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Old December 1st, 2016, 10:05
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Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

So I'm looking at options. I recently got a new 95 xj chassis in trade. I'm also going to be getting a HP front D44 with reid knuckles and 4.88 gears cromo axles. For those that don't know my current trail rid is D60 front and rear on 42's. So Don't say ditch the 44. I'm looking to put the 44 in the new project but am undecided on a rear axle. Undecided on tire size too either 35's or 37's. I don't want a 9" I ran one for a year and love the strength but hate the low pinion and don't have the cash for a true hi 9 either. I thought about an explorer 8.8 but wouldn't it need spacers to more closely match the front 44? I do not want that at all. I thought about a F150 8.8 too but would want c-clip eliminators. Not sure they exist though. Thoughts on a rear to match a HP44?
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Old December 1st, 2016, 12:05
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

The explorer 8.8 will be narrower and will also need adapters to match the bolt pattern of the front dana 44. Your front 44 should be around 65" wms-wms. The waggy 44 rear should be about the same width as your front. Im sure you could get new shafts for it to match bolt pattern of the front axle. Im kinda in same delima as you with a 9" rear but still being low pinion. Im just putting a pinion guard on mine and hoping for the best.
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Old December 1st, 2016, 12:13
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

As stated, a D44 from a waggy would be about the same with. I know they make multi-lug pattern shafts for an XJ D44 so I'd assume they make them for a waggy width as well. I know that at one point a couple different companies made C-clip eliminators for 8.8s but haven't seen any in quite some time so I don't know if they are still produced or not. I do know that if they are still made, they add some width to the axle so an explorer 8.8 may a good starting width.

Edit: Looks like Yukon still makes the Super 88 kit which is the C-clip eliminator kit. Summit has it for just under $600 and includes everything needed.
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Old December 1st, 2016, 12:25
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

Is the 44 a full width from F250? Knowing the width/lug pattern that you are or want to run would help, But below is what I am/was running.

My set up: HP 44 narrowed to waggy width, I am/was running chevy 1/2 outers with high steer. Doing so gave me the 6 lug pattern to match a waggy 44 rear that I used to have.

I ditched the waggy rear 44, for a narrowed 60 with solid 6 lug hubs. But there are many options for the 6 lug pattern depending on the width of the axle or what the width will be.

One beauty of the 44 front is the option for the diff lug patterns, 5x5.5, 6 x 5.5, or 8 x 6.5..

No matter what width you run there will be a good option to match the rear.
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Old December 1st, 2016, 12:47
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

with good shafts, i dont see the issue with C-clips.

options are endless... D44, 8.8, 9, D60... i personally prefer 9s. the truck 8.8 wouldnt be a bad choice. D60-ISUs are cheap. maybe look into a JK44 depending on WMS? they seem to pop up in my area semi frequently. shafts should be click and buy with what ever bolt pattern.
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Old December 2nd, 2016, 12:10
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

35 spline semifloat 60 near you.

http://columbia.craigslist.org/pts/5897918228.html


Its machined for the wrong bolt patterns, but you could pickup some aftermarket shafts for it pretty easy to get whatever pattern you wanted.
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Old December 2nd, 2016, 13:55
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35 spline semifloat 60 near you.

http://columbia.craigslist.org/pts/5897918228.html


Its machined for the wrong bolt patterns, but you could pickup some aftermarket shafts for it pretty easy to get whatever pattern you wanted.
Thanks for that heads up. I'm not too familiar with that 60. I called him though and he's willing to keep the 4.10 r and p and sell it for $400.00. I've been researching and stumbled across a couple applications I'm considering. One being the 8.8 in the Expedition, and the other being the 9.75 in the F150. Both of them are supposed to have disk brakes too.
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

I don't really know much about that particular 60 either, but assuming it uses a standard dana 60 carrier, its going to be cheaper and easier to build than the other options.
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

Good info here on 60 vs 61.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/jeep-...a-60-e350.html
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

A sf e350 d60 will have the smooth bottom and able to put 35spline shafts with no mods. 8x6.5 and discs
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

are you narrowing the 44? if so my choice would be a the narowed hp 44 with the 5.5 chevy(?) knuckle/hub swap and a explorer 8.8 with c-clip eliminators( they come dual drilled chromo shafts, and add about 1.5" to the width
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are you narrowing the 44? if so my choice would be a the narowed hp 44 with the 5.5 chevy(?) knuckle/hub swap and a explorer 8.8 with c-clip eliminators( they come dual drilled chromo shafts, and add about 1.5" to the width
No it will stay. IDK if it will go in the new project or not. Funny twist. The axle shafts and joints in axle are the same I bought in 06 for my current D44 at that time from Yukon. So this axle has Yukon cromo and yukon joints. I ran it with my 203/205 and 36 IROK's fairly successfully. Until I grenaded the 9" pinion. This axle is kind of a whore...... I'm just trying to figure out IF I do run this one what do I need to look for.
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

What about using flat top Chevy 6 lug knuckles and a rear 8" toyota rear out of a T100? The 8" will laugh at 35's or 37's and be cheap.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 08:04
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What about using flat top Chevy 6 lug knuckles and a rear 8" toyota rear out of a T100? The 8" will laugh at 35's or 37's and be cheap.
This was suggested by a friend but I'd like to not have to redo the entire front to make it match the rear.......... I mean it's got a reid knuckle I need to put on it and its drilled and tapped on the other side. Just researching options until after the holidays. I want to run this axle with 35's but I think it will be geared too deep at 4.88.
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Re: Rear Axle options with a fron HP Ford 44.

I am putting a C&C 14B in the rear with a HP44 front, yeah its wide but hey all for fun.
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