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Dana 44

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by loudandproud, Feb 7, 2001.

  1. loudandproud

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    I was just wondering how much stronger a Dana 44 was than a stock 10 bolt front axel?? Are the Dana 44 hard to find?

    Thanks


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  2. Emmettology 101

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    Not much. Most say it is not worth the sawp unless you are getting better gears with the 44.

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  3. 6.2Blazer

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    Dana 44's do tend to be a little harder to find for GM's since they haven't been offered since around 1977 or so, while the 10-bolts have been used since '77-'78 clear through '87 on the pickups and '91 in Blazers and Suburbans.
    There is very little strength difference between the 44 and 10-bolt front axles. Stub shafts, u-joints, locking hubs, and ring & pinion gear size are all the same. The main difference is that most 10-bolts have slightly smaller 28-spline inner shafts versus the 44's 30-spline shafts, but both are necked down and will break at that location and any strength differences that do exist would be marginal. Some people do claim the axle tubes on the 44 are thicker and stronger, but that only comes into account if you are jumping the rig.
     

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