I have a CJ with a D44 from a 78 Scout. I need to get a bearing retainer or "backing plate". Am I able to get one from any D44? or only Scout D44's? or what? I was told that I can get one from the Jeep Dealer... Any help on this?
Not all backing plates are the same - they vary depending on the type of brakes used on the axle. for instance when i was putting together the waggy axles currently under my yj I needed a backing plate and tried 3 different ones (all for D44s) before I found the one that was right.
I would suggest that you try to source a used scout backing plate, that would be cheapest if you are keeping the other backing plate and the drums. If you aren't keeping or don't have any of the other brake parts, then you might be able to use a more common backing plate/drum/brakes assembly - I'm not 100% certain but I think the end caps on the axle are the same for all D44s.
Chad Lloyd 95 YJ 4.0 NP435 EBD20 woodies D44s 4.88 detroits SOA revolvers 35 X 15.5 SXs 8274
If you need the retainer ring I got one for a 2000 tj with a dana 44 and it was right (much to the disgust of the skeptical parts guy : ) Take your old backing plate with you to the dealer and ask to see one for the above vehicle if the tag is no longer on the axle. I have the same year of scout axle and have had some luck using parts for a 75 cj-5 dana 44 rear.
81 CJ7 304/904/D300 scout 44's locked, full cage, 33"wildcats, warn HS9500i, bush bar from hell and diamondplate sides to cover gaping rust holes!! Coming soon OBA!!
Here is what I know, based on actual parts here in my garage, or vehicles parked in or near my garage. The Scout II Dana 44 rear axle brake backing plate is not like any of the Jeep Dana 44 brake backing plates I have. The list of Jeep Dana 44 rear brake packing plates I have include, 70 Wagoneer, 72 Wagoneer, 76 Cherokee, and 69 Jeepster.