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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-09-2002, 10:36 PM
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14 bolt vs Dana 44

I'm sure that this comparison has been posted here before, but I had to show pics anyhow. I spent a couple of hours disassembling the 14 bolt that's going into my CJ6 today and set the ring and pinion on the bench next to a Dana 44 r/p. Talk about a difference! Now that I have the 14 apart I can get the razor sharp to "shave" some clearance off the bottom of it.

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Re: 14 bolt vs Dana 44

cool. i like my 14
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Re: 14 bolt vs Dana 44

That's frik'in HUGE!!!! But I'm sure they all say that, right?[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] How much ground clearance you sacrifice with a 14bolt vs. a D44? Are they FF's?
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Re: 14 bolt vs Dana 44

yes that is a ff 14bolt and you loose alot of ground clearance. i would not run a 14bolt with anythingless than a 38" tire.
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Re: 14 bolt vs Dana 44

Yep it's a full floater and yep you lose a good chunk of ground clearance. There's quite a bit of room between the bottom of the ring gear and the bottom of the housing, so I'm going to cut a chunk out of the housing and weld a steel plate to cover the hole. This should get me about 2-2.5" more clearance and I will be running 37 or 38" tires.

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Re: 14 bolt vs Dana 44

yeah i have a spare c&c 14bolt that i will cut like the one in the pic. i just need to get time!!!
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Re: 14 bolt vs Dana 44

Notice in the photo how the ring gear was machined to reduce it's dia.
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Yeah I noticed that. I just posted the picture to show what the idea is. I don't think I'll shave the housing so much that I need to turn the ring gear, but every little bit will help with that pig.
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Re: 14 bolt vs Dana 44

Man the idea of running a 14 bolt is getting more appealing everyday! There are cheap have 1.5" shafts, the Detroit lockers only cost about $300, and the gears are easier to set-up then a Dana axle. Well I quess I need to find someone to buy my 60 now!
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yeah a 14bolt is stronger than a dana60 in every way.
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