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Which 44 for the front???

I've broken my dana 30 for the last time. I need to find a front 44 axle but am unsure of what axle to use. Waggie-Scout-early bronco?? I really need to know what years to look so I can have a front end with hubs and a drivers side drop. Any help would be greatly apreciated.
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Re: Which 44 for the front???

It might help just a little bit if we knew what this was going into.
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Re: Which 44 for the front???

'87 Wrangler/'88 5 liter/t18/np205.
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Re: Which 44 for the front???

go with an '81 or newer G-Waggie front D44. Just check and make sure the diff doesn't have any vacuum crap on it. If you don't want to bother with that, look for an '86 or newer G-Waggie. These will basically bolt right up. They don't have locking hubs, but you can add some for real cheap. I got a set of new Warn Premium hubs for $60 off e-bay.
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Re: Which 44 for the front???

It would also help to know which side your 205 output is on.
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Re: Which 44 for the front???

He did mention driver's side drop in the first post. So give him kudo's on that[img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

jimmythetech - what do you have in the rear? Hopefull you're not keeping the stock rearend and upgrading just the front?
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Re: Which 44 for the front???

The only stock drivetrain component is the front axle. The rear is a 93 explorer 8.8 w/31 spline axles and a lockright(hopefully to be replaced with a detroit).
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Re: Which 44 for the front???

I'd look out for a Ford HP Dana 44, but you will have the extra expense of shortening it and converting the lug pattern. What exactly are you repeatedly breaking on your D30 front? axles? I would try getting some Warn shafts if that's it, if it's the u-joint you will have the same size as the Dana 44 if you upgrade to the Warn shafts. Now if your breaking hubs then I understand being pissed at the D30, because you'd have to have the hub conversion kit and they are overpriced POS!(I've seen too many of these hubs bust for the cost). So why exactly do you need a Dana 44? for the bigger ring or pinion gears?
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Re: Which 44 for the front???

Jimmy, man, what are you doing? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Are you draggin' with that rig or what? I thought the whole idea of the 5.0 swap was to use the nice low-end torque for leasurely slow creeps at idle. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] If you can stay out of it... Yeah, tell us what D30 do you have and what breaks on it. I was running 36" TSLs on mine the first time on some Yugo sized rocks where others toothpicked D35s and I haven't had any problems with my front (260 u-joints!). Course I don't have your torque and crawl either.

Like others said '86 Waggie (no vacuum) D44 with warn shafts, CTM u-joint, ditroit and warn hub fuses (the cheap weak link) is the way to go in my opinion.

By the way, I gess you're the right person to ask: I just got a set of replacement front shafts with the 297x joints but the driver side has what looks like an ABS tone ring on it (the other side doesn't). They probably screwed up the part numbers but can I use it anyway on a non-ABS rig? I'm just trying to avoid sending it back if it will fit anyway. Thanks.
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