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Old September 8th, 2007, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default D44 driver's drop?

Is there a donor vehicle out there that would be best to nab a driver's drop d44 out of to swap into a YJ and stay spring under?

I see lots of them to go spring over, but I want to stay spring under.

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Old September 8th, 2007, 10:34 PM   #2
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78-79 f 250 & change perches. Also hp.
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IIRC Sam has one from an f150. Not sure what year.
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Old September 8th, 2007, 10:38 PM   #4
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80 up waggy keeps it sua and the right width.

Or if you have the front scout axle and a dana 300 not flipped would be a good combo
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Old September 8th, 2007, 10:40 PM   #5
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78-79 f 250 & change perches. Also hp.
Pretty sure the driver's side perch is cast into the pumpkin, isn't it?
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Old September 9th, 2007, 02:03 AM   #6
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Pretty sure the driver's side perch is cast into the pumpkin, isn't it?
yes, but thats not that hard to get around with some air arcing, grinding, and welding
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Old September 9th, 2007, 06:31 AM   #7
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80 up waggy keeps it sua and the right width.

Or if you have the front scout axle and a dana 300 not flipped would be a good combo

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1980-1991 Waggy/Grand Wagoneer D44 would be ideal. It's a 6 x 5.5" bolt pattern, 60.5" wide, low-pinion. I installed one in my CJ-10a, and it worked out very well. Avoid '83--84 model years, as they had a vacuum disconnect D44 front.

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Old September 9th, 2007, 10:30 AM   #8
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I think I forgot to mention the 5x4.5 bolt pattern part. :tonka:
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Old September 9th, 2007, 10:39 AM   #9
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None then :miff:

Buy a super 8.8 kit
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Old September 9th, 2007, 10:54 AM   #10
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Gal darn it.
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Old September 9th, 2007, 12:00 PM   #11
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Old September 9th, 2007, 07:52 PM   #12
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such strong language! I do not think that you can re-drill the waggy front to 5 on 5 what rear axle are you running? can you swap that out to?
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You could swap to Dodge D44 unit hubs to get a 5 on 4.5 pattern...but that would be kinda dumb.
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Old September 9th, 2007, 09:00 PM   #14
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you could do a d300 and my front axle, it has a spring under perch cast into it, im not sure about the width of the pads but it is fully built and ready to go... 65" wide and 5 on 5.5
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I thought about something like that but it would require just more mods than I am willing to put into this rig now. It's getting rough, the body is falling apart etc.

I need less down time. I have been instructed by the wife that this winter will not be an "upgrade everything" winter. :tonka:

She said I am taking her and Nicholas snow wheelin every chance we get.
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that makes sense, aside from the t-case the axle could be swapped in a weekend. Im not sure what the t-case swap would involve but I do know it is a fairly common swap, reroute exhaust, new shifter location or cable shifters, driveshafts.
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Yea, not too bad, but more money than I want to put into this one. I would need an adapter for the d300 to my trans and last time I looked at those they were something like 500 bucks.

Add that to the crossmember mods, steering, etc etc....just more than I want to put into this rig. I don't see me doing anything except replacing the rear axle it looks like.

This rig will be retired, parted and a new rig will emerge.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 06:54 AM   #18
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If it's short term why not stick with stock?
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If it's short term why not stick with stock?
Cuz my crap is broke.

And I can't afford to start building new just yet.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 07:13 PM   #20
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sounds like you either need to stay dana 30 front with an 8.8 rear or go waggy 44 front and rear (need new rims this route though).

You could also go early bronco 44 front and 9" rear (5x5.5 so new rims)

There are also other options but another one is to run adapters. I've got them, I don't like them and I wanna get rid of them but I have to wait until I get teh super 88 kit and convert the 6 lug front to 5x5.5 Adapters to go from 5x4.5 to 6x5.5 cost me about $150 but they are two piece adapters. I locktighted the crap out of them but I still don't like it.

Another similar but less scary options is to have the 8.8 flanges built up in diameter and redrilled but then you'd have rotor issues.......


Yes I have been thinking of this for too long....
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