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Old 04-08-2013, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ford HP Dana 44 ???

Just picked up a HP Dana 44 from a 76 ford f 100. Planing on putting it under my 89 yj SOA Ford 8.8 rear. Want to keep the ford lug pattern. Just want to get every ones opinion on what parts to mix and match ro make it happen. Any other problems i might run into doing this swap?
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yukon super 8.8 kit if it's an explorer rear.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Might want to check the year on that d44. If I remember right, 76' ford d44 were not high pinion. The d44hp started in 78'.
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Might want to check the year on that d44. If I remember right, 76' ford d44 were not high pinion. The d44hp started in 78'.
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You didn't actually mention it, but I am assuming your 8.8 is an explorer rear end with 5 on 4.5"?

What was your plan to overcome the width difference between the D44 front and an Explorer 8.8 (if that is what you have)?

I believe '76 F100 is still the undesirable passenger axle tube configuration. IIRC, 75 and down were the welded on wedges for the radius arms w/ one piece tube on passenger side. Which is why almost every TJ HP 44 I have made started as the 78-9 F-250 front end.

Clayton's brackets are really nice when you are shopping for those.
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^x2, unless you use an 80-96 bronco/f150 8.8 I believe you have yourself a 5x5.5 front 5x4.5 rear (if explorer rear)
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I've seen 78 welded on f100 brackets. You really have to look close usually taking the springs off and scraping the dirt away to see what type of wedge is under the spring mount.
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^x2, unless you use an 80-96 bronco/f150 8.8 I believe you have yourself a 5x5.5 front 5x4.5 rear (if explorer rear)
Which would require custom axles such as Duchman Alloys or Super 8.8 semi-float kit to match bolt patterns...
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Get the rear axle from the same truck and go for it.
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44 is HP and does have weld on mounts. As for the bolt patter prob just gonna get some wheel spacers that adapt it to the 5 on 5.5 to match front
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44 is HP and does have weld on mounts. As for the bolt patter prob just gonna get some wheel spacers that adapt it to the 5 on 5.5 to match front
Or get an f150 8.8 and swap your parts over
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