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Dana 44 question

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Bigmeats, Jan 6, 2001.

  1. Bigmeats

    Bigmeats 1/2 ton status

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    According to the specs section i am supose to have a Dana 44 front (1975 Blazer). How do i confirm this? Is it stamped some place so i can check?
    I notice that there a some still a lot of people offroading and still using 1/2 ton set up, Are these people happy with their set up or are they in the same boat as me ,LOW FUNDS!. I use my blazer as a daily driver, to plow snow, and am planning to do some off roading with it. Is the danna 44 gonna hold up to these tasks or should i be looking to upgrade. I have thought about the ORD crome molly up grade if things were to go south. I also plan to add more horsepower when the money tree starts to grow in the back yard. (Still have some magic seeds for sale if any on is interested!)[​IMG] Any advise or comments would be great!!!!!
    thanks

    Bigmeats

    Carl...75 Blazer...Manhattan IL
    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by bigmeats on 01/06/01 10:08 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  2. Bigmeats

    Bigmeats 1/2 ton status

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    Ok, figured out the rear end ID part. What about the rest


    Bigmeats

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  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Does your front look like this?
    [​IMG]

    Or like this?
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    The top is a 44 the lower is a 10 bolt.

    I have 35's and run a Dana 44, all I have broken is an outer u-joint. And it was old.[​IMG] I wheel fairly regularly and am planning on going to 37's soon (I hope....send seeds [​IMG]) I personally cannot afford a Dana 60, but I can afford to change the occasional u-joint [​IMG]
    I think the Dana 44 is a decent front diff that is capable of handling some abuse and larger tires, but the axles from ORD would be a great upgrade. I'm considering them myself.

    Rene

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Bigmeats

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    Thanks!!! SEEDS on the way[​IMG]

    Bigmeats

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  5. Burt4x4

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    Cool I want some seeds too[​IMG]
    Hey I think the D44 is a tuff axel, now I know the D60 is way tuffer but for a rig with small block and right around a 35" tire + or - a couple inches the D44 can do the job well! I plan on making a top mounted truss, Moly shafts with a Dana PowerLock on mine! Yes I will still carry Ujoints but that should be the sucide part if It needs to break! Oh ya gonna get me one of them tierod RockBars too.
    .02c

    72K5[​IMG]Led Zeppelin[​IMG]Rock ON![​IMG]
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.burt4x4.coloradok5.com>http://www.burt4x4.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  6. pcorssmit

    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    When I had my Dana 44 I broke:

    stub shafts
    short shafts
    long shafts
    bearings
    spindles
    spider gears
    hubs
    and more axle joints than I can count

    The ring and pinion went out about 6 months after I sold it.

    At the time I had 35's. I replaced the blown spiders with a (ch)EZ-Locker. The motor is a bone stock 350 TBI. I was constatly breaking parts and always nervous about using the throttle. I do a lot of rock crawling, but don't wheel with a very heavy right foot. I love the 60 I have now. No problems, even with the 39.5 TSLs. Gotta go.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), Dana 60/14 bolt, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     
  7. Butch

    Butch 1/2 ton status

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    Damn PC you are hard on parts. I have a 44 and run it with 35's and a limited slip. I have broken two long side axles and one U-joint on the short axle. I wheel in the rocks alot, but I take the idle approach with gearing at obsticles. I plan on keeping my 44 unless it becomes a problem in the future. Around here axle shafts are pretty cheap and dana 60's are not. So I would give the 44 a chance before deciding to give it up

    I thought I was wrong once,
    but I was mistaken
     
  8. pcorssmit

    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    I'm generally not that hard on the gas, part of my problem may be that I run 4.56 gears, and the 700R4 and 208 are geared lower than some of the other units. I ran the 44 for a long time until I finally found a 60 I could afford. Total cost including purchase, rebuilding the axle, and the Detroit was around $1500. 44 shafts go for around $25-30, and the joints are 20 (they're $50 for the 60, but I have yet to blow one). The 60 also allowed me to go to bigger tires, which I was afraid to do with the 44.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), Dana 60/14 bolt, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     

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