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We were happy with our choice with regard to gear, housing, and axleshaft strength, but the lower pinion of the 9-inch gave us some concern. We went with a short yoke and U-bolts to fasten the driveshaft. The pinion is 3/4-inch lower than the Dana 44 we replaced, and we plan on smaller tires which can bring the pinion almost 2 inches closer to the ground. We went with a James Duff Enterprises 1/4-inch thick Duff Diff Protector to help keep the pinion out of harm's way.