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Old 12-24-2007, 12:36 AM
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How much can a dana 44 take?

I'm considering running one in my Wagoneer when I go to a 2wd setup. Would this axle hold up to high 12s on slicks in a 4000+ pound car? Short of a custom axle it looks like a dana 44 is my only choice if I want to keep my 6x5.5 bolt pattern. I can pick them up with the right width and 4.10 posi for $150-200 all day long. Basically move the perches and bolt it in. Would be real convenient if I could get away without having to build an axle. I would assume that they're sturdy enough since people off road them but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Anyone have any experience with this axle?

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I do not know the answer to that question.

What I can tell you is that a lot of off-road jeepers go find an 8.8 out from under a ford explorer and use them. They are apparently a lot stronger than whatever their jeeps come with from the factory.

They occasionally will twist the axle housing from the center pumpkin if they do not weld them there though. Most of them do so before wheeling.

I am not sure what this does to the width. Off-roaders do not particularly care I do not think.

I know it has the small ford bolt pattern.

They come in all sorts of gear ratios. If you find a 4 door with the "sport package", they have a 4.10 trac-lock in them.

The 96+ ones have disk brakes too.
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The little jeepers use the ford axle because it's a direct swap for their weak dana 35s. I looked into it because it's pretty close to the width I need but it's the wrong bolt pattern. They make adapters but they don't look very safe. If a dana 44 won't hold up I'll probably end up with custom axles in an 8.8. I'd prefer the dana 44 though since it'd be the cheapest and easiest.

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You ought to post the question on the Jeep Forum , there's a Full Size Jeep section there.

I've got 2 Grand Cherokee's with Dana 35's and have never had a problem with them myself.
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Told you I don't know anything about jeeps. I just knew the ford axles were very popular. They are hard to find for the ford guys now. LOL
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I'm already a member of the IFSJA. The general consensus is that they're bulletproof up to 35" tires off-road on a full size rig. However, I can't find anyone who has used a dana 44 for on-road performance use and especially with slicks.
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454 Rattler ran a Dana 44 in this couple...with a (obviously) 454 BBC. He didn't have slicks but he DID have big meats on the back. With the exception of some problems with the axle seals, the rear end seemed to hold up fine.



I'm also running a D-44 in my Sedan Delivery - but that's only go a little 302 in it with 11" tires...plus it's not on the road yet so not very helpful to you at this point.

From my limited experience and reading I would place the 44 in the tier just below the normal Ford 9", the early Olds rears, and the Dana 60 in terms of strength. I think you'd have to dish out an awful lot of abuse before you could bust it up.
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Thanks for the info Cboy, that's exactly what I hoping for. I'll probably pick one up in the next couple of weeks.

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