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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-02-2000, 11:50 PM
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D44 in YJ?

my D35c just went south on me, in my 93YJ 4.0 AX15 5spd... ive heard that some 80s-90s Xjs with towing packages have D44s that can be easily put under a YJ? how true is this, and what all is involved? thanks for the help in advance
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Re: D44 in YJ?

I know you can use the one out of a mid to late 80s grand Waggoneer with very little modification.
i would have to say though that a stronger and better alternative is a Ford 8.8 out of a 95 or newer Explorer. They come with discs and very strong components.

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Re: D44 in YJ?

ill go with H8 on this.. plus easier to find..


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Re: D44 in YJ?

The XJ d44 came between '87-'89 maybe '90, also on metric ton comanchee's. This axle is the right width but you have to move the spring pads to the other side of the axle. I don't like the 8.8 since it's really expensive and hard to find and usually requires a kit to make work more sells it. I think the best option is both d44's from an 80's wagoneer. They almost bolt right in and are pretty cheep and easy to find, some also had model 20's they aren't the same as the cj 20 they have 1 peice shafts and beefier housings they are alright. I also like the idea of dual 44's because you can put a lockright in the rear now and then move it in the front and put a detriot in the rear. Also with the front d44 you get locking hubs.
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Re: D44 in YJ?

Im not sure exactly what your refering to, as far as the 8.8 goes. It is as close to bolt in as they come, other than grinding off some existing Explorer bracketry, and moving the spring pad hole over about 3/8". They are as common as any other available, and with the failure of all of those Firestone tires and the resulting crashes, youd think they would get even more common,(I know that was bad). They arent too expensive, they usually run about $400 to $600, $400isnt bad considering you get a very strong axle(considerably stronger than a D44) and disc brakes.
Dont get me wrong I like the D44 as rear swap also, but I would take a Ford 8.8 any day if the 2 were both available to me.
Youll have to explain the More conversion kit or whatever else is supposed to be necessary to install the 8.8, as I am unaware of any, and Ive installed (3) 8.8's now, to date.

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