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Dana 44 HD, does anybody know about these?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by OrangeCrushK10, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. OrangeCrushK10

    OrangeCrushK10 1/2 ton status

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    It's an 8-lug front end off of a chevy. It has external hubs (I am assuming from the studs sticking out where the hubs should be) and I've been told it's a Dana 44.

    Now, I'd believe it's a D44 as it looks about the same size as my 10-bolt, but in all the pictures of the 8-lug D44 I can find they all have internal hubs! /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Can somebody help me out here and just give me some general info?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Older model D44's had the external hubs. I believe it is 1973 and older. This axle should also have the small axleshaft u-joint that a newer D44 and Corp 10bolt.
     
  3. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Early 3/4 ton D44HD's had the external hubs (76 and older, I believe). Their are some wheel bearing and axle tube size differences but for the most part it's the same as any other D44. They use the same carrier/r&p combo and axle shafts as the later 1/2 or 3/4 ton D44's.
     
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    jwduke 1/2 ton status

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    I think the tubes are thicker, but they have smaller-weaker bearings than later D44's
     
  5. bigblock44k5

    bigblock44k5 1/2 ton status

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    The wheel bearing locks are different as well. HD's use the 2 jamnuts with the holed spacer between, whereas regular 44's come with jamnuts that have teeth that interlock eachother.
     

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