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I just picked up a D44 reverse cut out of a 78 bronco. It wasnt complete. Does anyone know the final width of this axle??. I want to put it in my YJ and not sure if I need or want to cut it down just yet. thanks

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Care-full the full size one is larger 64" and some have side chunks that you cant take off unles you retube. Ask BRIMY13
 

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if you want it to match the rear axle ya have you will need to cut it down. personally id get the 9 inch out of the same year bronco and run thoe 2. i ran 79 bronco axles in my yj for a few years and it was a great set up. i just went 1 ton in the yj and the 44 and 9 inch are going in the tj. i left them fullwidth, this way when ya snap a 44 shaft ya can get j yard replacements cheap, ya wont break the 9 inch though
 

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yep, i know from experence on that one, but now i have spare 44 parts and i got a dana 60 rear!! i have a 9" to match...i would sell it cheap <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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so it sounds as if once everything is on that they are definatly full width?. I wonder if it is worth re-tubing or not?
 

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I run a 79 Ford Bronco Dana 44 with the non-removable radius arm casts. If I were to do it again I wouldn't. I had to grind the perches down to fit over the cast and had to have perches TIG welded on. Then I welded a 1/4 plate onto the perch so the springs would sit on top of it. I sandwiched the springs between the perch plate and another plate using grade 8 bolts. U-bolts were not available unless I had them made. Otherwise the axle came out great.
 

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hey brim311,

what spare parts do you have?, I got the housing only. email me [email protected]

Also this front-end doesnt have the full length tubes it has a section on it that has the bumps on it. Doesnt look like I can grind them off very easy. May check into re-tubing it I guess. Any more thoughts from anyone?

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hey insayn,

sounds like you have the same front-end I just picked up. I also have the non-removable radius arm cast. Any spare parts, hubs, spindles?

How did you do you steering with that?
 

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i was going to grind the crap off and weld plates over the openings, but i found the f250 and now my plans are looking differnt <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

i was dreading the search for u-bolts and the grinding of spring perches.... <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0">
 

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Most of my leftover parts are already gone...Don't have too much room in the garage.
As for the steering I used a 78 Chevy Blazer's knuckles and had the passenger side machined flat. They were also drilled and tapped. I then used Sam's Offroad steering arm (can be found and made cheaper) to connect a Rockstomper drag link to a stock pitman arm that was drilled for Chevy rod ends. I used Rockstomper tie rods with Chevy rod ends at their stock location.
For brakes I retained the Chevy caliper brackets and calipers. I used the Chevy spindle off the 78 Blazer and a Ford Hub/Rotor and lockout for a 79 Ford Bronco. The brake line's brass fitting had to be drilled out to fit the larger banjo bolt. Fairly easy once you know what you need and assembly is a snap. I kept it all full width and love it. Good luck.
 

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Hey Brimy your stuff is in the mail. I tink yuo will like it. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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hey insayn,

do you have any pictures, went to your web site off the link in your profile but it didnt work.

Thanks for the input. I guess I need to decide once and for all whether I am going to go full width or not.

thxs
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Originally posted by BlueYJ:
<STRONG>hey insayn,

do you have any pictures, went to your web site off the link in your profile but it didnt work.

Thanks for the input. I guess I need to decide once and for all whether I am going to go full width or not.

thxs
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WQhats to decide Go full go home. <IMG SRC="smilies/eyemouth.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0">
 

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please get some pics.
i am looking in to buying a jeep for a trail rig and i have a 77 f150 sitting in my dads field i could steal axles out of!
 

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I'll try and have some pictures by tomorrow. I will post them here.
 

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thanks, Qbert!!!

hey you guys, check that BB page that Qbert posted...you can get pics of his setup, which is by far sweet!!

blueyj, emailed you back <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 

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i vote for full width! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0">
 

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Blue, I have the exact same '79 reverse cut under my TJ. I just cut the original tubes down to the length I needed. Then I turned them down to fit into TJ outers. This way I could retain my stock bolt pattern w/ no real loss in strength (both 297 u-joints). And, there are plenty of replacment outers for the 30 outers too. Easy and very effective.
 
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