I took everyone's advice and cleaned that sucker good this weekend. I found 44-81 stamped on the lower part of the axle. So Dana 44 it is. I've purchase Mile marker hubs, spicer U joints, and timkin bearings and races for a complete rebuilt next weekend. I also ordered a bearing and race driver set. I am chomping on the bit to purchase one of the new cross over steering Knuckles from Offroad design. Let the fun begin!!!No mods, Just a new ARB cover and completely refurbished.
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The axles are essentially identical from the knuckles out but the 44 is commonly though to be stronger (especially by the guys who think they don't make things like they used to. It isn't necessarily stronger or weaker but it is more desireable for someone wanting to do a crossover steering setup.I hear the 10 bolt is almost a duplicate of the 44. Anyone know if the parts are interchangeable? I know the guts in the pumpkin aren't......just wondering about all the other external items....
I live in AZ so the country can be very rocky. I want to build a strong axle, yet not overkill. Thinking about chromoly shafts and Yukon u-joints....then I will leave it at that.I've only seen one D44 break under normal use and that was on a 2nd gen Dodge Ram truck with a CAD system.
That should do it. I've seen stock D30s survive plenty of abuse before snapping, and those are considered "weak" by many. A D44 with upgrades will probably outlast the truck it's under.I live in AZ so the country can be very rocky. I want to build a strong axle, yet not overkill. Thinking about chromoly shafts and Yukon u-joints....then I will leave it at that.