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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-26-2002, 04:50 PM
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Trimming 44s

I have dana 44s out of a Wagoneer mounted in my YJ, I was wondering if it was possible to trim the bottom of the housing for more clearance. I have heard of people doing this but I cant remember for what axles, what all was involved, and if the general thought was that this was ok to do. I do not want to weaken these alxes but the extra clearance under the diff would be nice. Thanks for your input.

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Re: Trimming 44s

I ground mine down some when I had em out. I think you would have to take off alot to weaken them. I just tried to get it as smooth as possible under there that way it will slide not snag. I have seen some pics of people going to a pile of work for VERY minimal gains.
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Re: Trimming 44s

I have never heard it mentioned on a D44, but I wouldn't let that stop me. Take the cover off and measure with a caliper where you want to trim. If there's enough metal, go for it. How much is enough? I wouldn't take it under 1/4", but that's opinion.
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Re: Trimming 44s

So it won't hurt anything to remove the tab under the diff? I get hung up on that every once in a while.
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Re: Trimming 44s

the tab he refers to is about an inch or so some more i took it off a 44 once and actually went into the housing close to a half an inch of clearance or the equivalent of 35's to 38's if tire sizes were true which they arent plus it makes for a smoother slide!! just be sure and take a little off the punkin cover as it will now hang on the rocks petersens did this to a d60 i think for like 2" of clearance and didnt notice any weakness.
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Re: Trimming 44s

I shaved a bit off mine, I followed the cover for my guide, and blended it into the ribs. I then ground forwards to blend in the hump on the bottom. I did catch the edge of the cover once and pulled it open a bit, a little trimming on the cover and that isn't a problem.
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 03-27-2002, 08:15 AM
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Re: Trimming 44s

Thanks for all the advice guys, next time I am under the Jeep it looks like I will be getting the grinder out and making myself a little more space under there. Every little bit of clearance helps.
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