Looking for a jeep width axle to swap into your TJ/XJ? The 1980-1981 and 1985-91 Jeep Wagoneer front Dana 44 is a popular option due to it’s width, driverside drop, factory disc brakes, many steering options, available locking hub options, and increased strength over the Dana 30 found in most TJs/XJs. Factory front suspension, 4 links, 3 links, or radius arm (“Y-links”) can be used along with this truss for a great front axle swap. This truss is laser cut from a combination of 1/4″ and 3/16″ steel. Included brackets are: lower control arm mounts, upper control arm mounts, and left/right spring/shock combo mounts (passenger side/right mount has built in panhard/trackbar mount for use with factory style/aftermarket TJ/XJ panhard bar.
A summary of the install guide can be found here.
We don’t recommend using 1982-1984 Axle housings unless you can confirm they are *not* equipped with the Vacuum Disconnect module.
Truss, upper control arm brackets, panhard and coil/shock combo brackets all feature locating tabs that interlock for easy self-jigging/assembly. No measuring required to set the upper control arm mounts properly in relation to each other!
Our machined coil correction plates and coil retainer’s are included! These prevent spring bowing (usually associated with the coil sitting on a flat surface) and retain the coil even under full extension of your suspension travel. These are weld on so you’re free to position them front to back as you please to best suite your configuration. The retainer plate is fastened through the coil correction plate – which comes pre tapped to 1/2″-13 – hardware included!
Lower control arm mounts will be placed 1.5″ wider then factory due to the axle’s center section geometry. We highly recommend using long arms/radius arms or adjustable lowers that will allow for a bit of misalignment. Wheel spacers or different wheels may be required to maintain turning radius without having tires rub on the lower control arms depending on your tire size/configuration.
Upper control arm mounts are placed a bit higher (due to the geometry of the larger Dana 44 center section vs the Dana 30 center section) in relationship to the axle tube. Adjustable upper control arms are highly recommended. This truss will work with most front “Y-link”/radius arms that have the upper control arm affixed to the lower control arm.
Welding should be done by a competent welder/shop. Some grinding may be required for best fit. Instructions for setting caster properly etc is e-mailed at the time of your order.
*Jeep Wagoneer swaps require use of 6 lug wheels with the factory hub/rotor assemblies and are not compatible with the factory TJ/XJ 5 on 4.5″ wheels*
*Front Truss+Accessories only; you will need to source an axle housing of your own* Upper control arm bushings will be required as well and we carry them here.
*PRODUCT SHIPS BARE METAL & UNWELDED*