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IF it is U-shaped instead of straight lol...

Not much you can tell if it has been there for awhile. Really wet around the housing could mean some bad seals and what not but those are easily replaced. Best bet is to get a 30 day warranty with it most JY will offer them for a small price. You could pop the cover off to inspect it before buying it that may help pretty easy task plus you can get a good look at the oil and see if there is any metal shaving in it. Even rust on them is easily taken off and painted.

Good luck.
 

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popping it open wouldnt be a bad thing if you find more than one to match up to you gear ratio.
 

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Don't be to shocked it you find them with 4.10 gears also, seeing as alot of the XJ's that got the D44's also had tow packages. And in many of them they got 4.10 gears. I've also see 3 XJ D44's with factory 4.56's in them, they were 4cyl. with tow package. So there are many gear options out there...
 

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A friend of mine got luckey and found one with 4.56s in it lucky him sence he was running 35" tires
 

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Don't be to shocked it you find them with 4.10 gears also, seeing as alot of the XJ's that got the D44's also had tow packages. And in many of them they got 4.10 gears. I've also see 3 XJ D44's with factory 4.56's in them, they were 4cyl. with tow package. So there are many gear options out there...
I realize there are many options but majority will be 3.55

But heck if if found one with 4.10's/4.56 I would be half way done with a regear.
 

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Look for a wet pinion seal area too Kyle. The seal that is on them is pretty suseptable to wear and leaking.
I think I will probably replace the seals before I put them under the jeep anyways but I am unsure.
 

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have you look into a ford 8.8?....

anyway good luck with the 44 hunt...my friend just sold one in miami 600$ 4.56s arb lockers and crhomoly....:brickwall:
 

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44>8.8.. at least until you get a super 8.8 kit.

kyle your in cali, everything isnt rusted to hell youre lucky.

check the brakes, parts for them can add up quick.. or just swap in discs. when you gear you replace just about all of the seals/bearings anyway, cept i would get new axle bearings pressed on regardless of the condition theyre in from the JY.
 

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too bad your so far away and I wont ship. :( I have a D44 from a 87 and it is complete. I am going full width and wont need it.
 

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44>8.8.. at least until you get a super 8.8 kit.

kyle your in cali, everything isnt rusted to hell youre lucky.

check the brakes, parts for them can add up quick.. or just swap in discs. when you gear you replace just about all of the seals/bearings anyway, cept i would get new axle bearings pressed on regardless of the condition theyre in from the JY.
Ya I know they can be found I just want to make sure I'm not going to dump a bunch of money into it.
 
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