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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-24-2001, 08:47 PM
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Axle Dilemma solved

I just found out, that the D44 used in XJs is the same width as the D35 used in the TJ!! I called around and found that Mepco sells a front and rear mounting bracket ket for $260. I guess I'm going to Pull-Apart tomorrow to get an axle for under 50. Alot cheaper than 2-3k. Has anyone out there done this? Who knows whether a 44 front from a Scout or a Grand Wagoneer would fit the TJ?

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Re: Axle Dilemma solved

if you can get them for $50, but all you can find [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
the 44's in the XJ's are pretty rare.

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I know the reverse cut D-30 from the 94-up XJ bolts right in to the TJ. With Warn axles the reverse cut 30 is pretty tough. I've heard the ring gear is roughly 30 percent stronger when running in the proper direction (reverse cut for front axles).

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They are pretty hard to find. I don't think there's a front axle that will fit besides the metioned xj front, and if you didn't want to deal w/ the disconect you would have to get one from an xj w/ a full time case and 95.5 or later to get 297x u-joints but you would have issues not having manual hubs. If you want to get a d44 housing you could probably put d30 hubs and breaks on it. I know a lot of xj guys swap in f-150 or f-25o front axles from the late 70's though they have a differnt bolt pattern 5x5.5 vs. the tj, xj, yj, zj 5x4.5. I would suggest if you wanted to do both axles at once getting a frod front d44, i believe they are reverse cut or high pinon (can rember which) and either a scout d44 rear (has the 5x5.5 bolt pattern waggys have a 6 bolt pattern) or ford 9" rear axle (make sure it's 31 spline) and then get new wheels to deal w/ the bolt pattern, they your jeep will be really durable. If you want to get more info on the front swap I'd check out the modifications tech at xj and tj fronts are pretty similar and i don't think there's any one here that's swaped front axles on a tj. Also for a rear axle swap check out 3/4 ton yj's site, they swaped an 8.8 from an exploder into a tj, that might be the best swap. I hope this has made some sense. I'd do it right the 1st time.


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Re: Axle Dilemma solved

good luck finding an XJ D44. they were only available in 87-89 (i think) with towing package. very rare to just go out and find one.

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