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What to look for in a Waggy D44

A guy down the road has a D44 front from a Waggy for sale for $100. Just wanted to know some things to look for. He says it's from a late 70's model and doesn't remember the gears off hand. Also sounds like it might be disassembled like he was going to rebuild it, says he decided to go to full size for his Toyota.
I seem to remember someone saying that I can use my D30 outers, is this correct?
I want it for the front of my 86 CJ7, eventually SOA but not yet.
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Re: What to look for in a Waggy D44

Look for flat top knuckles. They were used up till '76. The gear ratio will be on a metal tag on the diff cover. You can use D-30 knuckles, but it does take a bit of cutting to get the brakes to fit. I run 30 knuckles on my waggie front. You will have to outboard your springs to make the axle fit or cut it down. It is about '61" wms to wms.
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Re: What to look for in a Waggy D44

If it is in fact a late 70 waggie front D44 and you have a CJ with a D300 it is an absolute steel for 100 bucks.
That axle has flat top knuckels, 30 spline shafts are are nice and beefy, it is very easy to convert to manual hubs for even more strength, disk breaks. And the diff drop is on the correct side for the D300.
It is a really solid front axle to build.
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Re: What to look for in a Waggy D44

That brought up another question.
I don't know if this is a Quadratrac or not, I don't even know if they all were Q-track or not. How hard is it to convert? Do I just put in a set of hubs and go or what?
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Re: What to look for in a Waggy D44

If it is a q-trac, it is really fairly simple. You will have to get new hubs and rotors from a '80's Ford anyways to go to 5 on 5 1/2 lug pattern. I just reused the spindle nuts to hold the bearings in place and put in warn lockouts that fit the hubs. Napa sells the hub/rotor assembly pretty cheap and it comes all as one unit.
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