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Dana 44 Swap - Axle Shafts & Brake Drums


 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 11:37 am    Post subject: Dana 44 Swap - Axle Shafts & Brake Drums Reply with quote

(1) I want to get the drum backing plates off to take some measurements, so I need to pull the shaft. My existing D35 shafts don't have any sort of retaining plate. To pull the shafts do I need to remove the clips from inside the diff? To get to the clips do I need to mess w/ the gears at all?


(2) The 87' D44 Housing I have has no brake parts whatsoever. Ideally I'd like to do a disc conversion, probably w/in the next few months. I hear Crown Vic disks are the way to go. But for now (if possible) I'd like to swap my entire D35 brake assembly, from the backing plate to the drum.

I know, I know, you want to reply and tell me I'm crazy. But for now I'd like to concentrate on getting the axle in and running and handle the brakes during a separate project. Plus I'll probably have my 31"s for another 4 months, so braking effectiveness won't be an issue.

Ok, I know the ID of the 35 backing plate center hole is smaller, so that would have to be enlarged to fit the bearings. The bolt pattern doesn't match up exactly either but it looks doable. Any other possible issues I'm overlooking? Anyone done this swap?

Thanks!

Ralfy | 01'XJ
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D35 is a C-clip axle and you need to open the differential to remove the C-clips and pull the shafts.

D44 uses retaining plates exterior to the axle bearings. Remove the bolts and pull the shaft. You don't need to open the differential. There are no C-clips.

If you can, find a set of brakes from a ZJ. Rear discs and I believe they swap right on with the retaining plate found on Rubicons (a rear 44 with discs). Otherwise, Tera makes a rear disc conversion kit.

ThePhantum has a nice writeup on building an XJ D44.
http://www.jeephorizons.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=1977
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