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**DONOTDELETE** 09-06-2001 12:52 PM

Dana 44 axle flange
I've got a D 44 out of a scout II, and was curious to know what anybody thinks about redrilling the flanges on the rear to 6 lug pattern. I know aftermarkets come with all the holes, just wondering about strength.


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**DONOTDELETE** 09-06-2001 02:59 PM

Re: Dana 44 axle flange
The flange that mounts to the brake backing plate? unless you are running disc in the rear, you will have to find another backing plate, it is form fit. I don't think that you have to worry about strength, unless you use the stupid pedal alot.

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TiminMb 09-06-2001 03:04 PM

Re: Dana 44 axle flange
It shouldn't compromise the strength if the bolt pattern is not any larger and closer to the edge of the flange. That kind of stuff is fairly standard fare for a machine shop to do. Gotta be cheaper than buying custom axles.


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ozarkjeep 09-06-2001 04:05 PM

Re: Dana 44 axle flange
WILL did this last year to a rear wag dana 44, converted it from 6 bolt to 5. he shippe it off and had a company do it.

It looked to me like they did great work, plug welded the old holes, drilled new, and even trued teh flange itself

you can ask him what he paid, I dont remember


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WILL 09-06-2001 09:48 PM

Re: Dana 44 axle flange
I sent them to Moser Engineering. It cost me $80 to have both redrilled, studs installed and shipped back. I had a good experience with them and they are holding up just fine.

dave 09-07-2001 07:57 AM

Re: Dana 44 axle flange
An option to convert to 6 lug would be different Dana 44 axles. I keep a couple spare long side rear Dana 44 axles from a mid 70's full size Cherokee Chief, that are 6 lug. You could find similar axles, then have them cut and resplined to match the Scout II. The bearings are the same, so the axles would be interchangable. The only difference would be the bolt pattern for the retaining plate. It's kind of a push / pull on expense, some areas it's less expensive to ship parts to be modified, yet in other areas it's less expensive to find used parts and have a local machine shop modify parts.

**DONOTDELETE** 09-07-2001 08:08 AM

Re: Dana 44 axle flange
Will, Dave, ozarkjeep, TiminMb, That's perfect, thanks for the ideas. I've got a cherokee chief with a nice 44 in the front, but you guessed it, it's a Quadratrac. I'll see about shipping them out.
Thanks a load!

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