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Old 04-01-2010, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Using Isuzu gears in Wagoneer Dana 44?

Hey everyone, first post, long long long time viewer. Finally found a question worth creating an account for.

I read this article:
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=603807

...to find out information on the Isuzu/Honda rear Dana 44 that is currently being used in my Son's hunting rig. It has an '87 Wagoneer front Dana 44 and a '95 Honda Passport rear Dana 44. When building the rig, he wanted 4.30's, so he picked up an additional Passport rear and wants to put the rear gears into the front Wagoneer axle.

This is where the confusion begins. Is there anything special required during this gear swap? We already have a master install kit from Randy's Ring and Pinion but I'm not sure they fully knew the differences between the ring and pinion set outlined in the above link/thread.

Any help is appreciated, as this rig will be on the road as soon as the front gears are in.
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am running the stock D 44 in my 96 ZU got 4.88 for a D44 had no problems
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I am running the stock D 44 in my 96 ZU got 4.88 for a D44 had no problems
Thanks for the tid bit but I believe what you did is outlined in the link in my first post. I'm not trying to accomplish what you did.
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Yes, the gears are the same, but the install kit may be different. When I was swapping Rodeo 4.10s into my CJ dana 44, I found that there is a difference in shim location for the pinion. On the rodeo the pinion shims were located under the inner bearing race...but on the CJ they were located under the inner pinion bearing. You should probably get the install kit specific to your waggy 44 if you don't already have it. As mentioned in the link, make sure your rodeo axle you intend to take the gears from is a pre-'98 axle.
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Do you have any exploded diagrams from when you did your gear swap?
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Taking it apart makes a pretty nice exploded "diagram" on the shop floor.

It's the same as all other low pinion dana 44s. If you really need a diagram go to dana's automotive website and do a bom search on your axle and you should be able to pull up parts lists and diagrams.
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When i did mine I used the waggy setup as far as shim location under the races and threw out the crush sleeve from the suzu axle. i haven't engaged it yet to see what happens but it spec'd out during set up

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