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G. wagoner D44 swap into yj

I was wondering how hard it is to find a G. Wagoner front D44 with manual locking hubs for the front. All the ones I found have select trac. I called warn to see if they made a conversion kit for them but they do not. Does anyone know how to convert these or should i avoid that and keep searching. I bought a rear D44 out of an 88 wagoner for about $100 but the front was select trac. Thanks for your help.

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Re: G. wagoner D44 swap into yj

another question, HOW do you springover a wagoneer frontend dana 44 since the steering is on top of the knuckles. wont the steering linkage hit the springs at droop? do you have to move them under the knuckle or buy a kit to move them above the springs??? thanks

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Re: G. wagoner D44 swap into yj

When I shopped for my G.Wag D44 front I noticed there were some of them that had some sort of thang attached to the housing of the 44, I avoided those and eventualy found an 87 with no thang, a bit over 60" and solid hubs, but Ill be using Ford hubs and rotors. I havent spent much time with this swap yet, but it looks like ill have to have an extension added over the knuckles,to raise the tie rod and drag link, many companies are producing them(Tri County Gear), but better yet, many local 4x4 machinists are reproducing them at the shop bench level for a fraction of the price. You need a flat spot machined also on the tops of the knuckles to except the new brackets, ive been quoted about $300 for all parts and machining.

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Re: G. wagoner D44 swap into yj

I used a mid 80s G Wagoneer D44 in the front of my YJ, and the only thing I changed was the pitman arm. (I think I got it from Tri-County) Other than that it was almost a complete bolt in.

There is a good write up on it on this site somewhere. Maybe under Jeep Tech - axles.

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MNT, you didnt change the spring perches? what about the brakelines? again, is yours a springover? I am asking as i have these axles in my garage and i am under the assumption that the perches must be relocated and brakelines made. I may perform a springover in a while and because the steering setup is on top of the knuckles i thought it would interfere... what is your take on this??

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I think I moved the spring perches about 1/2 inch. I should have adjusted the caster then, instead I am currently using shims. The brake lines I got are stainless steel braided, that I got from a local performance shop. You have to be careful getting them made, because a lot of places won't do it if you are going to be on the highway. (Funny you can do off road racing, but not go on the highway) Mine is currently set up as a spring under. I'll be putting an OME lift on this summer.

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Re: G. wagoner D44 swap into yj

The info I mentioned earlier is found at http://www.off-road.com/jeep/tech/convaxle/sjd44yj/ I hope I got that right. This is the article that I used as my main source of info. I ended up using the rear brakes from a 1979 Caddy Eldorado (with parking brake) the power booster from a 1976 caddy something or other and the master cylinder from a F250 per the above mentioned write up. Let me know if you have any other questions, and I will try to answer them.

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