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Old 11-19-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default FYI isuzu rodeo / dana 44 rearend bolts in!

hey guys i just want to let the community know that i just bolted in a stock 95 isuzu rodeo rear axle with dana 44 center section in to my 97 nissan hardbody.

i know that i have caused misinformation in the community regarding short shifters for 240sx's by buying a b&m short shifter and realizing it didnt bolt in but forgettting to post that fact. this time i am certain that this works because it is in my truck as of this writing. i hope this helps people that want disk brakes and a myriad of gear ratio and differential options.

the only change that had to be done to the axle was opening up the 1/2 centering pin holes on the spring perch to the stock 5/8

the axle wms to wms is 57.5" the stock hb 2wd axle is 58"

the pinion angle is the same as the stock axle, exactly 10 degrees

i got a 1310 ujoint style yoke to eliminate the weird isuzu output flange. i also had to get a 2 inch longer driveshaft. if you had the isuzu driveshaft, you could potentially connect our stock driveshaft although i am not sure of that.

the axle has disk brakes w drum e brake and stock comes with either 4:10 gears or 4:30 gears. i swapped the gearset for the stock 3.54 ratio our trucks typically come with stock.
some come with a stock mopar style clutch type limited slip. that what i am running. when it eventually wears out i am swapping in a new auburn diff for under 400 bucks
more info and pics to follow....

UPDATE - YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A 93-95 RODEO REAR AXLE AND TRY TO GET THE FLANGE AND THE END OF THE ISUZU DRIVESHAFT. IF YOU GET A 96 UP REAR AXLE IT IS WIDER AND THERE MAY BE OTHER DIFFERENCES, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.

the forums are a lil quiet but you can still search this thread and others for answers

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Old 11-19-2012, 12:40 PM   #2
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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1st generation 2nd generation
model year(s) 93-97 Rodeo <--------------thats the bolt in one, 57.5 inch wide
(with the 3.2L Isuzu engine)
98+ Rodeo, Amigo, Rodeo Sport <-----------not the bolt in one
width 59.75 wms to wms
63” wms to wms

configuration leaf coil
axle tube diameter
axle tube thickness
axle shaft diameter
spline count 30-spline 30-spline
ring gear standard THICK D44 ring gear
pinion standard D44 pinion Larger diameter pinion shaft requiring a different ID on the pinion bearing... or a different bearing.
brakes
6cyl - disc
4cyl - drum

4x4 - disc
4x2 - drum

ABS Single ABS sensor on pumpkin or two in the tubes.
ABS tone ring on carrier

factory gear ratios 4.10 - 15" standard wheels
4.30 - 16" optional wheels
4.56 - 4cyl
4x2 : 3.73 (98-99), 4.10, 4.30, 4.56, 4.78
4x4 : 4.10 (98-03), 4.30

aftermarket gear ratios any commonly available D44 ratio
factory differentials THICK ring gear on a LOW (3.73-) carrier
G80 option code - LSD
98 (possibly 99) LSD was optional. 00+ all had mandatory LSD. G80 option code does not apply to 2nd gen.
aftermarket differentials LockRight 2410 - open carrier No-Slip - Tracloc carrier
notes A few have reported needing to use one of the OEM pinion bearings to set up the pinion due to the ID of the housing
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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very nice i have one sitting at my house and was going to try setting it in because it looks so damn close! good to know now!
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:41 PM   #5
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What did you do about the brake proportioning valve? Would you even need 1? I'm definitely looking for something with a limited slip a positraction rear in it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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That's a pretty big deal. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:28 AM   #7
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What did you do about the brake proportioning valve? Would you even need 1? I'm definitely looking for something with a limited slip a positraction rear in it.
im getting rid of the stock proportioning valves and putting in a wilwood.

if you want you can just connect the stock brake connection and make a bracket for the load sensitive stock proportioning valve.
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Very nice!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:42 PM   #9
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Wanna know more about this swap can u pm me all the info
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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Sup, all the info you need is posted above. Whats ur question?
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