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Old December 27th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default I bought too small of Dana 44 Gears??

I am in the process of regearing a pair of ford axles im building, (Dana 44 HD high pinion. out of 77 F250) and (Ford 9" out of a 79 Bronco) as i was swapping gears in the 44 i noticed the original pinion was larger than my new one. I decided to go ahead and try to install them anyway, and just as i thought, they have a ton of play in them, the teeth barely even meet.
I have searched and aparently they dont even make a ring gear spacer for a 44.
I have heard something about there being different sized pinions available, depending on what the original gears in the axle were..?? i believe the stock gears in the axle were 3.56's, but i would need to double check.
Can anyone confirm this for me?
Any help at all is greatly appreciated right now
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Old December 27th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #2
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there is usually a 4.10 and up carrier, and 3.73 and down. you probably have the wrong one.

another problem may be a low pinion gear set, for your hi pinion axle.. (just a wild guess)
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Old December 27th, 2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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http://www.ringpinion.com/ContentFra...ier_Breaks.inc

read posted link, it will explain, chances are you just need the "thick" version of whatever you purchased
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Old December 27th, 2009, 09:43 PM   #4
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Likely the carrier break. What ratio are your new gears? As the ratio gets bigger, the pinion gets smaller. Honestly, if you don't know that, do you have the skills/knowledge needed to install a set of gear correctly?
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Old December 27th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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My new gears are 5.13's. My friend is helping me install them. He has done many gear set up's before without any problems.
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I am in the process of regearing a pair of ford axles im building, (Dana 44 HD high pinion. out of 77 F250) and (Ford 9" out of a 79 Bronco) as i was swapping gears in the 44 i noticed the original pinion was larger than my new one. I decided to go ahead and try to install them anyway, and just as i thought, they have a ton of play in them, the teeth barely even meet.
I have searched and aparently they dont even make a ring gear spacer for a 44.
I have heard something about there being different sized pinions available, depending on what the original gears in the axle were..?? i believe the stock gears in the axle were 3.56's, but i would need to double check.
Can anyone confirm this for me?
Any help at all is greatly appreciated right now
Dana 44 is 3.73 and down, 3.92 and up.

Since you're going from 3.55 to 5.13, you'll need a new carrier to move the ring gear closer to the pinion.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 11:41 AM   #7
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new carrier
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if you want to save the cash for a new carrier take your ring gear to a michine shop or somewhere with a cnc water-jet and tell them you need a 0.070" spacer made the same as the ring gear(using the ring gear as a template)
i ran into the same issue with ym dana 70 bought the axles "ready to go" checked into it and had the same issue and i wasnt about to buy a new locker
it only cost me $25 for two spacers
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if you want to save the cash for a new carrier take your ring gear to a michine shop or somewhere with a cnc water-jet and tell them you need a 0.070" spacer made the same as the ring gear(using the ring gear as a template)
And then he can make up the other 0.180" in shims?

The right way to do it is to get a new carrier, they're only about $60 so it's not a lot more than making a hokey spacer.
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