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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-25-2000, 08:26 PM
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dana 30 front end

i have been searching for new axles under my cj-7, i just finished putting in a 360 and am begging to break my 20 axles. i have done some research and am consedering a ford 9" rear..28spline, 61" long, i was also looking into a dana 44 front out of a scout. but my problems comes when a friend offered to sell me a 30 front end out of a 96 or so wrangler w/4.56's and a ARB w/compressor for just under 500$ can i put that axle under my jeep, and match the width of the ford 9" with tons of back spacing. i have heard it is a hard and takes a lot of fab to get the dana 44 front end in. what should i do?

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Re: dana 30 front end

sell the dana 30 for parts, then buy a dana44 from a wagoneer

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i like the idea of selling it for parts, but i dont know if my friend would like me doing that. this may be a stupid question, but whats wrong with the dana 30 front? i have a cj 30 front and i have only spun a hub. oh and broke a axle u joint, but that was because of poor winching techniques.

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biggest problem is that the pumpkin on the 30 is on the driver side and your cj is on the passenger side. No matter how good the deal is it will take quite a bit to make it work, not worth it for a 30. I also agree with the above post, use a wagonner axle, the scout has no caster built in and it was a weak axle with the axle tubes thinner than most other 44s so most everyone is already bent.

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how wide is the wagonneer 44?

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61-62 inches

from a wagoneer, not a Jtruck or a Cherokee with fender flares

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thanks for your guys help. i never did consider which side the diff is on, that makes my decision easy. wagoneer 44's it is. one last question, how stupid am i to throw a ford 9" into the rear? i want a strong axle, but i believe that the dana 60 hangs too low. how much clearance will i lose with the 9, why havent i heard of people throwing a 9" in the rear of their cj's...it seems like a good idea to me.

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Re: dana 30 front end

I personally passed over one with disk brakes because the pinion enters the diff case so low...

just find a dana 44, unless your gonzo motor and tires youll be alright..

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well, the driveshaft entering the pinion to low is a problem, especially since i have a spring over..that would make for a pretty bad d/s angle..i am assuming wagoneers also had a dana 44 rear axle. i guess what makes all my decisions final is the cost, because i am only a poor college student

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Re: dana 30 front end

The Ford 9" has very strong pinion and axle shafts,beefy axle tubes and strong R&P, but it does drop the rear drive shaft to low unless its major modified like Curry does with the pinion on top. Also the 9" you were looking at with 28 spline is considered the weaker axle as compared to most which are manufatured as 31 spline. Another axle that is often overlooked is the Ford 8.8 from an Explorer it is 60 1/2", has the same axle,pinion and tube diameters as the 9" only a slightly smaller ring gear diameter(thickness of the ring gear is almost identical), it has a super strong pinion yoke set up, and on 95s and newer has Disc Brakes. Its a very easy swap on a YJ, I wouldnt think it would be much different on a CJ. I lost 1" of clearance as compared to the Dana 35. check out the attachment of the view of the Yoke, the pinion angle is set high because I broke a leaf Fri night, the axle wrapped so far that the yokes bound up and disinigrated a new spicer U joint, But no damage to the yoke. I would say average cost for a set up with discs is just over $500, They typically have 3.73 gears and a Trac Lock.

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