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feared100

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ok possible stupid question here… I am hopefully doing a solid axle swap soon. I am getting a dana 44 and possibly a 9 inch. as a set from a friend. Only thing isssss, the spider gears in the 9 inch are welded. So i wouldn't be able to drive on the road. Can I take out the welded spider gears and get a new 9inch gear carrier?

Also could I just buy the 44 from my friend and just use my 8.8? My jeep friends were saying the 8.8 isn't a full width unlike the dana 44 from a mid 70s bronco.

thanks in advance!
 
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I still say stick with the 8.8. Why else would Jeep guys be swapping them in their trucks? ;) Even stock the 8.8 (and even the 7.5's) are strong axles. If you're worried about durability the Super 8.8 chromoly kit is available.

Early Bronco's had a D44 in the front and 9" in the rear if I remember correctly. Jeeps had the D44 rears.
 
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are the 44 and the 8.8 the same width? I was told no lol
 
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Depends, what year is the D44 out of? Up to 77? is about the same width, 78 and newer is a full size Bronco, ~6" wider than your 8.8.
 
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its out of a 74 soooo i dnt need a new rear?!
 
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Nope, but it's not that easy. You'll need to change the lug pattern on thr 8.8 to match the d44.
 
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That's easily done by using wheel adapters or redrill the axle hubs and drums/rotors. I' have adapters I'll be using for mine to match the 6x5.5" Grand Wagoneer bolt pattern and width of the GW Dana 44.
 
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i looked up that super 8.8 from yukon lol. saw the price and said. eehhhh it can wait. nothing crazy on long island. but i bats was telling me that they make the chromoly shafts for around 200 instead of getting the super 8.8 kit.
 
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