Jeep Axle Swaps: Front Dana 44
Photo courtesy Rick Boiros
Scout and Wagoneer front Dana 44s are good canidates for swapping into
a CJ, but shortening is required to maintain stock widths. These axles
can also be put in uncut by moving the spring perches outside of the
frame. An article below discusses doing this with Scout axles on a
If you are going to get axles cut, wide track CJs only need
the long side shortened. A narrow track CJ would need
both sides shortened to keep the stock width.
Pictured above is a Scout Dana 44 narrowed to narrow track
specifications on Rick's '77 CJ-7.
The Scout and Wagoneer Dana 44 front axles are close enough to the
proper width for Wrangler YJs. One spring perch needs to be moved
slightly on the Wagoneer front end. The difficulty with the YJ
is finding knuckles that allow full steering.
Front Dana 44 Swap Stories
Swapping a SJ Dana 44 into a YJ
How to swap a Cherokee/Wagoneer Dana 44 front axle into a Wrangler
YJ. This is probably the easiest Dana 44 front end to swap into
Scout Dana 44s under a YJ:
When evaluated as a hard-core off-road vehicle, the Jeep YJ is
often praised for its excellent fuel-injected motor and panned for
its weak axles and low, limited-articulation suspension. This
is nothing a spring over with Scout Dana 44s won't cure.
Wrangler Axle Swap and SOA
Chris Waterman tells us how he swapped an early Bronco Ford 9"
and Dana 44 into his Wrangler YJ. The transformation was enhanced
with a spring over axle lift at the same time.
DIY Dana 44 Front End for CJs:
John Nutter explains how he shortened a Dana 44 front end in his
CJ Scout Axle Swap:Scott Peterson swaps uncut Scout Dana 44s
under his CJ. The Scout Dana 44 swap is one of the easiest.
Uncut Front Dana 44 Sizes
The accuracy of the dimensions is not guaranteed, get out your tape
|Model/Version ||Spring Pads ||Wheel to Wheel|
|Dana 44/Scout II || ||58" |
|Dana 44/Narrow Track Wagoneer || ||58.4" |
|Dana 44/Wide Track Wagoneer || ||NA |
|Dana 44/Early Bronco || ||NA |
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