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Swapping an Early Bronco Dana 44 into a YJ Off-Road.com

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There are many advantages to swapping an early Bronco Dana 44 into the front of a Wrangler YJ. The Dana 44 has larger u-joints, bigger ring and pinion, larger axle shafts (30 spline), beefy internal hubs, 5 on 5.5″ wheel bolt pattern, and good pinion placement. The Dana 44 also has more ring and pinion options than the reverse cut Dana 30 in the YJ. Lockers are generally cheaper for the Dana 44 since it is such a common axle.

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http://www.off-road.com/jeep/tech/convaxle/fordeb/d44.html

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Dana 44 Jeep Axle Info

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Several variations of the Dana 44 have been used as the rear axle in Jeeps, all of them use an 8.5″ ring and pinion. The Dana 44s with the two piece shafts are 19 spline or 27 spline and the versions with the once piece shafts are 30 spline.

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http://www.off-road.com/jeep/tech/axle/d44.html

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Dana 44 Installing Superior Axle & Gear’s Super 44 Kit

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Makers of the popular Super 35 Kit designed to add strength to Jeep TJs equipped with Dana 35 rear axles, Superior Axle & Gear is now offering its Super 44 kit for Jeep TJs with the Dana 44 factory option. Using Superior’s Evolution-series axle shafts, the kit affords the ability to upgrade the stock 30-spline axle shafts to 33-spline ‘shafts for a significant increase in strength. This is an excellent means of gaining rear axle muscle without the expense or hassle of a custom axle swap.

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http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/tech/0407_4wd_superior/

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Dana 44 High Steer Conversion on Early Bronco Axles

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It’€™s been almost three years since the Early Bronco axles went under the Jeep’€™s springs. It only took a few days to get used to the way my YJ behaved with the spring over and everything else that had changed during that project, but one thing that always bothered me was the bump steer. That much lift had put such an angle on the drag link that I felt every pothole and speed bump as a tug on the steering wheel, and even accelerating and braking made the Jeep pull to one side or the other as the front springs compressed and extended. I got used to all this just fine, but obviously something needed to be done sooner or later. The other downside to the D44 upgrade was the loss of turning radius ‘€“ the combination of a dropped YJ pitman arm and the factory EB knuckles left me with fond memories of the (relatively) small stock YJ turning circle.

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http://www.bc4x4.com/chrisw/projects/highsteer/histeer.asp

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