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Old 08-05-2009, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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cutting down a dana 44

am thinking about cutting down a dana 44 for my XJ. i could get a 1979 Ford dana 44 but i think its got the 1/4" walls on it and if am going to spend the time in doing it i think i would want the 3/8". so i want to know if i could buy (if i could buy at all) the 3/8" the put the in the houseing and the knucks. or would should i just find a 1977 dana 44 with the 3/8"??
where can i buy the tubes at??
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thats way to much time and $$ into a dana 44
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is a NEWBIE questions. but ill give you an answer.

Find an F-250 housing from the same era. 1/2" tubes, No cast shit all over it. the f-150 axles IMO are more trouble then they are worth. hell, a dana 44 swap is too. Tiny u joints, shafts, spindles, etc.
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well thanx for answering my new be ??? very helpful and everyone got to start as newbees so thanx for answering it
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there is a thread on Jeepin.net dedicated to this very topic.

Since I am feeling generous: http://www.jeepin.net/forum/showthread.php?t=38909

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Old 08-05-2009, 01:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The tubes from my '75 F100 D44 were 1/2" thick.



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They were never 1/4"

They should be 3/8 if from a coil spring truck.

They should be 1/2 if from a leaf spring truck.

Any good machine shop local to you should be able to order the tubing.
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They were never 1/4"

They should be 3/8 if from a coil spring truck.

They should be 1/2 if from a leaf spring truck.

Any good machine shop local to you should be able to order the tubing.
Oh, and mine was coil sprung
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The tubes from my '75 F100 D44 were 1/2" thick.



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Old 08-05-2009, 05:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=RCman;8221713]Mr. N did a great job writing up some D44 info on swaps:
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this is where i found everything
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They were never 1/4"

They should be 3/8 if from a coil spring truck.

They should be 1/2 if from a leaf spring truck.

Any good machine shop local to you should be able to order the tubing.
I thought the 78+ axles were 1/4'' while the pre78 were 1/2''.



Mine came out of a 74 F100 and it has 1/2'' tubes.
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ok boys and girls got myself a 1977 Ford Dana 44 now got to find out how to cut it down to fit under my XJ. more search for me any one want to help
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ok boys and girls got myself a 1977 Ford Dana 44 now got to find out how to cut it down to fit under my XJ. more search for me any one want to help
ok. now this really doesnt belong here.


search search search. google search. leave pirate.


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Cut the tubes how short you want. cut the welds were the c's are held on. knock the c's off. put them back on in the correct orientation, weld them on. real easy. dont need an alignment bar or nothing. set castor, bing bang bong.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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SO old its on JeepsUnlimited even :O

http://jeepsunlimited.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=392180
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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thanx alot i knew there was some nice ppl on pirate
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
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and if you lived closer..... i would have came over, cut it down and all for ya.

and installed in my rig
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:33 PM   #16 (permalink)
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For the time and money you will spend on the D44 you can have a stock 60. A few hundred more you can have a narrowed 60. I did the D44 thing and its working for me but I secretly wish I had gone with a 60 up front. WNC Custom Jeeps used to be up in your area and I know they used to do axle work.

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