Dana introduces off-road 44 front axle

Dana introduces rugged 44 front axle

Dana Holding Corp. has introduced the Dana 44 front axle to its Crate Axle program. The new offering delivers extreme performance for a variety of applications, including off-road vehicles, forklifts, pickup trucks, pushback tugs, rock crawler buggys and small mining shovels, according to Dana.

“The overwhelming market reception of the Ultimate Dana 44 axle—a new bolt-in axle for the Jeep Wrangler introduced at last fall’s SEMA show—has created a demand for the same durable axle in other applications,” said Doug Wolma, vice president and general manager, Dana Aftermarket Group. “Now, through Dana’s Crate Axle program, off-road vehicle owners can directly order Dana 44 front axles, which can be customized to fit a wide variety of vehicles and meet the most challenging operational demands.”

Among the features and benefits of the Dana 44, as described by the company, are:

  • Increase axle tube thickness to 5/16-in. for improved strength, rigidity, and durability;
  • Spicer nickel chromoly axle shafts designed for optimal strength and performance;
  • Spicer Life Series (also known as SPL) 1350 u-joints with triple-lip seals and full-circle clips for protection and retention;
  • Choice of selectable locking electronic or open differential;
  • Spicer gearing with expanded aftermarket gear ratios: 3.73, 4.10, 4.56, 4.88, 5.13, and 5.38;
  • Pinion angle optimized for lifted vehicles; and
  • An increased gross axle weight rating.

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