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    Question Cherokee with Dana 44?

    I'm a Cj/Tj guy, but my son wants a Cherokee. We are wanting to get him a good starting point and wonder which year Cherokee came with a Dana 44 rear axle, 4.0 6 cyl. and an auto trans.. We heard it may be 1987-1990, but not sure. Were they only avail. with the towing option, or did ALL Cherokee models in those years come with them? Thanks !!

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    this link has a good bit of info on the axles offered on XJ's.

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    As far as I know only the XJ's with the towing package came with the 44, I have an 88 with a 35 in it.
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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    Around '87-'89 had the d44 rear axle option, but I would highly recommend the '96-'99 with the 8.25 rear axle. It was available in the tow package, also has a rear receiver and tranny cooler.

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    Most 87 XJ's with towing package had the Dana 44. I have an 88 XJ with towing package but had a Dana 35 which was junk from the factory. It now has the Dana 44.
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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    my 04 has Dana 44 in it

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    Quote Originally Posted by gjs14 View Post
    my 04 has Dana 44 in it
    He's talking XJ's made in the States.

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    if you can get ahold of a wagoneer like mine. the only difference that i have found betweena wagoneer and a cherokee ( correct me if im wrong anyone) is the Dana 44 rear axle. i have an 87 and the wagoneers are known for having the Dana 44 in the rear.

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    oh darn, how'd i forget the blasted headlights ;p.

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    buy whatever year you want i have a 44 for sale right now in the for sale section you can slap right in lol

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    Thanks for all the info. guys. Got a 44 thurs. night from a '01 TJ for $250. Can't beat that !

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    Did all 88 XJ's have the Dana 35 from the factory or was it just certain models (i.e. Pioneer, Laredo, base, etc)?

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    91 to 01 had ether dana 35 or the chrystler 8.25 which had less internal parts to get messed up,! Hence better rear end.

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    Quote Originally Posted by JeepGirl247 View Post
    Did all 88 XJ's have the Dana 35 from the factory or was it just certain models (i.e. Pioneer, Laredo, base, etc)?
    Some 88's with the tow package and tranny cooler came with a Dana 44. But mine didn't. But 87's came with the dana 44 with the towing package. Probably because the 88's were the last year for AMC production. My 88 now has a dana 44 rear differential out of a 87.
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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    Quote Originally Posted by lambo View Post
    91 to 01 had ether dana 35 or the chrystler 8.25 which had less internal parts to get messed up,! Hence better rear end.
    What internals does it not have? They are both c-clip and the 96 and earlier versions have smaller shafts than a 35 but the housing is stronger.

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    ok how do i tell if i have a 35 or the 8.25 in my 2000 xj
    if you cant hear it or see it, it is not broke

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    D35 has an oval cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnuck
    D35 has an oval cover.

    8.25 http://stores.hi-potek.com/catalog/P4130063(2).jpg (this one has a drain plug addded)
    Are you saying the picture with the black cover is an 8.25? Im also curious what diff i have in my 97 grand cherokee, i was sure it is the D35 but if your saying the 8.25 is the black one, then i have an 8.25.

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    Re: Cherokee with Dana 44?

    Your ZJ doesn't have an 8.25, wasn't an option. You either have a D35 or D44a, not to be confused with a D44. Some have an aluminum center section, c-clipped axles and almost no aftermarket support.

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