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44 has 8 1/2" ring gear, 36 is more like 7 3/4. The Dana 36 should be fine at your power level. Hard launches on slicks will kill it though. While you have it apart replace the clutch pack. They do wear out.
with Brian, you can't let them get away with something like that. Im sure if you call them and tell them whats going on they will take care of it for you. They probably just pulled the rear and sold it without opening it up for inspection.You also said you thought you would get a D44, not a D36. They may of screwed up and sent the wrong rear by accident.. You need to get this straightened out ....Call them!!!! WW
I talked to Ikerd they said it should not have gone out that way.
But the funny thing is that (they shipped everything in separate boxes 5ea. to get under the shipping weight) the Pumpkin by it self, in it's own box separate from the batwing, it was Easy to look right in and see the damage, especially as Clean as it was.
Oh well Mistakes happen, at least they will make good on it.
I have broken too many 7.625 geared rear ends. One set of 4.10 gears broken, 1 set of 3.73 broken and one set of 3.73 where the pinion bearings spun on the rear end. In my Vette, within a few months, I found my 3.08 gears that were stock had a break when I was installing the D44.