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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-04-2000, 06:46 PM
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Axle Swap

ok ive decided to try and find a D44 for my 93 YJ since my D35c went out... i heard about wagoneers, comanches, and ford 8.8s, the 8.8 is kind of out becuase i am looking for the SIMPLEST swap possible... so what years, exact models can a good EASY D44 swap donor vehicle? oh this is rear axle... thanks again!
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the 8.8 is the easiest swap there is.. if you can't perform it, you can't swap any axle.....didn't we cover this??? waggoneers have the wrong bolt pattern, and i havent seen a commanche with a 44...but i suppose they might exist

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I can't think of any direct bolt in swaps for a yj. The Comanchee Dana 44 is also spring under like a yj but the spring pads are in different locations, I believe the Comanchee's are further apart. This is an easy fix though, and comanchee 44's are easy to find at least around here. We found about a dozen in junk yards when we swapped one in my brothers Jeep. Just gotta look under every Comanchee you see to find one. Some rare Cherokees had a 44 but they are all spring over, so again not a direct swap. The main advantage to swapping in an 8.8 is that some have disk brakes. I'm pretty certain all the 8.8's from Rangers and explorers have the same wheel bolt pattern as the YJ. 8.8's have a slightly larger ring gear also, and I think all non disk brake 8.8's are c-clip axles. All are pretty easy swaps, you just have to modify the spring pads and shock mounts. Just look around your local junk yards and see which one you can pick up the cheapest that has the same gears you currently have.

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Re: Axle Swap

either way you go.. you will need to modify the spring pads.. and shock mounts.. and im sure those 8.8's are easier to find than a comanche axle.. since every swingin yuppie was driving one... and they will have disk brakes.. you can grind off the old pads.. and if you do a good job reuse them.. or you can just buy some new pads from like con-ferr or someone.. and weld them on.. same way with the shock mounts.. plus 8.8's have the right bolt pattern.. you go with something else.. and well.. then you need 2 new rims..

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