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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-09-2001, 01:44 PM
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Dodge Dana-44

I have recently obtained a D-44 from the front of an early 70's Dodge pickup. The axle has drum brakes. I would like to narrow this axle for the front of my CJ2. My question is: will my backing plates and caliper (chevy pieces) and CJ rotors work on this axle? I would just start bolting parts up to check the fit, but the axle is stored at my Dad's place. I am sure the backing plates will bolt on, but I am concerned about the alignment of the rotor in the caliper. Would I be better off to go to a Ford rotor? I was wondering if anyone had this combination or had seen it done?

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Re: Dodge Dana-44

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Re: Dodge Dana-44

it's hard to say...
is the axle open knuckle?
does it have hubs or a drive flange?
the ford rotor is set a bit further back than the cj rotor is, i think the best thing might be to bolt the spindle from the chevy d-44 on with ford hubs and bearings.
i have a dodge d-44 from a military vehicle and the knuckles are flat top, but they are a really odd design with no real spindle and no ball joints.

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Re: Dodge Dana-44

It has hubs with the 5 on 5-1/2" bolt pattern. I was thinking it would probably be best to go with a different spindle, but I am always looking for ways to do things on the cheap. It is an open knuckle. I may see if I can take my brake parts on Memorial Day and see just what fits. I need to pull the axles anyway, I need to check the splines. I am going to see if the 5.38 carrier from one of my other axles will fit in the axle, and if I have to narrow both sides, I can cut new splines in both the short and long shafts. The other D-44's I have are all from M-38's, so I am not sure what will interchange.

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