I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Dana 44 front with discs on a \'79 Scout SS2, swap?
Don't you have 4.10's in your 8.8? I'd look for some with 4.10's from the factory, I have a set I put under the Scrambler and know where there is a yard with 4-5 Scouts, not sure of the ratios though.
The problem with the Scout front end is they have no caster, which is required for the steering to self correct back to center. Caster can be added, but then you're adding a price into the equation. A lot of people use the Waggie front end, which can be found in driver's or passenger's drop, are D44's, and have internally splined hubs, which are stronger than the Scouts externally splined ones. The drawback is you'll have to have the holes redrilled to match your 5x4.5 pattern. Both should fit well under the YJ frame. The positive side to the Scout axle is parts for it are cheap and plentiful, a loaded caliper (one with the pads), runs $25 and a disc is $40 the last time I checked.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled, It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!
'88.5 Zuki, 5" Calmini, Locked, Swamped, Rolled, and just generally broken in right!