Auburn Gear’s new 35-spline ECTED Max JK Dana 44 differential is quite the impressive little unit, but it’s specifically built for a JK (Wrangler) Dana 44 differential housing and nothing else. What is the difference? Well, besides a stronger pinion setup, the JK Dana 44 uses an 8.8-inch ring gear, giving you a stronger ring and pinion set. With a stronger pinion, the JK Dana setup has now alleviated the weakest point in a typical Dana 44 setup (the pinion). The next most common break would be the typical 30-spline axleshafts found on a standard Dana 44. And that’s why Auburn invented the 35-spline ECTED Max for the JK Dana 44 housing. When we wanted to build a lightweight axle almost as strong as a Dana 60, but with more ground clearance and fewer unsprung pounds, the JK Dana 44 centersection stuffed with a 35-spline ECTED Max seemed like the perfect setup. ECTED stands for Electronically-Controlled Traction-Enhancing Differential. The “Max” unit is a 35-spline differential specifically built to fit into a JK Dana 44 centersection. The ECTED goes from an “unlocked” limited slip position to a “locked” position with the flick of a switch on the dash (once installed).ECTED stands for Electronically-Controlled Traction-Enhancing Differential. The “Max” unit What’s the difference? Well a JK Dana 44 differential uses an 8.8-inch ring gear, a stronger pinion setup, and has larger carrier bearings. The larger diameter allows a 35-spline axleshaft to be accepted into the differential while keeping ample material around them to ensure the ECTED Max doesn’t break.What’s the difference? Well a JK Dana 44 differential uses an 8.8-inch ring gear, a strong All Auburn Gear ECTED differentials use two wires that come out the top of the housing and control the actuation of the differential via a switch that you will need to mount on the dash or center console. The two wires run to a magnetic coil that rides on ball bearings and is stationary (does not spin with the differential).All Auburn Gear ECTED differentials use two wires that come out the top of the housing and Specs Differential Type: Limited-slip locking differential with limited-slip and locked positions Locking Actuation: electronically locking Application: JK Dana 44 Axle Spline Count: 35 Carrier Split: No carrier split, 4.10-and-up (numerically) gears Ring Gear Size: 8.8 inches Estimated Cost: $800 Sources AUBURN GEAR, INC. 400 East Auburn Drive Auburn IN 46706 260-925-32__ www.auburngear.com By Jerrod Jones Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!