WHY A DANA 44?

4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

YOU may be won­der­ing why Jarad choose an front axle from the USA when there are so many lo­cal op­tions avail­able. The first rea­son is due to the trans­fer case. Trans­fer cases are ei­ther left- or right-hand drop, mean­ing the front drive­shaft is lo­cated on the pas­sen­ger or driver side of the car. In most live-axle 4x4s in Aus­tralia the drive­shaft is right-hand drop, while in most late-model 4x4s the drive­shaft is left-hand drop. So they sim­ply won’t line up with­out ex­ten­sive mod­i­fi­ca­tions. How­ever, the Dana 44 was avail­able in right- or left-hand off­set to suit the trans­fer case drop.

The other ma­jor sell­ing point was en­gi­neer­ing. The Dana 44 un­der Jarad’s Triton is es­sen­tially the same spec as what was avail­able in late-model International Scouts, which came stan­dard with 35in tyres. This made it easy for the en­gi­neer to sign off on it all.

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