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dana 44 ?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by im_2gr82h8, Jul 15, 2001.

  1. im_2gr82h8

    im_2gr82h8 Registered Member

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    I have a pre 1977 3/4 ton dana 44 (H.D.?) as my front axle while running 35's. I was wondering if there is really any difference between the pre '77 and after '77 44's? I know the brakes and bearings are different (I used to think it was an '78, oops) but is one stronger than the other. I had a guy at the local 4x4 shop go on and on about how the older dana that I had was much stronger and almost as good as a 60! I always thought a 44 was a 44, was a 44,was a 44, etc. Is he on crack, or is there really that big of a difference.
     
  2. mpascino

    mpascino 1/2 ton status

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    The only differences that I know of is differences in the wheel bearings and spindle sizes. I am not sure of the year. Other than that I am 90% sure they are the same. Under the usual circumstances, the wheel bearings are not what you need to worry about failing unless you have 4 big blocks straped to your hood. The other difference might be older 44's have the steering tie bar on top of the knuckles vs. the bottom, giving you a few more inches of clearance(good advantage if you see some rocks with your truck).

    You call that dirty!?
     

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