Parts for 1972-1974 Dodge W100 and W200 4x4 Open Knuckle Dana 44 Front Drive Axles

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Dodge parts books first catalog Dana 44 open knuckle front axles for 1972 model year vehicles. Dana lists an open knuckle axle for 1971-1/2, but as far as we can determine, these axles were in 1972 model year trucks. The new, drum brake, open knuckle front axle with serviceable wheel bearings replaced Dana 44 closed knuckle axles that had been used by Dodge since 1957. In 1974, we started seeing the newly introduced Ramcharger with a troublesome live spindle, full time, disc brake front axle. Dodge parts books do not list the introduction dates for the live spindle axles in the pickups, but most if not all 1974 W100/W250 trucks with Dana 44 axles will have the older drum brake axle with serviceable wheel bearings. There may be a few early 1975 pickups with the older axle, however every 1975 W-series pickup we can remember had the live spindle front axle. It is too bad Dodge did not just upgrade the 1972-1974 axle with disc brakes as the serviceable wheel bearing design is much more reliable than the full time axle that replaced it.

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  Axle Universal Joint: Dodge beefed up the axle u-joints and spindle parts on some axles in mid-year 1972, however the older design parts continued to be used for some drivetrain combinations into the 1973 model year. Before ordering axle u-joints or spindle parts, verify the diameter of the axle universal joint cups.
1971:Axle U-Joint Cup Size is 1-1/16"
1972 and 1973: Axle U-Joint Cup Size can be either 1-1/16" or 1-3/16"
1974 and 1975: Axle U-Joint Cup Size is 1-3/16"
 
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Axle Assemblies and Axle Housings
     
     
     
Axle Shafts
     
     
     
Axle Shaft Seals and Seal Kits
     
     
     
Axle Universal Joints
Dodge increased the axle u-joint size on some axles in mid-year 1972, however the older, smaller u-joints continued to be used for some drivetrain combinations into the 1973 model year. Before ordering axle u-joints, verify the diameter of the axle universal joint cups!
1972 and 1973: Axle U-Joint Cup Size can be either 1-1/16" (Small) or 1-3/16" (Medium)
1974 and 1975: Axle U-Joint Cup Size is 1-3/16" (Medium)

For the early, small 1-1/16" u-joint we have only one non-greaseable choice as the small cross will lose too much strength if drilled for lube channels. We offer three different 1-3/16" Universal Joints. All are good, reliable products, but different manufacturing techniques and seal types will have a major influence on the ultimate life of the joint under most conditions.
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QU40754 1972.5-1975 Dodge Dana 44 Greaseable Medium Front Axle Shaft U-Joint is a heavy-duty, hot-forged, Greaseable 1-3/16" diameter cup, front axle shaft universal joint with metal backed seals for increased resistance to water contamination. This low-cost, but durable part is one of our most popular axle u-joints.
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QU90007 Greaseable Axle U-Joint with Rubber Seals for 1972.5-1975 Dodge Dana 44 Front Axles Value priced with 1-3/16" diameter cups, Hot-Forged cross and flexible rubber seals
TK40712 Premium Torque King® Cold-Forged Non-Greaseable Medium Axle U-Joint for 1972.5-1975 Dodge Dana 44 Front Axles is a premium, quality factory lubed, 1-3/16" cup diameter universal joint for your heavy-duty 4x4. TK40712 is our best selling u-joint for this application because it combines the strength of a solid, cold-forged cross with excellent seals and a maintenance free, factory-lubed design that meets or exceeds all original equipment specifications.
QU40792 1972-1973 Dodge Dana 44 Small Front Axle Shaft U-Joint is a hot-forged, original equipment, non-greaseable, front axle shaft universal joint with 1-1/16" diameter cups. This is the strongest production u-joint we know of for this application.
QU40822 1310 Series Axle U-Joint with 1-1/16" cups for 1972-1975 Dodge Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
     
Ball Joints
The 1972-1975 Dodge Dana 44 Beam Type open knuckle front axle uses replaceable Ball Joints pressed into the steering knuckle. Both Ball Joints are weight bearing. A threaded adjuster that screws into the upper hole of the axle yoke is used to provide preload on the Ball Joints. Dana has modified the seal configuration on the current production parts, but the high quality and basic Ball Joint design has remained unchanged since the early 1970's. Over the years we have found the average Ball Joint life of our non-greaseable, factory Dana Ball Joints to be 7 to 10 years for vehicles used as daily drivers and/or work vehicles. Link to Our Dodge Web Page Index
QU40187 Original Equipment Ball Joint Set for 4x4 Bolt Front Axles are the current production original equipment, factory lubed,

Upper and Lower Ball Joints with hardware for 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
     
Brake Parts
     
     
     
Differential and Pinion Bearings (Individual)
All 1972 to 1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with open knuckle Dana 44 Front Axles use the same differential and pinion bearings.
All bearings are not created equal for fit or durability, so we only stock first class, long lasting, Timken® Differential and Pinion Bearings for your Dana front axle. Timken® was and is a a major original equipment supplier of top-notch bearing components to Dana Spicer. Since I first started rebuilding Dana axles in the mid 1970's, I have found Timken® Bearings to be the most consistent in relation to the published dimensions of any bearing on the market which makes rebuilding an axle right the first time a WHOLE lot easier!
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QU50533 Timken® Outer Pinion Bearing Cup for 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
QU50534 Timken® Outer Pinion Bearing for 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
QU50535 Timken® Inner Pinion Bearing Cup for 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
QU50536 Timken® Inner Pinion Bearing for 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
QU50538 Timken® Differential Side Bearing for 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles. (uses 2)
QU50537 Timken® Differential Side Bearing Cup for 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles. (uses 2)
Differential Bearing and Seal Kits
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Differential Parts
QU30170U Loaded Differential Case for Dana 44 with 3.92 to 5.89 ratio gear sets and 30 spline axle shafts.
  QU40632 Empty Differential Case Kit for Dana Model 44 3.73 and numerically lower ratios. Includes ring gear bolts and diff shims.
  QU40633 Loaded Differential Case Assembly for Dana Model 44 3.73 and numerically lower ratios. Includes spider gears, diff bearings, ring gear bolts and diff shims.
  QU40634 Empty Differential Case Kit for Dana Model 44 3.92 and numerically higher ratios. Includes ring gear bolts and diff shims.
  QU40635 Loaded Differential Case Assembly for Dana Model 44 3.92 and numerically higher ratios. Includes spider gears, diff bearings, ring gear bolts, and diff shims. 40635
     
     
Gaskets and Gasket Makers
     
TK40573 Torque King® 6 Bolt Front Hub Gasket for 1971-1975 Dodge W200 Open Knuckle Dana 44 Axle with 6 Bolt external mount lockout hubs is a brand new, precision cut, high-tech hub gasket.
QU40214 Dana 44 Cover Gasket is a genuine original equipment Dana Gasket for all Dana-Spicer Model 44 axles
     
     
     
     
Hubs and Hub Parts
The wheel hub used on 1972-1974 Dodge 1/2 ton 4x4s with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles has internal splines. All the 1972-1974 3/4 tons use bolt on type hubs. 1975 was the year Dodge introduced Dana 44 live spindle front axles for the W series 4x4s. There were probably a few 1975 special order trucks built with the older, drum brake front axles which can be equipped with lockout hubs, but the majority of 1975 to 1979 trucks will have live spindle, full time front axles. Link to Our Dodge Web Page Index
QU56018 Warn Manual Hub Set is a relable, original equipment quality hub set with installation hardware for all part time transfer case equipped 1972 to 1974 Dodge W100 1/2 tons with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
QU56019 1 Side Warn Manual Hub Set
QK4918 Hub Service Kit For QU56018 Warn Manual Hub Set.
QU50818 Warn Premium Quality 6 Bolt External Mount Hub Set for 1972-19714 W200 3/4 Ton 4x4s with Dana 44 front axles.
QU40548 M31E Warn Lock-O-Matic Hub Set Looking for the ultimate Lock Out Hub set for your restored 1960's to mid 1970's 3/4 or 1 ton gem? Tough Warn Lock-O-Matic Hubs give you the option of automatic engagement/disengagement AND the ability to manually engage the hubs for compression braking and continuous 4 wheeling.

QU40427 GM 10 Bolt and Dana 44 Full Time Front End Hub Cap is a genuine Dana replacement part for 1973-1975 Dodge 4x4 SUVs and trucks with Dana 44 front axles

QU40614 Inverted Lug Outer Axle Shaft Snap Ring is a genuine original equipment Dana part for 1972 to 1975 Dodge with 19 Spline Outer Axle Shafts. One of these snap rings is used on each outer axle shaft.

QU40035 Hub Spring Plate fits between the QU40050 hub spring and the outer wheel bearing cup on SUV's, and pickups with Dana Spicer Model 44 front drive axles equipped with internal mount, Spicer lock out hubs or full time drive gears.
QU40050 Spicer Tapered Hub Spring for SUV's, and pickups with Dana Spicer Model 44 front drive axles equipped with internal mount, Spicer lock out hubs or full time drive gears. These springs were used on most of the late 1960's to mid 1980's Dodge with internal splined front wheel hubs.
     
     
     
Manuals and Technical Information
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Miscellaneous Parts
QU90009 Universal Axle Service Pack is the Bargain Priced Chemical Service Pack included in many of our QU series Differential Bearing Kits. You get Threadlocker for the ring gear bolts, diff cap bolts, and pinion nut, QU90008 Gear Marking Compound for checking the tooth pattern on your gear set, Blue RTV sealant for the diff cover and a small brush to apply the Gear Marking Compound.
     
     
     
     
     
     
Pinion Seals and Pinion Yokes
     
QU40215 Dana 44 Front Axle Pinion Seal is a genuine original equipment pinion seal for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton and W200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
     
     
Ring and Pinion Kits
  QU40177 Genuine Dana 4.09 Ring and Pinion Kit with pinion bearings, pinion seal, and small parts for standard Dana 44 axles. Use with 26 spline pinion yoke.
  QU40447 Genuine Dana 3.54 Ring and Pinion Kit with pinion bearings and small parts for Dana 44.
     
Small Parts
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Spindles and Spindle Nuts
  Dodge used both hex and round spindle nuts on Dana 44 open knuckle front axles with drum brakes. As far as I have been experianced, all the W-100 1/2 ton trucks with internal splined wheel hubs use a 3 piece round spindle nut set with 4 slot nuts. W-200 3/4 ton models will have external mount hubs and use a 4 piece spindle nut set with 2 hex nuts, a flat inner spindle washer and a bend over tab lockwasher.  
QU40004 W100 Inner Spindle Nut for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
QU40060 W100 Spindle Nut Lock Washer for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
QU40031 W100 Outer Spindle Nut for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
QK4727 W100 Front Spindle Nut and Washer Kit for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
     
     
Spindle Bearings and Seals
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Steering Knuckles
     
     
     
Steering Linkage Parts
     
     
     
     
Tools
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Wheel Bearings and Seals (Individual)
Dodge W100 1/2 ton trucks do not use the same wheel bearings and seals as those found on similar year 3/4 ton W200 trucks. 1975 was the year Dodge introduced Dana 44 live spindle front axles for the W series 4x4s. There were probably a few 1975 special order trucks built with the older, drum brake front axles which can be equipped with lockout hubs, but the majority of 1975 trucks will have live spindle, full time front axles which use completely different bearings. Link to Our Dodge Web Page Index
QU50654 W100 Front Wheel Seal for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
QU50577 W100 Timken® Inner Wheel Bearing Cup for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
QU50578 W100 Timken® Inner Wheel Bearing for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
QU50447 W100 Timken® Outer Wheel Bearing Cup for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
QU50448 W100 Timken® Outer Wheel Bearing for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-100 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
QU50704 W200 Front Wheel Seal for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-200 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles.
  QU50702 W200 Timken® Inner Wheel Bearing for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-200 3/4 ton ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles. CALL
  QU50701 W200 Timken® Inner or Outer Wheel Bearing Cup for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-200 3/4 ton 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles. CALL
  QU50703 W200 Timken® Outer Wheel Bearing for all 1972-1975 Dodge W-200 3/4 ton ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 drum brake, open knuckle front axles. CALL
Wheel Bearing and Seal Kits
It is always good preventative maintenance to replace the all wheel bearings and seals when restoring or maintaining your vintage 4x4. The parts availability for decades old 4x4s declines on a daily basis. Wrecking a wheel hub and/or spindle when the old bearing you reused fails can either cost you a mint or put your broken-down truck on blocks forever. We stock Kits with high quality Timken® Wheel Bearings and North American made Wheel Seals to keep your veteran Dodge rolling, plus, you can order your Kit with or without install tools Link to Our Dodge Web Page Index
TK4911/TK4912 1972 to 1974 Dodge 1/2 ton Torque King® Wheel Bearing Kits for Dana 44 Front Axles fit 1972 to 1974 Dodge W100 4x4 pickups. TK4911 Master Kit includes 4 Timken® Bearings with Bearing Cups, 2 Wheel Seals, Bearing Cup Installers, Wheel Seal Installer and Driver Handle. TK4912 Parts Only Kit includes the same great parts but no tools.