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    Quote Originally Posted by patracy View Post
    Do you have to stay with Dana/Chrysler parts? There's a strong aftermarket following for the Dana 44 axle. Everything can be had to rebuild your axle from the aftermarket.
    X2, very common
    https://www.ringpinion.com/b2c/DiffL...&DriveType=4WD

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    By the symptoms described, my guess is (x2) a brindled U-joint in the right drive shaft. The repair requires the removal of the hub and spindle, then slide the axle out. Not too bad a job. However I would point out that it's good practice to do both sides, and you may want to service the front axle complete while you have it down: new axle and pinion seals, service the hubs, brakes and knuckles.

    Do it once and do it right for your next 50 years of driving!

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    All out of the re-man units, have some used ones about.

    Axle shaft u-joints not the ring & pinion.
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    Hi Bob H,
    I need a new or totally rebuilt/re-manufactured front driveshaft for my M885. The auto stores are confusing the issue. I think it's a 3500 LB front axle they think because it measure 27 betweenn the two outside u-Joints that it's a 4500 lb axle. Do you know where I might find a NOS front driveshaft or have the definitive answers for what exactly I need.? Thanks for any help on this.

    Bob Denton

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    definitely a 3500lb front axle
    I have an NOS unit on the shelf, that I can take a picture of/measure for reference.
    militarysurplusparts usually has lots of M880 stuff on e bay
    junk yards / where ever it is a standard Dodge W200 that you have, no need to confuse them with military truck.

    3500lb axle is a Dana 44
    4500lb axle is a Dana 60
    the shaft for the 60 will be a little shorter than the one for the 44

    http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/d...ive+shaft,2308
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    Hi Bob,
    That's exactly what I was telling the guys at the different auto parts placesI went to but they made me start to doubt so I knew someone here would confirm my beliefs. A friend of mine told me abut a driveshaft guy we have not too far from home and he has it to rebuild for me since this morning. He'll do it for $70.00 cheaper than Cardone. and he does the whole thing, strips it, new u-joints, balances it and repaints it. He said two days. I saw some examples of his finished work. very nice. Thanks for your quick response. I know now you're the guy to ask about M880's . Thanks again.
    Bob

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    If you are still suspecting the gears, did I miss it, or why has no one suggested you pull the fill plug on the differential and dip a sample of the oil on a piece of tubing or other tool if it does not run out a bit, looking for larger amounts of silver flakes in it? For the cost of a gasket or some RTV you can also pull the cover off and check the oil and gears visually. A do it yourself that will give you a definite answer at low cost.
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