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Old February 24th, 2014, 06:41 PM   #1
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I destroyed my dana 44 high pinion in my cj7 so im looking to go with a regular dana 44. My question, Is the dana 44 hp and the regular dana 44 carrier housing the same width. If i buy a regular dana 44 out of whatever can i switch my tubes and still use my same axles. I have this idea in my head and its hard to put into words i guess. Let me know if what you think or any suggestions. Spring is coming.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 06:49 PM   #2
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No, just no. what did you do to harm the axle and make it unrepairable?
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Made a detroit locker look like a pile of scrap broke the ring and pinion and cracked a bearing cap. Bad day at the dunes.
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But is the housing fucked up to the point it isn't repairable?
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No is is repairable but i have heard that the high pinions are weaker than a regular 44.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 07:15 PM   #6
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No is is repairable but i have heard that the high pinions are weaker than a regular 44.
only if run in the rear hp fronts are stronger then a lp
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Old February 24th, 2014, 08:42 PM   #7
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Motor & tire combo? Destroying a detroit at the dunes? The dunes are pretty forgiving on drivelines unless you are pumping a lot of hp & traction. Or........getting it airborne.
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Broke a HP44 gear set? Wow. HP gears are stronger then LP's for front applications.
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he never did say if it was the front or rear axle. Im assuming front also but maybe someone swapped in a custom HP rear into it.

also he said that he cracked a bearing cap, this would make the center section junk and you can't just replace a bearing cap without a lot of work machining the entire center section.

To answer the original question, The carriers are the same on HP and LP 44s. The housings themselves are slightly different. You are better off pulling the C's (front axle) or outer bearing cups (rear axle) and setting your axle length that way.
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Front or rear it sounds like a lot of shock damage and it might be a good idea to go with something larger
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it was a hp in the rear that came apart. quite the pile of parts
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A lp would have a stronger r&p but the rest would be equal strength so I'm not sure it would be a solution
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Yes it was the rear and im not sure what the cause of this was as the owner before me had ran it with the hp and I have ran it for 2 1/2 years with the hp. I may rebuild the hp and keep my eye out for a lp for the future if need be. Im running a 360 with 35s I would think that is not over kill.
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Not overkill in the sand.
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If your going to be messing with axle swaping and building might as well go with a Ford 9" I believe they are damn close to the same price to build and such. Besides, if you blew up a Detroit, the only thing stronger is going to be a spool but you also destroyed the gears and bearing caps so there isn't much you can cost effectively do to strengthen thoes areas and it will fail again. Better off upgrading.


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