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I WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE MY FRONT AXLE TO A DANA 44 BUT CANT FIND
ANY DONOR TRUCK WITH IT. MY QUESTION IS WHAT CAN I USE THAT IS THE
SAME STRENGTH OR BETTER THAT IS A MATCH TO MY DANA 30 WITH OUT CUTING
THE TUBES. WELDING NO PROBLEM.THANKS
88 JEEP WRANGLER 258 I 6 231 TRANSFER

 
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Nothing is the same size. The jeep narrow track is 50.5" wide and the wide track is 54.5" wide the losest thing is a scout at 58" You could put one of them in but your tires would stick out 2" wider on each side than they do now. The scou also has 0 degrees caster with the steering arms at 90 degrees so the knuckles need to be cut off and rewelded to something like 6 degrees (don't hold me to that angle, i'm not positive) The best thing to do is get a dana 44 front fron a mid seventys wagoneer, cut(i believe it is 3") from the long side, then it will match close enough. Oh wait you have a wrangler,, I have no idea what uses a dana 44 with the pumkin on the drivers side. Call someplace like currie or the others and have one built to your specs, Thats the best way, that what i'm gona do.

 
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for the drivers side dana44 try a 66-77 bronco, they will still be wide but closer, and if you swap in both then you will need new wheels anyways and can juggle the wheel placement with the backspacing.

 
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I used a dana 44 from a 82 grand wagoneer to narrow for my wrangler. Total I think I cut 5 inches off to end up with an overall length of 60 inches. Cutting a front axle is very simple. I measured how much to take off of each side and then band sawed the ends off making sure my cuts were as staight as possible, and thenI took a sawzall and cut the tube from inside the knuckle. I then cleaned both pieces good and slid the knuckle back onto the tube, set caster and welded it up. Nothing to it. I think the wagoneer axle as is is about 65 inches long. I believe I cut about 3 1/2 inches off one end and 1 1/2 from the other end, I'd have to check my paper work to be sure on the correct cut offs. Wagoneer front ends from 80- 83 I think will work. As far as changing the 6 bolt lug pattern, not sure as I stayed with the 6 lug. Good Luck, Steve

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I used a Dana 44 off a mid 80s wagoneer. The pumpkin was right and I did not shorten it at all. I think the tires stick out an extra 1.5 inches on either side. I still have to adjust the castor, but not by much.

good luck

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I forgot to say that there is a bunch of info on this on this web sight. Check the short wheel base tech sexction and look under axles.

MNT
 
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