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we've had a comanche for a couple months, no engine but trying to get one.
anywho, my dad went up to fn jeep in springs and was asking the guy there about the axles on a comanche and the guy told him if we had a dana 44 on ours then it's really rare because you don't see them around often. is this true? our comanche is a longbed '86 that had a 2.6 in it previously but had to be ripped out.
 

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we've had a comanche for a couple months, no engine but trying to get one.
anywho, my dad went up to fn jeep in springs and was asking the guy there about the axles on a comanche and the guy told him if we had a dana 44 on ours then it's really rare because you don't see them around often. is this true? our comanche is a longbed '86 that had a 2.6 in it previously but had to be ripped out.
It could be true, do you have a picture of the rear axle?
 

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The Commanches did have D44's in them, however, I doubt that they'd have the Dana 44 before the 1987 model year (same year that XJ's started to get D44's), and also because of the smaller engines. I think (keyword is "think") that the MJ's got the D44 rear on select models through 1992. This D44 is identical to that found in the '87-'89 XJ, except that it is setup for SUA.
 

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The D44's in an MJ were only in trucks equipped with the "metric ton" package from what I've read.All of them that I've looked at had a D35.
 

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yeah my dad thinks ours is a metric ton package too. sorry i don't have pics i haven't been to my dad's in awhile to see it
 

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I had the same problem for a while (my dad using my jeep lol) i feel so much better with him driving the 2500hd and my jeep being in the front yard.
 

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Yes. they could have had a Dana 44.... I happen to know a guy with one..(Me)...

But your story isn't going to end the same way...

In 1986 the rear axle in the Metric Tonne package was the Dana 20. When you look at the diff cover it will be perfectly round like half a bowling ball under there.

The version of the Dana 20 used in the Comanche is a darn good axle. Its a good strong axle and it has one piece axle shafts(curing the one real problem with the Dana 20)


BTW... it was a 2.8 not a 2.6. Stinky little GM piece of garbage that it was.. OR possibly a 2.5 Jeep 4-cyl.
 

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oh yeah haha my bad, i just haven't seen the truck in awhile to know what it is and i forget easily. i pay a little more attention to my cherokee since it gets driven everywhere. i'll call my dad tomorrow to find out or stop by his house to check it out and take a picture
 

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You could get a D44 without a metric ton package... But, 86 had the Eaton/AMC 20 rear. NOT a dana axle.
You are right.. Its an AMC 20 axle.. The Dana 20 is a transfer case that was available in CJ's.

You had to specifically order a D-44 outside of the Metric Tonne package. But that goes into the fact that AMC/Jeep was VERY open with their options, if you wanted to pay for it they would virtually any option to any Jeep.
 

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This is a pic of the d 44 in the back of the 89 comanche and I have one in the back of the 90 aswell. Neather of these trucks are the MT package. they put the d44 in alot of Comanches
Looks like that axle could use some TLC.

Alot of good info on this thread, I was never aware that the AMC 20 ever went into an MJ.
 

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Hey there,

Didn't know if the original poster had the 4 banger or not but there is a free one in the glenwood springs post independant (colorado). I saw that your post said you were in pueblo, didnlt know if that was colorado or not.

The engine supposedly has 88k original miles with bad lifters. Came out of an 86 model year. For free it might be ok to rebuild.

Gppd luck getting yours back on the road!

Merry Christmas:cheers:
 
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