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    Question Which is stronger?

    So I've been Hearing from guys that run a Ford 8.8 rear axle that they are stronger then Dana 44's. Now I'm looking to do an easy rear axle swap. The Ford 8.8, if you find them with, come with 4:10 gears, Disc brakes, and the it is super easy to put it under a cherokee. Plus its the same lug pattern as stock( 5 on 4 1/2"). What are the ups/downs of either axle. I'm currently unemployed so doing this on a budget is super important. I want/plan on spending around 300 bucks and thats cause i will have to regear my front Dana 30 to match the rearout of that money. Any links or input well help.

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    Do you have any fab skills at all?

    You can get the axle for 200-300. Since you have leafs, it'll be alot cheaper and easier than if you had springs. However, pretty sure you'll have to get the ZJ ebrake cables, rebuild the brakes, clean and reweld perches and the tubes on the axle, get some spacers, get the adapter yoke, among other little things I may have forgotten since my build.
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    Some.... my limits are the lack of a welder and garage. Which axle are you talking bout?
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    So just found some answers..... check this link out...


    http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/axle/xj_dana44_02/

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    He was talking about the 8.8

    8.8 is stronger than a D44, but not by much, if it's the budget you're looking at, price an 8.8 plus all the items to make it work, do the same for the D44, since there are D44s in some XJs, you won't have all that fab work, but good luck finding one, and junkyards will usually charge you twice as much for a D44 than an 8.8, the 8.8 might be the better bet.

    cheaper D44s can be found from waggys, but they are wider and need some fab work to fit an XJ.... Since I am nowhere near an XJ expert I'm not so sure what is needed for either axle. I do know that all said and done an 8.8 was going to be cheaper to put in my TJ than a D44 (ones that come out of TJs are priced outrageously), but there more fabwork to do on a TJ since I needed spring buckets and the lot.

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    The U-pull-pay in the springs have tons of 8.8 for about $100, you can pick your flavor of brakes or gear ratios plus alot of them have LSD. There is guys her in the CS chapter that can help you with the welding and setup... Hit me up with a PM whenever you want....
    I had my 8.8 under my TJ for less than $500 thats counting the $240 for the brackets, XJ brackets are way cheaper....


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    Any D44 you pull out of a jeep made in the past 15 years is not going to be as strong as a waggy D44. Not worth the money imo.
    8.8's are quite a bit stronger than D44's.
    You'll pay the same for both axles at a junkyard... $100-$300.
    You won't complete this project for less than $500 if you do all the work/fabricating yourself.
    If you have to pay someone to set it up, you'll be looking at closer to $800-$1k.

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    and cant you grab a d30 front out of a 4 banger tj that would bolt right up and give you 4.10's, or do you have a 44 up front already?
    if you can find the 4banger front d30 in a pick and pull it would probly be cheaper swap then regear.
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    I got a D44 out of a '87 XJ (factory w/ tow package) with 3.54 gears for $300. 3.54 matched the front axle. It was a direct bolt in to the wife's '96 XJ. New U-bolts and shackle bolts were used. I upgraded the e-brake cable from passenger side TJ while at it.

    If can swing it, do the 8.8. All around it is better in the long run and has better availability of parts and you get disc brakes.
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    Warthog.... was that D44 limited slip?

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