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Dana 44\'s for SOA

I have a chance to pick-up front and rear 79 Wagoneer 44's for $300. The gears are 3.37, so that's an added expense. Can someone give me some advice. Are these a good donor for an SOA conversion?
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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA

At a junkyard near St. Louis I got front D44s from a '79 Cherokee and an '84 Dodge for $75 each, so $300 for a front and a rear seems at least twice as high as it should be. Also, every Cherokee and Waggie I bumped into had AMC 20 HD rears, but they were all Quadratracs. Not that there is anything wrong with a HD 20; it's just not a Dana.
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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA

The dana 44 was used in the rear in the 70's and late 80's early 90's.
The AMC 20HD was used in the 80's in between.
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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA

I would have sworn that the '79 Cherokee from which I took the front axel had an AMC in back, with offset carrier to go with the Quadratrack. Otherwise I would have gotten it on prospects.

But then my memory isn't what it used to be. Don't laugh; you'll be old some day.
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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA

Wouldn't it be easier and possibly cheaper to look for a Chevy/Dodge D44 front for a spring over since they already are set up SOA from the factory?

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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA

I also think that the rear 44 out of that year cherokee may have the offset rear 44, meaning the rear pumpkin is offest to the passenger side of the axle just like the front. I may be wrong. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, you would just have to change your tc to have the driveshaft come out in the proper location..

.I'm installing a front wide track 44 out of a 79 (I think its a 79) and a HD 20 out of an 83 cherokee on my scrambler...

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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA

All the wagoneer dana 44 rears are offset a little for the driveshaft to clear the gas tank. The quadratrac offset is about 3" more than the centered transfer cases. There were non quadratrac wagoneers in the 70s that used the dana 20 but I don't know how common they were.
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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA

Here's some of the information I have been reading on topic, if someone is interested.
http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/axl...dana44/fsj-cj/
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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA



Green,

the reason folks look for teh waggy axles instead of the chevy is the width, chevy axle are WIDE, it isnt much trouble at all to make the wag front 44 SOA.

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Re: Dana 44\'s for SOA

Ozark:

I knew there had to be a reason, just didn't know what it was. I've got a Cherokee Chief D44 to put in my CJ, and that's a pretty wide axle. I'm keeping it spring under, though.

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