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So looking for a front dana 44 for my comanche now. Got some questions and wanting some advice. First of all, but rigs will have a dana 44 with my bolt pattern and driver drop and same width? I know theyre rare but just trying to do my homework. 

 

Now, I got a buddy selling fully built mathcing dana 44s with RCVs, lockers, 4.56s, and trussed and set up for a 3 link for 3,000$. Do yall think I should just go with that? I just don't need a rear 44 because I have a ford 8.8 already and I also don't want to just go and drop 3,000$ right now. Thanks yall!

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Why do you need a D44 front?  Are you running very large tires or wheeling your rig extremely hard?

 

As far as I know, the only driver side drop D44s that are the right width are found on 1982-1991 Wagoneers and 2003-2006 Wrangler TJ Rubicons.

 

The swap doesn't gain you much over the stock D30, which is plenty stout.  Unless you need a D44 up front, or have more money than most, skip it.

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15 minutes ago, kryptronic said:

 

As far as I know, the only driver side drop D44s that are the right width are found on 1982-1991 Wagoneers and 2003-2006 Wrangler TJ Rubicons.

 

The swap doesn't gain you much over the stock D30, which is plenty stout.  Unless you need a D44 up front, or have more money than most, skip it.

 

And the 82-91 Wagoneers don't use the same wheel bolt pattern as the XJ/MJ.

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is your dana 30 stock?  there are upgrades you can do that cost waaaaaaay less than trying to put a 44 in there. :L: 

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3 hours ago, Eagle said:

 

And the 82-91 Wagoneers don't use the same wheel bolt pattern as the XJ/MJ.

 

This too.  Would need a Wagoneer or Rodeo/Passport D44 rear to match.

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$3000 for those axles probably isn't bad with everything done, just be sure that D44s are going to be enough axle for your build, you could spend that same  $3k and be sitting on 1 tons.

 

Also, personally i would much rather have a built D44 rear over your current 8.8", strength is similar between the D44 and 8.8 but a D44 has much better ground clearance, an 8.8 has roughly the same clearance measurements as a D60.

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$3000 for bolt in Dana 44s with RCV shafts, Lockers, and 4.56 gears. That is a steal. Try adding up parts and labor on building those axles from scratch.

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3k for those axles isn't a bad deal especially if they are ready to bolt in. If you're running the 33's and the AX15 that would be a good all around combo. 

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On 1/29/2019 at 5:25 AM, kryptronic said:

Why do you need a D44 front?  Are you running very large tires or wheeling your rig extremely hard?

 

As far as I know, the only driver side drop D44s that are the right width are found on 1982-1991 Wagoneers and 2003-2006 Wrangler TJ Rubicons.

 

The swap doesn't gain you much over the stock D30, which is plenty stout.  Unless you need a D44 up front, or have more money than most, skip it.

I want to run 37s and yeah I know all that but still want a 44

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On 1/29/2019 at 10:14 AM, mnkyboy said:

$3000 for those axles probably isn't bad with everything done, just be sure that D44s are going to be enough axle for your build, you could spend that same  $3k and be sitting on 1 tons.

 

Also, personally i would much rather have a built D44 rear over your current 8.8", strength is similar between the D44 and 8.8 but a D44 has much better ground clearance, an 8.8 has roughly the same clearance measurements as a D60.

Yeah I thought about 1 tons but Id need new wheels and I think itd be cheaper for me to just do a 44. Probably going to wait till the swap meet here in WA in Puyallup on march 10 and find a dana 44

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If you truly are deed set on a waggy 44 front, I have a j-20 here off an 84 same thing. It's yours for scrap prices. I want it out but it's too nice to scrap. I'd rather just break 30s and pull another if it happens but I'm planning on nothing ever bigger than 35. I personally don't get tossing in these heavy axles and keeping the 4.0. The mj or xj rear 44 trussed is much lighter and plenty stout especially with upgraded axle shafts. I also plan on never going more than 6.5" of lift max but each is own there is no wrong or right just your truck build it for you.

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