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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-20-2002, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dana front axle question...

I have access to a D44 front axle. It's correct offset and has a 3:73 R&P. It's also got front discs. So, here are my questions... Will there be a problem if I use this front axle with a hybrid (Tracker/Sami) rear axle? Will there be a problem that this axle is a little wider than the rear axle(Can be compensated with wider tires in the rear)? Is there a 4:62 R&P available for a D44? How would I do the brakes? Can I have custom brake lines made to accomodate the Zuk end and the D44 end? How about the driveshaft? I could have a custom one made up locally. The axle I have access to is cheap, in good shape and doesn't need a rebuild or anything. The rim bolt pattern is also the same. I like the idea of a new front axle but don't really think I need anything other than the hybrid rear axle which I have in the works...

I haven't heard anything from anyone on this board about just swapping the front axle for a Dana.
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Re: Dana front axle question...

It is not a bad idea. The thing I would be consered about is the weight, power, and ground clearence. To gain the ground clearence that you have lost you will need at least 2" taller tire. Then your adding even more weight so you rig is going to be even more of a dog so if you upgrade to more HP that rear axle probably not handle the bigger tires and more HP. Just my .02.
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Re: Dana front axle question...

You can get 4.56 gears for a D44, which are close enough to be concidered a match. Fill out your profile so we know where you live, but you should be able to get all of the other sfuff you listed localy. If it is a 5lug with the diff on the right side it is probably out of a scout 2, or maybe a full size jeep truck or wagoneer (but I think these were 6lug). The only thing you need to watch out for is that the scouts used a longer pitman arm and steering knuckle than everything else, if you use a short sami pitman arm with the long scout knuckles, you will have a pretty large turning radius. Other than that it sounds like a good swap, you should never break it.
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Re: Dana front axle question...

I seem to recall that you may need to swap out the carrier in the diff to go to lower gears. (danas use differnt sized carriers for the differnt ratios.) I don't remember the cutoffs, if you check the Jeep tech sections I think the
info is there. As far as the rear hybred if you have 33's and rock crawl you will break the axles. carry spares.
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