap disc brake conversion as follows:

$85 Warn disc brake brackets
$50 Cadillac calipers with parking brake lever (junkyard)
$20 Rebuild kits for calipers
$50 New Rotors from JC Whitney (the warn kit calls for '81-'86 front cj rotors)
$25 Adapters to allow use of stock cj e-brake cables

$230 Total.

I wanted disc brakes, and I already needed to buy some shafts, so it was an easy choice.

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