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Rear end swap and or motor swap

Old 03-09-2017, 02:40 AM
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Have my first jeep 1996 grand Cherokee limited 5.2L. And come to find out engine was locked up so I just happened to see a 1995 grand Cherokee 5.2L with bad rear end today so I bought it. What rear axle are common on 95 and 96 interchangble or no? I know I probably should have done more research before buying but will just swap motor if rearends can't be.

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As long as they are both the same model axle (D35 or D44a), they should be a bolt-in, as long as the ratio matches your FRONT axle. If not, you can swap the front axle as well.

I'm not sure which axle the early ZJ's had with the V8. Some had D35 and some had D44a. Either way, you can put a 44 in place of a 35 as long as you take the driveshaft too and visa-versa. The MOST IMPORTANT thing is both axles MUST be the same ratio. The D44a has an aluminum carrier case and is beefier than the D35.

As far as the engine is concerned, I think they are both the same except for possibly accessories. There were a lot of changes made around that time, but I'm not sure what was changed, if anything.

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As long as they are both the same model axle (D35 or D44a), they should be a bolt-in, as long as the ratio matches your FRONT axle. If not, you can swap the front axle as well.

I'm not sure which axle the early ZJ's had with the V8. Some had D35 and some had D44a. Either way, you can put a 44 in place of a 35 as long as you take the driveshaft too and visa-versa. The MOST IMPORTANT thing is both axles MUST be the same ratio. The D44a has an aluminum carrier case and is beefier than the D35.

As far as the engine is concerned, I think they are both the same except for possibly accessories. There were a lot of changes made around that time, but I'm not sure what was changed, if anything.
so essentially the motor swap should be just a bolt in and then itís all about changing the front and rear axle to the 44s to make it work? Iím sorry didnít really understand maybe I just confused myself
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