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Axle Nut Size??

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by RonBoy, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. Sep 22, 2005

    RonBoy New Member

    Chicago Area
    Dec 4, 2003
    My '62 CJ5 has a Dana 44 with tapered axles. What size is that axle nut? I've had it off for a while for rehab work but I think I took it off with a large adjustable wrench. I thought maybe I would borrow the right size socket and do it right putting it back on - so I measured it. I get about 1.456" (max). That comes out a bit more than 1 29/64". I don't think they make either that size or even 1 15/32" sockets. I converted to metric and it comes out to 37mm. Can that be? It would be the only metric thing I have found on this Jeep. One of my buddies has a nice set of large metric sockets and it only goes to 36mm. Am I missing something?
  2. Sep 22, 2005

    speedbuggy Looking for a Jeep now

    Living the Good...
    Jul 1, 2004
    I've got the socket at home. I'll look tonight if no one answers you.
  3. Sep 22, 2005


    I think that rear axle nut is 1 1/4". I remember because I went out and purchased a 3/4" drive socket set just for it.
  4. Sep 22, 2005
    Old Bill

    Old Bill Aggressively passive....

    Really Southern...
    Nov 12, 2004
    I'm "kinda" sure that my D44 had 1 7/16" nuts on it. Socket only comes in 3/4" drive at Sears, so I had to buy a non-ratcheting handle too. Still ended up using a cheater bar to get the castle nut to line up.....
  5. Sep 22, 2005

    MOP Active Member

    Pullman, WA
    Sep 25, 2003
  6. Sep 22, 2005


    That's what I did. :D
  7. Oct 23, 2006

    equin New Member

    Lancaster, TX
    Sep 29, 2004
    I'm in the same boat as you, except for mine's a 47 CJ2A with the Dana 41. I found this write-up with pics - http://www.mightymo.org/Proj_D41-2Replacement.html - where it says that the Dana 41 10 spline axle is identical to the Dana 44 10 spline axle. In it, he uses a 1 7/16" socket (although it actually says 1 7/6" socket, but I think that's a typo).

    And thanks to MOP for the Harbor Freight link. I've been looking for a 1 7/16" axle nut socket everywhere. Biggest axle nut sockets I've found are a 36 mm socket and a 2 3/8" wheel bearing socket. Already have a 36 mm socket, and it's definitely too small. Don't really feel like paying that much for all those other sockets, but I guess it'll have to do since I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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