WHY A DANA 44?
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.