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Old February 22nd, 2006, 04:48 PM   #1
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alright, i have a stock dana 30 on my jeep, its a 2000 TJ. im upgrading a lot of stuff...i have a way to get a dana 44 off a Ruby but i hear its not that much better..its only the housing so ill use my stock dana 30 knuckles and brakes, and by cromly axle shafts if i go down that road...or i can do out and get a dana 44 off a wagoneer and find a way to get it to either stock 5x4.5 or 5x5.5 i need to go with either lug pattern due to my rear axle....i want to keep the stock 60wms i dont want to go full size due to the fact i dont like the look..but im going to run 37's and i have only have heavy foot when im in mudd....or in the sand... by the way i got a 8.8 off an explore in the rear and its 5x4.5 but i belive and correct me if im wrong but an 01 E150 has an 8.8 in the rear and its 5x5.5 so ill just get the axle shaft shorten and resplined..so should i go with the Ruby 44 build? or should i go with the wagonner build?
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 07:26 AM   #2
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LOL i went through this all not too long ago. I went with a J-10 D44 (widetrack Cherokee) it is way stronger than the D30. There is no way to stay with the 5x4.5 pattern b/c the D44 has lockouts, the hub is too large for the center of the 5x4.5 wheel. As for the rear I went with a 97 ford explorer V8 w/ disc. and that came with 5x4.5 pattern. It was easly changed to 5x5.5 by buying adapters. I am running 35"s w/ 4.88 gears locked in the front w/ lunch in the rear. This works great, i did not have to chopp any of the axles so the shaft length is store buyable. The axles sit about 4" wider than stock.

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Old February 23rd, 2006, 05:38 PM   #3
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You can get a 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern 44 off a fullsize dodge with fulltime 4x4. You could take the outers and use them on a narower 44 if you wanted. Those axles have a unit bearing that may be a little weaker but you can get a lockout conversion if you set on keeping the 5 by 4.5.
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