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Axle - Dana 44 Specifications
 
 
Dana 44 - Axle 
Ring Gear Size:
8.5"
Axle Splines Available: 10, 19, 27, 30
Gears Ratios Available: 2.72, 3.07, 3.31, 3.42, 3.54, 3.73, 4.09, 4.10, 4.55, 4.89, 5.13, 5.38, 5.89
Reverse Cut Ratios: 3.07, 3.50, 3.54, 3.73, 4.09, 4.56, 4.88, 5.13, 5.38
Locker Options: Powr Lok, Detroit, ARB, Lock-Right, Trac Lock, TrueTrac, Auburn
Cases/Carriers:
  • 19 SP 3.73 & Down
  • 19 SP 3.92 & Up
  • 30 SP 3.73 & Down Standard
  • 30 SP 3.92 & Up Standard
  • 30 SP 3.73 & Down Trac Lok
  • 30 SP 3.92 & Up Trac Lok
- Lowest point is 5 1/4" from centerline of the axle
- pinion rides on two bearings
- D44s are available in high-pinion versions
 

Dana 44 Front Axle

- Two size U-joints, one has a larger cup and was used primarily in 3/4 ton trucks


Where to get them from:
- Dodge, Ford, GM, International, and Jeep

Front 44's from Jeeps:

This Dana 44s used in the front of Jeep Wagoneers, Cherokees, and J-series pickups came were closed knuckle until the early 70s. Only normal cut Dana 44s have been used in Jeeps.

Model/Version
Spring Pads
Wheel to Wheel
 Years
Dana 44/SJ Narrow Track
n/a
58"
'??-'81
Dana 44/SJ Wide Track
n/a
n/a
'82-'91
Dana 44/J Pickup Narrow Track
n/a
n/a
'??-'81
Dana 44/J Pickup Wide Track
n/a
n/a
'82-'87

Dana 44 Rear Axle

Where to get them from:
- Dodge, Ford, GM, International, and Jeep

Jeep CJ
- Before 1972 all CJ Dana 44s had an offset differential since the Dana 18 transfer case has the rear output shaft offset to the passenger side. Before mid 1970, they used a 19 spline or 27 spline, two piece axle shaft. After mid 1970, they used a superior 30 spline flanged axle shaft.


- The Dana 44 was introduced in the CJ line on the CJ-3A starting with serial number #37549 (late '50). Earlier CJ-2As and CJ3As did not use the Dana 44. Starting in 1972, the Dana 20 transfer case was used which has the rear output shaft centered, so the rear axle has the differential in the center. From 1972-1975 the Dana 44 was used with a 30 spline flanged axle shaft. This Dana 44 uses 11" drum brakes and the most common ratio is 3.73.


- After '76, the AMC 20 was the the only axle used in CJs with two exceptions. Some CJ-7s with the Borg-Warner Quadra-Trac transfer case came with a 30 spline, one piece shaft, offset, narrow track Dana 44. The other exception is in 1986, when CJ production was coming to a close AMC 20s were in short supply, so they used wide track Dana 44s in some of the '86 models. Bolt on compatible with any '76-'86 CJ, but wider than earlier narrow tack AMC 20s. Use of the Dana 44 in 1986 began somewhere between serial numbers ending with 049379 and 054173. The axles were flanged, but I'm not sure of the spline count. Common ratios were 2.73 and 3.31.
- All CJ Dana 44s use a 5 on 5.5" wheel bolt pattern.


XJ and MJ Dana 44
The XJ and MJ are/were available with a Dana 44 with the heavy duty towing option or metric ton option. I'm not sure if the XJ always came with a Dana 44 when the towing option was ordered. The axles will interchange between the models and use a 5 on 4.5" wheel bolt pattern. This axle could also be a good low buck swap for a Wrangler YJ, but the sping perches would need to be moved. The shafts are one piece and 30 spline.


ZJ Dana 44
The ZJ Dana 44 is the only Jeep Dana 44 with an aluminum differential housing. It is also a C-clip axle with one piece shafts and a 5 on 4.5" wheel bolt pattern. Because of the aluminum housing and C-clips, it is not really any more desirable than a Dana 35c. The shafts are 30 spline.


TJ Dana 44
One of the great things about the new TJ is it can be ordered with a Dana 44 rear. The Dana 44 in the TJ uses one piece shafts with a 5 on 4.5" wheel bolt pattern. Common ratios are 3.07 and 3.55.


Other Dana 44
The Dana 44 used in the military M38, M38A1, M170, Willys Wagon, and Willys Pickup was the same was the version used in the CJ vehicles during that time period. Willys Pickup and FC trucks had a couple others optional rear axles used with models with higher GVW. The Dana 44 was the light weight model for the Willys Pickup and FC trucks. All these Dana 44s use a 5 on 5.5" wheel bolt pattern.

The Dana 44 was standard in Wagoneers, full size Cherokees, and J series pickups. A wide track version was introduced for the Cherokee and Wagoneer in the 80s. The Cherokees and Wagoneers built from 1974 on use a 6 on 5.5" wheel bolt pattern. Models built before 1974 used a 5 on 5.5" wheel bolt pattern. Most rear ends before '74 use the weaker 2 piece shafts, but some of the later ones uses 1 piece shafts. The early Wagoneer and Cherokees used Dana 30 and Dana 27 front ends.

The Dana 44 used in the '72-'73 Jeepster Commandos with the one piece shafts is an excellent low buck swap from '76-'86 CJs. It bolts right on, has 30 spline one piece shafts, and is narrow track width.

Dana 44 rear axle from 50s Willys Wagon. This Dana 44 uses 10 spline, two piece shafts. You can see the caps on the end of the shafts for the nut. It is much wider and uses wider spring perches than the CJ Dana 44.

Center differential rear Dana 44 from '72-'73 Commando. This version also has one piece 30 spline shafts and both shafts are the same length.

Model/Version
Spring Pads
Wheel to Wheel
 Years
Dana 44/CJ Narrow Track
28"
50.5"
'50-'75
Dana 44/M38
28"
50.5"
'50-'55
Dana 44/M38A1
28"
50.5"
'50-'55
Dana 44/Willys Wagon
n/a
n/a
'50-'65
Dana 44/Willys Pickup
n/a
n/a
'50-'65
Dana 44/M170
28"
50.5"
'50-'6?
Dana 44/FC Truck
n/a
n/a
'57-'65
Dana 44/SJ Narrow Track
n/a
59"
'62-'81
Dana 44/Jeepster Commando
36"
50.5"
'62-'73
Dana 44/J Pickup Narrow Track
NA
n/a
'63-'81
Dana 44/J Pickup Wide Track
NA
n/a
'82-'87
Dana 44/SJ Wide Track
NA
n/a
'82-'91
Dana 44/CJ Wide Track
36"
54.5"
'86
Dana 44/XJ
NA
n/a
'84-
Dana 44/MJ
NA
n/a
'85-'92
Dana 44/ZJ
NA
n/a
'95-
Dana 44/TJ
NA
60"
'97-

 

Assembly Specifications
Cover Bolt Ft. Lbs. 30-40
Pinion Brg. Preload In. Lbs 20-40
Pinion Nut Ft. Lbs. 200-220
Ring Gear Backlash 005-.008
Ring Gear Bolt to case Ft. Lbs. 45-60
Side Brg. Caps Ft. Lbs. 70-90

 

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