Re: Dana 44
There is nothing wrong with using a rear center section in the front. In fact it can be a real asset because it gives you more room to put the spring pad where you need it WITHOUT outboarding the springs. It also is more flexible for setting pinion angle than a front diff with all that casting crap hanging off of it. If you look at a rear pumpkin and compare it to a front 44 you will see that the outside of the rear 44 is a lot narrower than the front because of all that casting they build in for the front spring mount which allows you to move the spring mount in closer to the pumpkin and also to put it on top or bottom plus orient the pinion angle where you need it. Plus, it looks a lot cleaner. I've done this with two of my Jeeps and was much happier than the one I used a front diff from. It also allowed me to keep the housing centered in the Jeep and move the pumpkin away from the oil pan and kept my driveline from interfering with things like starters, bellhousings, oil pans, etc. Nickmil.