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nixt
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:52 pm    Post subject: Corvette axle Reply with quote

I've read on some websites that some Corvettes used an aluminum Dana 36 and Dana 44 axle set up for an independent suspension. I'm refering to the C3 and C4 Corvettes built from 1980 to 1996. The websites always refer to the Corvette axle as an aluminum Dana 44 while I've seen the Jeep axle listed as a Spicer 44 or 44a. Instead of an 8.8" axle swap, I've been looking to change the ring gear to 4.10's since I haven't found anyone locally that will set it up to work with the ABS. I've found that the corvette gears are slightly cheaper. Does anyone know if the parts are interchangeable or if the axle centersections are the same?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn good question.. But I dont know... Try contacting Randy at Randys ring and pinion... He will answer questions for free.. Mr. Green
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nixt
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Randy sez (or whoever I spoke to on the phone at Randy's Ring and Pinion):

Yes, the Corvette uses some aluminum components in the Dana 36 and 44 axles. But the part numbers are different from the Jeep so they aren't interchangeable.

Well that explains it. But does anyone know if the aluminum 44 has been used in any other vehicles other than the Jeep?
-nixt
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1998 ZJ 5.9 Limited W/242 swap
JKS disconnects & Garmin GPS
Heavy duty OME Suspension kit
with 2" coil spacers for 3.5-3.75 total lift
235/85R16 Goodyear MTR's Measure a true 32"

Life has No Value,
But Death Has Its Price.
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nixt
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently I was looking for the wrong information and therefore I came up with the wrong response. I had asked about the aluminum Dana 44 being called the 44a when it is actually referred to in Dana literature as the Dana 44HD. I also found out that the centersection of both the Corvette and Grand Cherokee rear axles is the same. The item/part numbers for the gearing is different if the spline count is different (I can't believe I missed this). If the spline count is the same then yes the part numbers are the same and therefore should be interchangeable. Also, I found that the Viper rear axle is indeed the aluminum Dana 44HD as well. Therefore, the total number of vehicles(that I've found) that use the aluminum Dana 44HD is 3- manual transmission 80's era Corvettes, the Grand Cherokee, and the Dodge Viper.
I just wanted to clear this up with the correct information and if I find out about any other vehicles I'll add them to the post.
-nixt
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Heavy duty OME Suspension kit
with 2" coil spacers for 3.5-3.75 total lift
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