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Old January 16th, 2007, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default d-35 & d-44 brake crossover

this should have been in "axles" sorry!

anyone ever used dana 35 drum brakes on a dana 44?? i bought brand new everything for my 35, and want to try and get it to work on the 44 i have.

i know the mounting plate is bigger on the 44, but could you maybe fab up an adapter to make the holes line up??

also, (i'll try tomorrow, just thought i'd ask) i've heard the 44 shafts will fit into the 35 housing... after drilling the lug holes to a 4.5 inch pattern, would i be able to get this to work??

AND, will the 44 carrier (i'l try tomorrow if no one knows) fit into the 35 if the whole shaft/brake thing works?

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Old January 16th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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The only way to make a direct bolt on swap is with a TJ Dana 44 and Dana 35 brakes from a c-clip equipped axle.

If you use ZJ disks on a TJ dana 44, you will have to bore the brackets a little to clear the axle-shaft seals.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 10:14 PM   #3
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i figured it wouldn't work; i looked at it a little, just haven't put things together to see if they would fit.
the 44 is out of a cj, so it is a bit narrower too. i am going to just put disc brakes on it i think.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 03:21 PM   #4
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I just did a conversion on my scout rear. I used S-10 calipers and CJ front rotors. I don't know how the axle flange will fit into the rotor though on the CJ axle. $150 in parts to complete the job. Info for the parts counter guy: Front '89 S-10 2wd 4 cyl calipers, hardware, and pads.

my set up:
http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=18884

about 3/4 down the page. Hope it helps, Ryan
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Old January 17th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #5
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i was looking @ your project post earlier today. just how i was planning on doing it. i'll probably get some yj or exploder rotors (whichever is less expensive) because i am going to use some 5.5 inch to 4.5 inch wheel adapters. thanks for the info though.
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You still need the 5 on 5.5" rotors because the adaptor bolts on after the rotor. The Jeep rotors are $22 a piece too. Don't know how much the exploder rotors are. I was looking to use dodge 1/2 ton rotors because they have a 5 on 5.5" pattern too, but those were about $55 a piece.
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i was wondering about the spacer placement; thought the rotor would be too far out for the calipers to reach it. thanks!
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Use Suzuki Sidekick rotors, and Maxima calipers.
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why the suzuki/nissan parts?? is it because the calipers aren't as thick so the rear won't lock up as easily??

will the calipers fit onto gm caliper mounts, or do i just make my own???

i live close to a&a manufacturing, so i'm thinking it would be easier to use gm mounting brackets.
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Cheaper, lighter, and the calipers have a built in e-brake. You don't need vented rotors on a rear axle.

You'll need to fab your own brakets for the calipers

Link to this setup on a D60-2
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nice link; i was wondering about the e-brake. i feel a lot safer w/ one....
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