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Old April 13th, 2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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Default Ford 9 inch - and a Dana 44

Ok i got a deal on a Ford 9 inch and a dana 44 i have a 01 XJ with a dana 30 in the front and a chrysler 8.5 in the back what are some of the major issues I will be running into. Also are these axels worth upgrading to?
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Old April 13th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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Getting a D44 under the front of your XJ is going to be the biggest "issue". Good and what every one at your point should start with. Read that over and then come back with more questions.

http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthrea...t=dana+44+tech
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Old April 13th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #3
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Unless you are going to drop $1K in alloy shafts and super joints, it's hardly worth the effort to upgrade the front axle.
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You haven't mentioned your tire size (you sig says 33s), and why you want to upgrade.

If you are only staying with 33" MT type radials, I'd just keep the stock axles, and invest in better front shafts and call it good.
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read through my build thread
it shows one way of linking the front axle in
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 12:07 AM   #6
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Unless you are going to drop $1K in alloy shafts and super joints, it's hardly worth the effort to upgrade the front axle.
i have the dana 44 and 9" and it was very well worth upgrading the front after bending 3 Dana 30s and blowing both u-joints and the diff all in one shot in one of them. Plus if you drive it down the road very much lockouts are extremely nice to stop the front driveshaft from spinning. Then your also getting better brakes cheaper wheel bearings the ability to do highsteer and the list goes on. I say well worth the upgrade. For an easy way to put the front axle check out TNT Customs.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 05:57 PM   #7
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i have the dana 44 and 9" and it was very well worth upgrading the front after bending 3 Dana 30s and blowing both u-joints and the diff all in one shot in one of them. Plus if you drive it down the road very much lockouts are extremely nice to stop the front driveshaft from spinning. Then your also getting better brakes cheaper wheel bearings the ability to do highsteer and the list goes on. I say well worth the upgrade. For an easy way to put the front axle check out TNT Customs.
http://tntcustoms.com/front.aspx
Whiterhino is suggesting that it might be better to just upgrade to a D60 before spending all the money on shafts and such to still have an axle that still has a definite weak point.

That being said, I have a built D44, but I got a good deal on it.

However, it truly depends on what the exact setup is going to be, and if you ever plan on going bigger.
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i have the dana 44 and 9" and it was very well worth upgrading the front after bending 3 Dana 30s and blowing both u-joints and the diff all in one shot in one of them. Plus if you drive it down the road very much lockouts are extremely nice to stop the front driveshaft from spinning. Then your also getting better brakes cheaper wheel bearings the ability to do highsteer and the list goes on. I say well worth the upgrade. For an easy way to put the front axle check out TNT Customs.
http://tntcustoms.com/front.aspx
I think your response is spot on.
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