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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-07-2000, 03:49 PM
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Dana 53 rear axle... know anything?

I had a previous post trying to identify my rear axle. I now know that it is a Dana 53 and would like to get some info. Is it stronger than a 44 and weaker than a 60 as the number would lead me to believe? Is it worth saving for a project or will parts be too difficult to find? Can you even buy any traction devices for one? Any information you can give me or places to look would be great. Thanks again

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-07-2000, 04:13 PM
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Re: Dana 53 rear axle... know anything?

I would swap in a 44 or a 60 because the axle probly has 10 splines and probly isn't that strong I think 4 wheel parts jeep catalog has parts for it you might be able to get a power lock (limited slip really). I'd get a wagoneer 44 and that is almost a bolt in.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 11-08-2000, 09:12 AM
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Re: Dana 53 rear axle... know anything?

Dana 53 is an orphan, only used in some years Willys trucks and FC's. You cannot buy lockers or
limited slips for it. Willys did put powerlock limited slips in some but they used an entirely different axle
housing. You can get bearings and seals for it but hard parts like gears, carriers, etc are not available.
The axle shafts are beefy but if I remember right they are 19 spline tapered. Normally what breaks are
the spider gears, and these are getting rare. Last set I had I sold for $75, were rough, and the buyer was
tickled to find any usable ones (he offered the money, I didn't set a price). They are between a 44 and
early 60 in strength as far as ring and pinion goes. Unless you are restoring it back to original, sell the
axle to someone who is or who needs parts and put something more common like a 44 under it. At
least you will be able to get parts. Just my opinion.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-08-2000, 12:07 PM
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Re: Dana 53 rear axle... know anything?

That is basically what I expected to hear. Thanks. Its for sale.

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