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Old November 17th, 2007, 06:21 AM   #1
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if one had access to a free ttb dana 44, cuz who would pay money for one, and wanted to put it under a explorer could you cut and turn the beams to: 1gain lift and 2 make it a bit more narrow... but what could be worked out for the axle shafts? besides haveing custom ones make which would be a waste of money
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Old November 17th, 2007, 06:36 AM   #2
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i think you can use part of the pass side shaft, i recently read an article on this but can't remember exact;y what it said, but the inner slip shaft on the right side of the 35 and 44 are the same splines. You could always just do the D44 knuckle swap. Honestly the D35 diff and ujoints are just as strong on the TTB as the D44 TTB, IMO the only real benefit of a D44 TTB vs the D35 TTB is the knuckles, bigger brakes, better bearing spacing, better hubs. The Ujoints are the same size between the two.

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Old November 17th, 2007, 01:41 PM   #3
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if one had access to a free ttb dana 44, cuz who would pay money for one, and wanted to put it under a explorer could you cut and turn the beams to: 1gain lift and 2 make it a bit more narrow... but what could be worked out for the axle shafts? besides having custom ones make which would be a waste of money
The first gen Explores had 44 in them (so I was told sorry)I don't know how many years they covered .So I would think you should be able to cross over parts .And the cut and turn lift thing thats been done allot in the desert trucks .If you surf around you will probably find all kinds of stuff .TTB is a good way to go if you are already set up for it, Go fast and strong.
This is probably a good place to start.
http://www.race-dezert.com/

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Old November 17th, 2007, 01:57 PM   #4
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The first gen Explores had 44 in them I don't know how many years they covered .So I would think you should be able to cross over parts.
I have never heard of anything Ranger/explorer based that came with any 44 configration from the factory. Not ripping on ya, but if I hadn't come across it yet until now while searching for TTB stuff I'd bascialy have to see it to believe it. the gen 1 Rangers had D28's in them, and those are extremely weak. Other than that, the D35 is whats been under all models. I think pretty much every year of Explorer had the D35 since they started putting them in BII's before the Explorer was even around.

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Old November 17th, 2007, 04:44 PM   #5
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Old November 17th, 2007, 05:09 PM   #6
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The first gen Explores had 44 in them I don't know how many years they covered .So I would think you should be able to cross over parts .And the cut and turn lift thing thats been done allot in the desert trucks .If you surf around you will probably find all kinds of stuff .TTB is a good way to go if you are already set up for it, Go fast and strong.
This is probably a good place to start.
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W R O N G....explorers NEVER had a 44 in them. EVER.

Cut and turn = teh whip for dezert running. However, it's also a major PITA and it's tough to get the angles correct on them...

Edit: The really trick thing to do would be to swap the D44 outers onto the D35 beams......this would give you all the benifits CheapThrills mentioned, but you wouldn't have to deal with any of the fabing to fit the axle in the truck.

The only other benifit a 44 has over the 35 is it's fullwidth. If you want more stability, the 44 is good for it....

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Old November 17th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #7
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We had a 91 exploder ordered and waited for it was told that some of the first ones that came off the line had 44s in them .I don't own it any more so I cant argue with ya.
No problem should have not worded it the way I did ,my bad.

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Old November 17th, 2007, 09:11 PM   #8
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We had a 91 exploder ordered and waited for it was told that some of the first ones that came off the line had 44s in them .I don't own it any more so I cant argue with ya.
No problem should have not worded it the way I did ,my bad.
First off, let me say that by my post I wasn't trying to be a dick.....sorry if it reads that way, and I wasn't tryin to argue.

Secondly, per everything I've read/seen (including Ford OEM parts catalogs) the explorers were strictly available with the dana 35 up front, 8.8 in the rear, and the OHV 4.0 from the time they were launched up until they switched to SLA in the front (and even that case is a dana 35...it's standard rotation as opposed to reverse rotation like the TTB gears)

If ford put a D44 TTB in an explorer, it was more than likely for testing purposes.....it's possible that some exist, they just weren't produced & sold on the market

Again, no hard feelings.....
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