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yes it will hold but bring spare shafts :cool2:
 

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The common consensus I found when searching prior to my build was that you were pretty well safe up to 35" with a stock D44. Any higher and you really ought to be thinking about alloy shafts. As was mentioned, fondness for the skinny pedal and driving style are major factors in the tire range you are talking for that axle.



PS.. Janster, I have a search button.:p
 

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Dana 44s never did cut it for my 4 liter YJ. I'm an old man and my foot is not heavy. Even the 35" Walmart tires took out the front u-joint, stub, and outer. On another occasion my left rear shaft broke at the end of the splines. You might do ok in mud and sand, but if I were upgrading to 38s, I'd be looking for axles that would have 35 splines. And a bigger ring and pinion that didn't deflect.:shaking:
 

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Auto or Manual??

I`ve seen d44 w/detroit 37"s and an auto w/4:1 last through some nasty stuff, and it's also broken at the inner splines 2 times...not bad for 2 years of on the throttle abuse. (up front d44)
 
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