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Several variations of the Dana 44 have been used as the rear axle in
Featured Vehicles Jeeps, all of them use a 8.5" ring and pinion. The Dana 44s with the two
Project piece shafts are 19 spline or 27 spline and the versions wih the once
Resuscitation piece shafts are 30 spline.
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The R&P ratio ranges supported by the carriers are 2.87-3.73 and 3.92-
5.89. Not all ratios are available for all the variations of the Dana 44.
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Industry News CJ Dana 44


Product Releases
Before 1972 all CJ Dana 44s had an offset differential since the Dana 18
TECH ARCHIVE
transfer case has the rear output shaft offset to the passenger side. Before
The "Jeep Creep" mid 1970, they used a 19 spline or 27 spline, two piece axle shaft. After
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mid 1970, they used a superior 30 spline flanged axle shaft.
Axles/Lockers

Body/Other 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
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the Dana 44. Starting in 1972, the Dana 20 transfer case was used which
Engine/Tranny has the rear output shaft centered, so the rear axle has the differential in
Suspension the center. From 1972-1975 the Dana 44 was used with a 30 spline
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flanged axle shaft. This Dana 44 uses 11" drum brakes and the most
BOARDS common ratio is 3.73.
Short Wheelbase
After '76, the AMC 20 was the the only axle used in CJs
Mid Size with two exceptions. Some CJ-7s with the Borg-Warner
Full Size Quadra-Trac transfer case came with a 30 spline, one
Jeepster
piece shaft, offset, narrow track Dana 44. The other
exception is in 1986, when CJ production was coming
Liberty 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,

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but wider than earlier narrow tack AMC 20s. Use of the Dana 44 in 1986
Reader Rides began somewhere between serial numbers ending with 049379 and
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054173. The axles were flanged, but I'm not sure of the spline count.
Common ratios were 2.73 and 3.31.
Trail Reports

4x4 MODELS All CJ Dana 44s use a 5 on 5.5" wheel bolt pattern.
Short Wheelbase Offset differential rear Dana 44 from '70 1/2 - '71 CJ-
5. This version has one piece 30 spline shafts.
XJ Cherokee

Grand Cherokee Center differential rear Dana 44 from '72-'75 CJ-5.


Full Size

Vintage XJ and MJ Dana 44 MARKETPLACE


WHAT'S NEW
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
What brand of The ZJ Dana 44 is the only Jeep Dana 44 with an aluminum differential
satellite radio housing. It is also a C-clip axle with one piece shafts and a 5 on 4.5"
are you wheel bolt pattern. Because of the aluminum housing and C-clips, it is
listening to? not really any more desirable than a Dana 35c. The shafts are 30 spline.
XM 36%
Sirius 38% TJ Dana 44
Still
checking 6% One of the great things about the new TJ is it can be ordered with a Dana
it out 44 rear. The Dana 44 in the TJ uses one piece shafts with a 5 on 4.5"
Not sure wheel bolt pattern. Common ratios are 3.07 and 3.55.
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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

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early Wagoneer and Cherokees used Dana 30 and Dana 27 front ends. Ads by Goooooogle

The Dana 44 used in the '72-'73 Jeepster Commandos with the one piece The Official Jeep
shafts is an excellent low buck swap from '76-'86 CJs. It bolts right on, Site
has 30 spline one piece shafts, and is narrow track width. Build & Price Your
Jeep Wrangler.
Dana 44 rear axle from 50s Willys Wagon. This Dana Find Local Dealers,
44 uses 10 spline, two piece shafts. You can see the Buy Gear & More
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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 Jeep Wrangler
Commando. This version also has one piece 30 spline Parts
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