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Dana 44 decision
May 30, 2012
6:53 am
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huck271
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I'm looking to put some dana 44s under the "project" and I stumbled upon two options for the rear and I'm curious for input. I found a guy that has a d44 rubicon model with locker for 1500 or a Sahara model d44 no locker for 500.

To rebuild the Sahara axle with upgraded 35 spline shafts and an ARB locker is 1500 + 200 for gears. The rubicon would only need gears.

So what does everyone think?

$1700 rubicon electric locker d44 5.13 gears
$2200 Sahara ARB locker, chromoly shafts, d44 5.13 gears. Not to mention I need a compressor, but I was planning to get one anyway.

I think the ARB is better than the elocker and the upgraded shafts will hold up better if I get 37s. Decisions Decisions

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May 30, 2012
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The only input I can give is some advice given to me in one specific area ... out on the trail, should repair be needed, there are a lot more ARBs than eLockers. Also, there are a lot more internal parts/pieces in an eLocker than an ARB.

YMMV
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May 30, 2012
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I'm not sure what the spline is for a jk rubi but 35 spline axles with an arb would be nice. TJ rubi lockers aren't super strong. I'm not sure if it's the same for the jk rubi axle.

Um...what?

May 30, 2012
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Aren't gears going to be more than $200 bc that's just the R&P, then you have install kit? That number just looked low to me.

My friend Sean has the Rubi elockers and he said they aren't bad nor good. Sometimes not disengaging when wanton. He intends to swap in ARB at some point.

I would say just go straight in to use ARB. Are people buying the Rubi elockers? Just thinking if any resale value there of merit.

May 30, 2012
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In the end, I would rather have a D44 with chromo shafts and an ARB.
Although, I like Brad's suggestion of throwing your D60 under it and getting something bigger/stronger for yours.

I used to wheel a lot. . .

May 30, 2012
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Keep looking.

A rear Rubi for 1500 is a JOKE. I got 650 for mine - WITH an ARB cover AND 5.13 gears. Don't overpay because you're in a rush. I know you have time so just wait it out to save a 1000 or so.

You should be able to get a rear Rubi axle for about 750, and a rear sahara axle for about 500 with a limited slip. A rear D60 with ARB, better shafts and the gearing of your choice is 3200, so why would you spend over 2K and end up with a 44?

$2K for a front Rubi 44 is close to the mark. I got 2200 for mine and it had 5.13's, the C-reinforcement kit, an ARB cover and a Currie HD tierod.

I've seen matched sets of the axles go for $2K total. Also, 4-wheelparts pulls these off occasionally and will sell them for even less.

May 31, 2012
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I feel a little silly.. embarassed I was reading on the internet that some 2007 Sport models came with a Dana 44 and so I went out and actually looked at what my little white Jeep has and sure enough there is a Dana 44 in the rear. All this time I thought it would be a Dana 35. I will definately be going the "Super 44" route now. The kit comes with 35 spline upgraded axle shafts, ARB air locker, and all the shims, bearings. I just need an upgraded ring and pinion and we are having an install party! Anyone know how to rebuild an axle? Pizza on me!

Probably a new diff cover for giggles.

Huck

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May 31, 2012
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Much better! I don't do R&P work becuase I have no confidence I can properly set the backlash and will destroy my investment. I may watch someone else do it however!

May 31, 2012
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That's awesome Jason.

May 31, 2012
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Nice discovery Jason. Lucky you. More $ for other parts now!

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June 1, 2012
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Does the 35 spline kit come as Full Float? its always nice to be able to unbolt a cover and swap axles if one breaks... on that note i had Chrom alloys in my rubicon 44 runing 37"s for 2 years and never had a problem. unless u want to go bigger on the tires i think youll have a great setup with the 44's. Im also with Brad on the installing R&P gears, never done it but would love watch and learn...

June 1, 2012
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Just as an FYI...
I have talked to Dave at Northridge several times. He has told me, on several occasions, that guys running D44 rears and D30 or D44 fronts with Superior chromo shafts and CTMs have reported zero failures with up to 37" tires. He has never warrantied a set under these conditions.

The bigger problem is the thin wall of the axle tubes, although the JK might have remedied this???

I used to wheel a lot. . .

June 1, 2012
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"JohnDF" wrote: Just as an FYI...
I have talked to Dave at Northridge several times. He has told me, on several occasions, that guys running D44 rears and D30 or D44 fronts with Superior chromo shafts and CTMs have reported zero failures with up to 37" tires. He has never warrantied a set under these conditions.

The bigger problem is the thin wall of the axle tubes, although the JK might have remedied this???

This is good to know. I'm looking at 35s or 37s downstream at some point.
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