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Your 2014 is an Outdoorsman and doesn't have a clutch in the transfer case. It uses a chain.

Only AWD 4X4 vehicles use clutches in the transfer case, these allow for better driving, handling and mpg while still being able to go into a AWD situation.
The 44-44 has a chain too, you can see it when you pull the drain and fill plugs.

AWD vehicles do not use transfer cases, they use differentials. The 44-44 is a full time transfer case
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AWD and full time 4wd are often the same thing for marketing terms.
The 44-44 uses a clutch it is not a locked drive system like the 44-45 is.

All 4 wheel drives use differentials - well unless they are electric with 4 motors.

The differentials are on the drive axles, but power has to get to those drive axles and that is via a transfer case in most situations.

I am not sure on the BMW, subaru, Jag, etc systems as I have never looked at them.

The biggest marketing difference between AWD and full time 4WD is the AWD is computer controlled with no input from the driver, the full time 4WD must be selected by the driver - but the operation is similar, not identical but similar in the sense that the front and rear is not locked together like a traditional 4WD.

But to be honest, for what I use the truck for I would prefer the 44-44 transfer case as I hate the push button system to shift on the fly.

I don't off road the truck but do use it on a cross country trip every Feb. or Mar. and the interstates can be spotty at times where you don't need 4wd for the most part but there are patches here and there that the added safety of 4wd would be nice and the push button system is A. hard to find B. slow to respond.
The switch system in my old 2001 dakota was a major upgrade over the stupid push button.

Why the 1500 with the 44-45 doesn't have a switch like the 2500 is beyond me.

That is by far my biggest complaint with the Outdoorsman, well that and the mpg.

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