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Old 12-21-2010, 07:47 PM
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So, I may be purchasing a 2004 Grand Cherokee for cheap due to the owner burning out the front differential on accident... Now I know they use the Dana 30, my question is how easy/hard will it be to swap it out? Not too familiar with axles and what-not, is this a solid front?
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Yep, Dana 30, FBI axle: 27 spline, can have a 3.55 or 3.73 ratio. No difference from '99-'04. Pick 'n Pulls should be loaded with them...

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Now, I want to make sure I have the right ratio, how can I figure it out which one I need?
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Dana axles are usually stamped somewhere with the ratio. If not check the glovebox for a sticker with axle ratio. If you strike out there, you can always either goto a dealer or the Jeep website and request a build sheet which will detail everything that vehicle left the factory with. All you need is the VIN# and there is no fee for this service.

A build sheet will look like this one that I requested in 2006 when I bought mine:

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Congrats on the 2004. 1999 thru 2004 is my favorite Grand. Classy looking IMO. Also the easiest to work on. I can't stand the 2005-2010. I think they look all wrong.(no offense Hammer) Wasn't a fan of the earlier square body either, but that's just mainly because I tend to favor bodies with curves and bubbles...lol. The steering wheel was always in my chest. Seats didn't go back far enough, etc.
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Not quite mine yet, still trying to work with the guy (co-worker of my father) to figure out a good price. Still has $3K left to pay on it, but I don't think he could even get anything near that from a dealer... Anyone have any idea? I think $1000 would be a decent price to pay, front axle swap shouldn't be that too hard
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Congrats on the 2004. 1999 thru 2004 is my favorite Grand. Classy looking IMO. Also the easiest to work on. I can't stand the 2005-2010. I think they look all wrong.(no offense Hammer) Wasn't a fan of the earlier square body either, but that's just mainly because I tend to favor bodies with curves and bubbles...lol. The steering wheel was always in my chest. Seats didn't go back far enough, etc.
I agree with you. My GC is an '02. I love the WJs.

Although I gotta admit the 2011s are pretty damn sweet!!!


I dunno. Lowest I've seen any '04 with 4WD around here would be a Laredo 4.0 with upwards of 130k miles on it and the dealer was wanting $8995 for it. Now I have no idea what the dealer had in it or what they would have taken. That was the advertised price.
I also don't know how much you can deduct for the fact it needs a front axle. But yeah, I'd think it'd be tough for the dude to get what he owes for it...
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Well, he wanted $1500 so I met him halfway. Gonna probably pick it up this weekend (hopefully). Need to start pricing out a new axle... I'm hoping it won't cost that much, does anyone have a ballpark idea of the price?
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