talk about general wheeling tech(i.e wheels, axles,tires also for tech articals )
By pineappletuna
#12936
I wouldn't worry to much about stock gears with 35s and a 2.5 w/ auto but the high pinion will allow for more droop and will keep the driveline up away from the rocks
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By axleater
#12937
you do gain a little bit with the janz kit but if you do something spectacular enough to break a pinion on a stock dana 44 then chances are you will also break the jk stuff.

if you want to be really cool I know a guy that can put dana 50 gears in high pinion dana 44 housings. :-o

once again probably not worth it for a 4cyl jeep with 35" tires.

The janz kit is neat and if you don't mind spending a few hundred more dollars to put in gears then go for it!

I kind of suck a driving so high pinion for me really saves on rear driveshaft replacement costs
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By axleater
#12938
good luck on that wagoneer dana 44 rear that is centered up. that is one tough little fella to find. Scout rears are easy to find but a little bit skinny and the wrong bolt pattern.
By Rick
#12939
I just want something that will hold up to a bit of skinny pedal, granted not alot with 4 squirrels, but I may do a V8 swap later on. My biggest thing is full width or chop it down to Wagoneer width, 62-63"s wide?
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By axleater
#12940
Nothing cheap holds up to peeling out when trying to rockcrawl! Spidertrax is always a good uption for that!
By Rick
#12942
Just going to keep the 4 squirrels for now. Swap trans and a few other parts and have fun.
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By axleater
#12943
Excellent idea!
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By Weasel
#12944
axleater wrote:you do gain a little bit with the janz kit but if you do something spectacular enough to break a pinion on a stock dana 44 then chances are you will also break the jk stuff.

if you want to be really cool I know a guy that can put dana 50 gears in high pinion dana 44 housings. :-o

once again probably not worth it for a 4cyl jeep with 35" tires.

The janz kit is neat and if you don't mind spending a few hundred more dollars to put in gears then go for it!

I kind of suck a driving so high pinion for me really saves on rear driveshaft replacement costs
The JK pinion is bigger then a D50.
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By axleater
#12945
but the dana 50 is high pinion making it stronger in the front and cooler in the rear! Plus, historically speaking, most people haven't had a problem with breaking pinion shafts and the ring gear is actually slightly larger.

JK stuff is still kind of neat, but not as neat as a 44/50/60 MaXle.
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