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DANA 44 gears

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SWOO, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. SWOO

    SWOO Registered Member

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    I'm trying to figure out if I can get a 3.42 in a Dana 44 front end.
    I was going through the books and I saw Dana goes from a 3.07 to a 3.73.
    Is there a way to get anything in there between the two gear ratio?
    I'd like to run a 3.42 with 33 tires cause I'm on the road a lot.
    Need info and a 12 bolt rear end to rebuild.
     
  2. mechted

    mechted 1 ton status Premium Member

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    according to http://www.ring-pinion.com/ there is no 3.42 option for D44s, sorry

    the driving difference between 3.42s and 3.73s is something like 300 rpm @ 65, so its really not worth the trouble... I would just get a set of 3.73s

    if you have an overdrive, you should probably go deeper
     
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    For an axle rebuild, just go on google, search it and you will find plent on what your looking for.
     
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  5. SWOO

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    I'm looking to get good Highway miles and speed.
    I've got a Sm 465 4 speed Manuel Trans with the "granny" gear.
    looking to run 33" tires. I had a 3.08 in my last blazer and it was great for the long drives cross country. But a dog in the woods.
    how's a 3.54 looking for highway
     
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    3.73 is still a fairly streetable, yet trail compliant gear, especially with a 465. I chose those gears for that reason. You would have to a large engine to make 3.42 and 3.08s work. What needs to be understood is that you wont have a good highway gear and then a good trail gear so if you took 3.08 plus 4.56 and divided be two you get 3.82 which would be the "compromise gear" and 3.73 is fairly close to that. thats not scientific, just my way of finding a good gear.
     
  7. goldwing2000

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    What do you have in the Dana right now? I've got a 10-bolt with 3.42s that I'll swap ya. :)
     
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  8. SWOO

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    Yeah but your in Michigen and I'm sitting on the beach in L.A.
    Is your 10 bolt end to end and what cost and who pays for freight?
     
  9. goldwing2000

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    I do have an end-to end 10-bolt. Maybe without lock hubs but otherwise complete. What gears are in your Dana?
     
  10. SWOO

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    I'm gonna rebuild the 10 bolt so it doesn't matter what gears are there!
    Does it still have the Knuckles and Spindles?
    How much would it cost to ship to L.A.?
     
  11. goldwing2000

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    You're missing my point. I'm asking what gears are in your Dana so I can figure out if I want it or not.

    At any rate... yes, the 10-bolt still has knuckles and spindles. The ball joints are shot but that's no surprise.

    Unless we're doing a swap, I'm sure you could find a 10-bolt a lot closer to you, though. Especially if you're already planning to rebuild it. They're not exactly rare. For the price you'd pay for shipping, you could get an entire axle from your local pick-a-part.
     
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    3.42s should be a decent highway with the 33s. I've run 33s & 4.10 with the 465 trans and its not highway friendly :crazy:. (3.73 can't be too much different)

    I'm working on running 33s (or bigger), 465 trans, and 3.23/3.21 ratio (10b/14bff). If I end up needing more gearing, it will be strictly a t-case issue. ;) I've found that buying housings with the correct gears is MUCH cheaper than having gears installed. You can usually find what you need locally if you are patient and thorough.
     

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