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Anything funny about 3/4 ton Dodge D44?

I'll be picking one up saturday. Unless yall have a reason for me not to. It is a Dana 44 HD 8 lug axle out of an older dodge truck. I will be putting it in my cj-8. It will stay 8 lug. I will also be using the rear axle out of this same truck. Should I expect anything different in the swap than I would with a chevy axle? Is there anything bad about the dodge version?

It is full time 4 wheel drive. Will this axle convert to part time just as easily as the chevy ones?

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Re: Anything funny about 3/4 ton Dodge D44?

I like the Dodge 44 because the spring perch is countersunk so far into the diff. It doesn't use a u-bolt on the inside of the perch, it uses studs because a u-bolt won't fit. I narrowed mine to 60" and the set up works awesome with my SOA. The driveshaft is perfectly parallel with the frame with my clocked 300.

Mine was from a full time 4x4 and it used a hub splined right onto the axle shaft, basically a big version of the design a YJ or TJ came with. That didn't matter to me because I wanted Warn shafts and 5 on 5-1/2" using Chevy flat top knuckles and Ford hubs and rotors. If you don't care about having locking hubs the full time set up is pretty stout, but there are no alloy shafts made for that design. Mine was from an 80's Ram. If yours is older, it may have the same set up as Chevy.
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Re: Anything funny about 3/4 ton Dodge D44?

Did yours come from a 1/2 or 3/4 ton?
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Re: Anything funny about 3/4 ton Dodge D44?

When you say older it is not a drum braked one is it? Mine is from a 3/4 ton dodge 1974 club cab long bed (almost 2 miles long) and it had drums. I converted it but it would have been better to start out with disc. Mine is also a little wider than a F-250 axle (.5") measuring between the upper balljoints.
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Re: Anything funny about 3/4 ton Dodge D44?

I assumed it had disks. I didn't ask and I haven't looked at it yet. Anybody know when dodge started with disks?
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Re: Anything funny about 3/4 ton Dodge D44?

I think in 72 is when dodge went to disks but the first few years may have been optional. I personally would PASS on using the knuckles/hubs from a full-time. BUT, if someone wants my full-time knuckles/hubs from my 78 1/2-ton, I'd gladly swap to a full-floating knuckle/spindle/hub. [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Re: Anything funny about 3/4 ton Dodge D44?

So, I guess a full time dodge axle doesn't have a drive flang like the chevys do. Some kind of all in one thing. Are you sure it is this way on the 3/4 ton? I have a chevy D44 HD with no differential or shafts but the knuckles/spindles/hubs are complete. Could these be used to convert it?
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So, I guess a full time dodge axle doesn't have a drive flang like the chevys do. Some kind of all in one thing. Are you sure it is this way on the 3/4 ton?

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No, dodge didn't just use a drive flange instead of a lockout hub. Yes, the 3/4 ton are the same design.

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I have a chevy D44 HD with no differential or shafts but the knuckles/spindles/hubs are complete. Could these be used to convert it?

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Yes, you can use those parts from the ball joints out to convert it. You will need the axle stub shaft too though. You can use the dodge inner shafts.
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Re: Anything funny about 3/4 ton Dodge D44?

Could I use the stub shafts from a 1/2 ton chevy d44?
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Could I use the stub shafts from a 1/2 ton chevy d44?

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