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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-14-2002, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Clearance with a ford 9\"

How much clearance will I sacrifice installing a 9" up front rather than swapping in a Dana 44. I finally go my TJ out to California and I don't think my locked up Dana 30 is going to survive long out here since I'm only 25 miles from Johnson Valley. I have a 44 in the rear so I think I'm in pretty good shape there, but I may try and sell my Dana 30 with the OX locker before I grenade it. Thanks for the help.
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Re: Clearance with a ford 9\"

What lift do you have?
I know a guy that has Currie 9" high pinion diffs front and rear with no clearance problems. He is spring over but i have seen others that were not.
You can call Currie (714-528-6957) and ask them. They install 9" diffs all the time and they were very helpfull to me when I installed my front D44.
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Re: Clearance with a ford 9\"

I dont think you'll be giving up much, if any clearance at all...but the pinion on a NON-high-pinion axle is kinda low and can get eaten by the rock monster.

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Re: Clearance with a ford 9\"

I'll be seeing my old boss, he's got a 97 TJ with front and rear 9"s this weekend, the only things he's done to it (besides the axle swap) was some new springs, I think they were 1" longer and some spring spacers to even out his Hanson Enterprises front bumper. I could take some measurements if you're still interested, or I have front and rear 9" on the Black Diamond XCL kit, 93YJ I could measure the ground clearance on mine too. I think my boss is running 32"s I've got 35"s
P.S. I think we both have standard pinion. I know I do
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Re: Clearance with a ford 9\"

I am very interested in the measurement if you don't mind. I be running 35's to start with. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Clearance with a ford 9\"

I should have some measurements of mine sometime in the next day or so, but I won't have the measurements on the TJ until after this weekend, but I'll try to get those to you as soon as possible
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Re: Clearance with a ford 9\"

OK, I had to jump in here. I am running a waggy dana 44 up front and a ford 9" in rear. I'm running 35" bfg mt's. There are two styles of stock ford 9" housings, banjo (earlier version) or Heavy Duty, mine is the HD if it matters. I don't think there is a clearance difference between the two. Currie actually will make the housing high clearance by cutting it flat and welding a plate parallel to the ground.

Front dana 44: 11" floor to bottom of diff.
Back ford 9": 10.25" floor to bottom of diff.

The only other thing to point out is that the ford 9" housing is pretty smooth and more likely to slide across something compared to my unshaved 44. It will eventually get trimmed on the bottom to make it smoother.

For overkill, I have included pics of an early banjo style v. Heavy duty style.

banjo:




heavy duty:

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Re: Clearance with a ford 9\"

Thanks for the info, its just what I was looking for.
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Re: Clearance with a ford 9\"

No problem Kentucky. I am planning to go to the hammers either early or late summer. I'll drop you a line before going to see if we can hook up.
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