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Couple questions for the dana 44 guys?????

I have been doing a decent amount or research on the eb dana 44s. The ones i have can get for pretty cheap all have drum brakes. I have heard that a dana 44 is a dana 44.

so will the knuckles out of a ttb f150 work on an eb dana 44 so i can convert to disc brakes? if not

what years would i need the knuckles off of so i could have disc brakes on the front?
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You thinking SAS?
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Start poking around here, there is alot of info that you can get from it

http://broncograveyard.com/
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the 76 and 77 models do but the 76 and older dana 44s have drum brakes on the front
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First off... you do realize that if all you do is swap in a stock EB D-44 in place of the D-35 you're going to end up with a weaker axle assembly?

The D-35 has 297x u-joint's the EB d-44 has smaller 260x u-joints. You'll need to replace the axle shafts in order to swap to a larger u-joint... but that's not your question... just letting you know.

secondly, 71-75 Ford Bronco's have drum front brakes. 76-77 Ford Bronco's have 11-inch disc brakes. you can convert it to disc brakes.... you'll need to find a 78-79 Ford Bronco or a 73-79 Ford F-150 and get the following parts:

Steering knuckle
Brake backing plate
Caliper holder (Haynes calls this the Anchor plate)
Spindle
Wheel bearing locking nut, lock ring washer and wheel bearing adjusting nut
Caliper support key and spring
Rotor (use as a core for a new one)
Locking Hubs

Basically, you'll be needing everything from the knuckles out. just replace your existing parts with these new ones...
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First off... you do realize that if all you do is swap in a stock EB D-44 in place of the D-35 you're going to end up with a weaker axle assembly?

The D-35 has 297x u-joint's the EB d-44 has smaller 260x u-joints. You'll need to replace the axle shafts in order to swap to a larger u-joint... but that's not your question... just letting you know.

secondly, 71-75 Ford Bronco's have drum front brakes. 76-77 Ford Bronco's have 11-inch disc brakes. you can convert it to disc brakes.... you'll need to find a 78-79 Ford Bronco or a 73-79 Ford F-150 and get the following parts:

Steering knuckle
Brake backing plate
Caliper holder (Haynes calls this the Anchor plate)
Spindle
Wheel bearing locking nut, lock ring washer and wheel bearing adjusting nut
Caliper support key and spring
Rotor (use as a core for a new one)
Locking Hubs

Basically, you'll be needing everything from the knuckles out. just replace your existing parts with these new ones...
alright thanks man and yes i know the stock shafts are weaker but chrome moly shafts with solid u joints will be much stronger. i was hoping i could use the never stuff off the ttb but i guess it wont work but thanks for the vehicles that i need to find the parts off of i wasnt sure on that part.

Thanks again
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what in the hell is a chrome moly shaft?
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That is a set of chrome moly axle shafts
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what in the hell is a chrome moly shaft?
super strong metal shaft.....at least compared to a stock axle shaft
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i dont like EB d44s for the sole reason they're low pinion. Thats one thing keeping me from doing a passenger side d60.

just wait and find a deal. what do you mean by the "cheap" ones have drum brakes? (price wise)

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^^ yeah i want an eb 44 because i want to stay narrow with out have to cut up and axle and order custom shafts. i can get one for probably 50 bucks
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then put easily $200 into it swapping it over to disc brakes..

and to add to your list you may need different stub shafts to cope with your bastardized axle.
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Dude, its not a big deal. Go for it. You will need to get your rear axles re-drilled for 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern and you will have to get different wheels.
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^^^ thanks man i will probably just run adapters on the front. but i dont have a grand to drop into the axle right now lol
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its pretty easy to drop a grand on an axle if your not careful.. especially once you factor in steering.
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That doesnt include the steering or dom tubing or jonny joints.

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also need the price of
Axle
locker
disc brake conversion parts
new hubs
and w.e else anyone wants to add to the list


Matt can you explain some more about the stub shafts???
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